Georgetown University may be America's oldest Catholic university, but that doesn't mean Catholic teaching is welcome on campus. This week a student paper, The Hoya, ran an editorial denouncing a Catholic group on campus as hateful and calling for their student funding to be pulled all because they stated that they believed in the Catholic teaching on marriage:
"Love Saxa does not deserve the benefit of university recognition. As a group whose mission advocates against equal rights for the LGBTQ community, Love Saxa fosters intolerance. As such, the club is antithetical to what a university club should be, and it should be ineligible for any university benefits."
Rather odd given Georgetown's Catholic roots and also the way the university describes itself on their own website as exposing students to different beliefs:
"Established in 1789, Georgetown is the nation’s oldest Catholic and Jesuit university. Drawing upon the 450-year-old legacy of Jesuit education, we provide students with a world-class learning experience focused on educating the whole person through exposure to different faiths, cultures and beliefs."
So what is the mortal sin committed by Love Saxa, a student group that receives about $250 in funding? In a September op-ed published by The Hoya, the group expressed support for the definition of marriage put forward by the Catholic Church:
"...we believe that marriage is a conjugal union on every level – emotional, spiritual, physical and mental – directed toward caring for biological children."
While the group did explicitly say that marriage excludes same-sex couples, they did say that they wanted to work with LGBT students on campus to address certain issues, including revenge porn, something the group said affects gay students.
All of it was too much for The Hoya's editorial board, which is calling for the group to be shut down:
"Love Saxa has codified a mission that is fundamentally intolerant and hateful."
So much for "exposure to different faiths, cultures and beliefs." Once again, students on campus are proving that isn't what they want to be exposed to, it's what they want to be protected from.