Skip to comments.Catholic university includes ‘homosexuality’ in course on ‘deviant behavior’
Posted on 09/04/2012 1:23:13 PM PDT by scottjewell
STEUBENVILLE, Ohio A group of gay university alumni and allies is challenging the Franciscan University in Steubenville, Ohio, over its inclusion of homosexuality in its course on deviant behavior.
The group, Gay Alumni and Allies of Catholic Universities, said that Franciscan University, a conservative Catholic institution on the Ohio-West Virginia border, is contributing to a culture of hate and ignorance by teaching ideological falsehoods in the classroom rather than solid, proven research and evidence.
But according to the University, the principles of academic freedom apply to the course and that homosexual acts are intrinsically disordered.
At issue is this course on Deviant Behavior, found on Franciscan Universitys active course offerings listed on its website:
DEVIANT BEHAVIOR focuses on the sociological theories of deviant behavior such as strain theory, differential association theory, labeling theory, and phenomenological theory. The behaviors that are primarily examined are murder, rape, robbery, prostitution, homosexuality, mental illness, and drug use. The course focuses on structural conditions in society that potentially play a role in influencing deviant behavior. (Emphasis added.) 3 credit hours
The group, which has no official connection to Franciscan University and initially identified itself as Franciscan Gay Alumni & Allies, issued a statement last week condemning the course, and asking the University to revise its curriculum.
Despite more than 25 years of solid mainstream scholarship in the fields of psychology, social work, and mental health demonstrating the psychological health of gay and lesbian individuals, Franciscan University continues to teach otherwise, allowing pseudo-science to be taught at an accredited university.
To classify the normal day-to-day life of gay and lesbian citizens as being on par with that of murderers, rapists, and prostitutes is offensive, untrue, and an example of religious ideology being allowed to trump the scientifically demonstrated truth of the matter.
The latest version of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV) does NOT include homosexuality as a disorder or form of deviant behavior. All major professional mental health organizations have gone on record to affirm that homosexuality is not a mental disorder or deviant behavior. The continued classification of homosexuality as deviant behavior is rejected by the overwhelming majority of the professional psychological community and by many Catholic theologians.
But in response, the group said it received only a cease and desist notice by the Universitys General Counsel, Adam E. Scurti, advising the group that it had no right to use the Name of Franciscan University, its logo or any other reference to the University in any of its activities.
The alumni group has since dropped the words Franciscan University from its name, but continues to ask why the course is being described or taught in that manner.
Daniel R. Kempton, vice president for academic affairs, in a statement responding to Inside Higher Ed, said that some materials used in the course present the view that homosexual behavior is not deviant, but added that principles of academic freedom apply to the course and that the view that homosexuality is deviant is a legitimate perspective for the course.
While critics of the university are entitled to their opinion that their understanding of homosexual behavior is scientifically confirmed and thus should be imposed on all universities, we respectfully disagree, he said.
Kempton quoted Catechism of the Catholic Church as saying that while gay people should be treated with respect and dignity, homosexual acts are intrinsically disordered. They are contrary to the natural law.
as it ahould be
Good for them.
Yes. I wonder what the charges of hate speech brought by
Gay Alumni and Allies of Catholic Universities will amount to.
omg, what is he trying to do, hang himself, or is it an asphyxiation rush toy he brought to the DNC? good lord.
Next thing you know Fransiscan will allow a Chik Fil A to open on campus!! Hate mongers!!
If you don’t like the course...DON’T TAKE IT!
Homosexual behavior is deviant. Its a fact. Get over it.
Things that make you go, “WTH?”
So much for “academic freedom”.
Uh - it's a religious university. It's responsibility is to teach what it believes God demands. What's the point of a Church that replaces God's teachings with man's opinions?
Of course we all know the gay advocates will not stop until they get the course removed from the curriculum. They are already charging it with being “hate promoting” and “unscientific”. And the dean admits that PART of the course will say that gays are NOT deviant - only one section explores that perhaps they ARE. But they will not allow that dissenting view, just watch them with their litigation.
Yes, you’re right - but these dolts believe that man-made opinion has supremacy over religion and word of God. They simply will allow NO dissent. They want ONE ideology to prevail, and all others must bow to it.
Heh. Good luck with that. Franciscan has been solid and thriving for 25 years and more.
initially identified itself as Franciscan Gay Alumni & Allies,
. . . but had to change their name or get sued by Franciscan, since they're not alumni of that university. (Gotta lie, eh?)
To classify the normal day-to-day life of gay and lesbian citizens as being on par with that of murderers, rapists, and prostitutes is offensive . . .
. . . to rapists and prostitutes, perhaps. The Four Sins that Cry to Heaven for Vengeance (God's, that is) are 1) Willful Murder; 2) Sodomy; 3) Oppressing the widow and the orphan; and 4) Depriving the Workman of his just wages.
So, they have a point. Sodomy is classified as worse than some of the other things mentioned. But you can't explain everything in a course catalogue.
haha, fudge-packing is NOT a perversion? Prove it.
Who are they suing, then? The Pope? The Catholic Church? The Catechism.
Ahh, the pervs, you gotta love ‘em. Vicious, destructive, self-destructive - scorched earth policy on absolutely ANYTHING that does not line up with their delusion.
The Truth exposes the Lie every time.
I don't know about loving them, but I do feel sorry for them. They've been crying for the one thing they need since the 1980s, and they can't get it from the people of the United States because it isn't ours to give.
They've been crying for a sense of peace that comes from knowing they're OK. And they're not OK. And nothing we can do will make them OK, not ignoring them, not accepting them, not allowing them to marry, not teaching falsehoods in our schools.
They want the peace of God, and they can't have that until they align themselves with God. Until they figure that out, they can never be happy.
Would that be akin to "Democrat Party Freepers and Friends" ?
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