Skip to comments.Georgetown community criticizes Sandra Fluke campus event (closed to public & media)
Posted on 04/25/2012 6:10:03 AM PDT by NYer
Georgetown University Healy Hall. Credit: Aurelien Guichard
More than 100 students and alumni of Georgetown University criticized activist Sandra Flukes recent invitation to speak on campus without clarification of the Catholic Churchs teaching on contraception.
The group signed a letter calling on the Jesuit university to release a statement clarifying its position on this fundamental issue of debate to ensure that students are accurately informed on both the universitys current insurance policy and Church teaching.
The statement came in response to an April 16 campus event, titled A Conversation with Sandra Fluke on Contraception Access.
Fluke gained national attention in February, when she testified before a policy committee for U.S. House Democrats on why she thought religious institutions such as Georgetown University should be required to provide free contraception to students.
The Georgetown event, organized by the universitys student-run Lecture Fund and Public Policy Institute, was closed to outside press and the public.
The event preview on the Georgetown website described Fluke as the former co-president of Georgetown Law Students for Reproductive Justice and the Career Chair for the Law Center's LGBT student group.
In an April 16 letter to Georgetown President John J. DeGioia and other members of the administration, students and alumni voiced concern that the university was offering Fluke a forum to promote views which are contrary to Church teaching.
They observed that many members of the Georgetown community are proud of the schools Catholic and Jesuit identity and chose to attend the university in part because of its faith dimension.
The signatories noted that the university hosts pro-life events and supports pregnant faculty and staff and that many students are involved in pro-life groups.
With several prominent pro-life alumni and major pro-life organizations founded at the university, Georgetown has a rich legacy in support of the pro-life movement, they said.
Given the universitys commitment to life, misconceptions involving Georgetowns insurance policy particularly in light of Flukes Congressional testimony need to be addressed, the letter added.
Many students seem to be unaware that the Church allows for hormonal prescriptions for medical conditions, as well as the fact that the university has an exception within its insurance policy for such conditions, they said.
While acknowledging the importance of respectful, civil discourse on important topics, the group explained that a true dialogue is not achieved if an equal opportunity is not provided for the virtues of the Church's teachings on sexuality and contraception to be presented.
If the university fails to present the Churchs view on the controversial subject, any hope of an adequately informed student body will be lost, they said.
Although informed debate can be both healthy and productive debate without sufficient knowledge can lead to emotional responses that are unproductive and lead to unnecessary division and misunderstanding, the group noted.
Faith and reason can only work together if students are adequately informed.
There’s a running joke among Georgetown alumni:
Many new students come to the renowned school not knowing it’s a Catholic university.
The Alumni always respond with, “ But do they know when they graduate.”
Another day in Obamaland.
Now pay your taxes - Fluke needs condoms.
Any further doubt about all-out communist infiltration of all social institutions, esp the Church?
“Any further doubt about all-out communist infiltration of all social institutions, esp the Church?”
The term “communist” produces eye-rolls in many people. The think of Dr. Strangelove and communist plots to impurify our precious bodily fluids.
I propose the term “neo-communist”.
Surprised that Georgetown has not heard from Rome.
> Surprised that Georgetown has not heard from Rome.
Neither has “Catholic” Nancy Pelosi, Fluke’s mentor and enabler. It was Pelosi that arranged this moot “hearing” in the first place, to embarrass the Church.
Pelosi and her fellow pro-abort, pro-homo, anti-Christ “Catholics” should have been excommunicated YEARS ago.
But they are all still receiving communion.
The Church leadership has lost its spine and its teeth.
Hang on a minute.
Why would Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals, and Transgenders need contraception?
Ok, maybe the Bisexuals, but really now, this is just ridiculous. Reproductive Justice? What the heck?
IMO, the Chancellor of Georgetown should have bounced Sandra (the) Fluke off-campus and out of school after her media-whore appearance before SanFranNan (the media-whore’s) Congressional committee that investigated ONLY Sandra (the) Fluke at taxpayer’s expense!!
This was an orchestrated dog and pony show that only had dogs!!
That could start to happen as more of the modernists bishops that reach a certain age begin to “retire” and the Pope begins to appoint much more taditional-minded bishops to the ordinary or diocese level.