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Catholic university includes ‘homosexuality’ in course on ‘deviant behavior’
LGBTQNation ^ | Sep 4 2012 | Staff

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 University’s 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 University’s 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.”


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: Ohio
KEYWORDS: behavior; catholic; course; deviant; education; franciscan; franciscanuniversity; homosexualagenda; homosexuality; ohio; rape; steubenville; university

1 posted on 09/04/2012 1:23:19 PM PDT by scottjewell
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To: scottjewell

as it ahould be


2 posted on 09/04/2012 1:26:05 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: scottjewell

Good for them.


3 posted on 09/04/2012 1:28:43 PM PDT by Vision ("Did I not say to you that if you would believe, you would see the glory of God?" John 11:40)
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To: GeronL

Yes. I wonder what the charges of hate speech brought by
Gay Alumni and Allies of Catholic Universities will amount to.


4 posted on 09/04/2012 1:28:50 PM PDT by scottjewell
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To: scottjewell

5 posted on 09/04/2012 1:29:31 PM PDT by TexasCajun
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To: TexasCajun

omg, what is he trying to do, hang himself, or is it an asphyxiation rush toy he brought to the DNC? good lord.


6 posted on 09/04/2012 1:32:20 PM PDT by scottjewell
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To: scottjewell

Next thing you know Fransiscan will allow a Chik Fil A to open on campus!! Hate mongers!!


7 posted on 09/04/2012 1:34:29 PM PDT by albie
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To: scottjewell

If you don’t like the course...DON’T TAKE IT!


8 posted on 09/04/2012 1:35:04 PM PDT by Don Corleone ("Oil the gun..eat the cannoli. Take it to the Mattress.")
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To: scottjewell

Homosexual behavior is deviant. Its a fact. Get over it.


9 posted on 09/04/2012 1:35:47 PM PDT by Phlap (REDNECK@LIBARTS.EDU)
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To: scottjewell

Things that make you go, “WTH?”


10 posted on 09/04/2012 1:36:08 PM PDT by Tax-chick (A meal without wine is like ... breakfast.)
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To: scottjewell

So much for “academic freedom”.


11 posted on 09/04/2012 1:39:54 PM PDT by rbg81
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To: scottjewell
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.

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?

12 posted on 09/04/2012 1:40:50 PM PDT by ArGee (Reality - what a concept.)
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To: Don Corleone; All

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.


13 posted on 09/04/2012 1:40:53 PM PDT by scottjewell
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To: ArGee

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.


14 posted on 09/04/2012 1:43:40 PM PDT by scottjewell
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To: scottjewell
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.”

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.

15 posted on 09/04/2012 1:46:31 PM PDT by SamuraiScot
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To: scottjewell

haha, fudge-packing is NOT a perversion? Prove it.


16 posted on 09/04/2012 1:46:47 PM PDT by bboop (Without justice, what else is the State but a great band of robbers? St. Augustine)
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To: scottjewell

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.


17 posted on 09/04/2012 1:49:39 PM PDT by bboop (Without justice, what else is the State but a great band of robbers? St. Augustine)
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To: scottjewell

Yeah, and?


18 posted on 09/04/2012 1:50:18 PM PDT by Antoninus (Sorry, gone rogue.)
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To: bboop
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.

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.

19 posted on 09/04/2012 1:54:29 PM PDT by ArGee (Reality - what a concept.)
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To: scottjewell
The group, which has no official connection to Franciscan University and initially identified itself as “Franciscan Gay Alumni & Allies,” ...

Would that be akin to "Democrat Party Freepers and Friends" ?

20 posted on 09/04/2012 1:55:22 PM PDT by kidd
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To: scottjewell

The complainers are not even connected to the university. This is a total non-story, just noise from another queer front group looking to smear the Church.

Gettin’ real old.


21 posted on 09/04/2012 1:55:53 PM PDT by workerbee (June 28, 2012 -- 9/11 From Within)
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To: kidd

LMAO...ha, yes indeed it would ;-)


22 posted on 09/04/2012 1:58:13 PM PDT by scottjewell
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To: scottjewell

You mean a man trying to mate with another man’s farty bunghole is deviant?


23 posted on 09/04/2012 2:01:22 PM PDT by AAABEST (Et lux in tenebris lucet: et tenebrae eam non comprehenderunt)
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To: ArGee

First, YEA for my Alma Mater. Other than that, the homosexuals aren’t afraid that a religious perspective will be taught. Religion is protestantized in this country, everybody considers it a personal opinion. Homosexuals are afraid that a university will look at the behavior from a scientific point of view. They’ve cowed left wing universities into burying facts behind propaganda but they might not (hopefully) be able to so that with Franciscan.

There is a large body of research that shows how destructive this behavior is. The science backs the church and people need to be informed.


24 posted on 09/04/2012 2:07:29 PM PDT by Varda
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To: scottjewell

Franciscan University is a conservative Catholic institution.

In the Bible, God condemns all homosexual acts.

Next question?


25 posted on 09/04/2012 2:09:02 PM PDT by upchuck ("Definition of 'racist:' someone that is winning an argument with a liberal." ~ Peter Brimelow)
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To: scottjewell

Wait for it. This University will be disciplined by the Catholic hierarchy for not being “sensitive” to the sodomites. Someone will get fired. And the sodomites will be allowed to create a “tolerance” course in place of this course.


26 posted on 09/04/2012 2:17:06 PM PDT by fwdude ( You cannot compromise with that which you must defeat.)
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To: TexasCajun

Oh...my...Rush talked about that, but I wasn’t sure whether to believe him.....


27 posted on 09/04/2012 2:19:28 PM PDT by goodnesswins (What has happened to America?)
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To: scottjewell

Deviant behavior deviates from the norm. Homosexuality is not the norm, so it deviates from the norm. Therefore, homosexuality is deviant behavior.

HOMOSEXUAL, because there’s nothing GAY about it.


28 posted on 09/04/2012 2:32:10 PM PDT by JimRed (Excise the cancer before it kills us; feed &water the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS, NOW & FOREVER!)
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To: fwdude
No, I don't think the hierarchy will rush to the gay agitators' defense. Other "Catholic" organizations might (Dignity, Network, Catholics for Obama, Catholic Association of (fill in the blanks).) But the hierarchy as such is pretty much stuck with Scripture and Catechism, there isn't any way to get out of it

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(Papal Smiley)

29 posted on 09/04/2012 2:51:16 PM PDT by Mrs. Don-o ("The Holy Catholic Church: the more Catholic it is, the more Holy it is.")
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To: JimRed

Agreed. But they are hell-bent on creating a “new normal” and on abnormalizing the rest of us, be sure of it.


30 posted on 09/04/2012 2:56:58 PM PDT by scottjewell
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To: ArGee

We are called by Jesus to love our enemies. That doesn’t mean we have to like what they do, though.


31 posted on 09/04/2012 3:32:25 PM PDT by rwa265
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To: Varda
"There is a large body of research that shows how destructive this behavior is. The science backs the church and people need to be informed."

I've known a number of homosexuals over the years (both flavors). NONE of them were mentally normal (and that is WITHOUT taking into consideration their "gayness"). They can be quite intelligent (even to brilliance), but they were all more than a little nuts.

32 posted on 09/04/2012 3:33:04 PM PDT by Wonder Warthog
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To: scottjewell

Franciscan Univ. is a true Catholic school, unlike G-town and ND. They won’ cave.


33 posted on 09/04/2012 4:35:18 PM PDT by Eagles6
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To: Eagles6

Good to hear! thanks muchly.


34 posted on 09/04/2012 4:56:51 PM PDT by scottjewell
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To: Wonder Warthog

I can believe that. They cluster with the mentally ill in a number of characteristics.


35 posted on 09/04/2012 5:05:38 PM PDT by Varda
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To: ArGee

It is that, exactly. We had a young man in our Bible Study group who had left the gay lifestyle, given his life to the Lord, was making his way in the world. He said that every day every gay person wakes up KNOWING in their heart that it is wrong.


36 posted on 09/05/2012 8:28:59 AM PDT by bboop (Without justice, what else is the State but a great band of robbers? St. Augustine)
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