Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Knee-jerk response from a student at Keene State College

In a previous post at this Blog, I wrote:

It is noteworthy that Keene State College offers a course entitled Women and the Holocaust (HOLO 254), the description of which reads:"Explores gender in Central Europe in the 1930's and 40s and women's experiences under Nazi rule - in ghettos, camps, and anti-fascist resistance - and as Holocaust survivors. Examines connections between the Holocaust and present-day manifestations of anti-Semitism, sexism, homophobia, nationalism, masculinity, and feminism." (Source: http://www.keene.edu/catalog/courses/HOLO.cfm)

This is disturbing because the word "homophobia" is employed by homosexual activists as a semantic weapon in the cultural war. Arthur Evans, co-founder of Gay Activist Alliance (GAA), explains how the homosexual movement came up with the word homophobia to characterize their opposition:"By good fortune, George Weinberg, a straight psycologist who had long been a friend of our community, regularly attended GAA meetings. Watching with fascination our zap and the media responses, he came up with the word we had been struggling for - 'homophobia,' meaning the irrational fear of loving someone of the same sex....The invention of the word 'homophobia' is an example of how theory can be rooted in practice. The word didn't come from an arm-chair academic viewing the movement at a distance....Instead, it came from personal interactions among active, thinking people who acknowledged a shared value: the transformation of society for the better." (Arthur Evans, "The Logic of Homophobia," http://gaytoday.badpuppy.com/garchive/viewpoint/101600vi.htm).

George Weinberg thereby classified moral opposition to homosexuality as a phobia: "I would never consider a patient healthy unless he had overcome his prejudice against homosexuality." (Quoted in Jack Nichols, "George Weinberg, Ph.D - Badpuppy's February Interview," http://gaytoday.badpuppy.com/garchive/interview/020397in.htm

That Keene State College would buy into the use of this semantic weapon is very troubling. There are inevitable religious consequences to this rationale. A sexual morality which is in accordance with Natural Law and the moral teachings of the Catholic Church (especially as expressed in the Catechism of the Catholic Church) is then viewed as harmful since it engenders "prejudice" and "irrational fears."And what of that course being offered by Keene State College - HOLO 254? What exactly will students be taught as the course examines "connections between the Holocaust and present-day manifestations of..homophobia"?

A student from Keene State College has left a comment at this Blog in which (he or she) says:

"I am a student at KSC and have taken Women in the Holocaust and nowhere in that course is the Catholic Church even mentioned. The literature read is from women survivors some of whom were actually Catholic! Homophobia is not a main topic discussed however when it is brought up, it is in reference to the Nazi policies and actions regarding the extreme persecution of homosexuals and in no way is reflective of the Catholic Church either during the Third Reich or the present day. I would also like to point out that the KSC course catalog is often vague in its course description because of the limit on the number of words allowed to describe the course.

In the future it would be wise to further investigate what a course is truly about (perhaps by contacting the professor or department that spearheads the course) before assuming an attack is being made."

Let's address this students main points one by one shall we?

First of all, this student writes, "nowhere in that course is the Catholic Church even mentioned." I never said otherwise.

Secondly, the Keene State College student says that "homophobia is not a main topic discussed" but fails to address the fact that the word "homophobia" is a semantic weapon which was coined by a friend of the homosexual movement and that this word is employed to silence opposition to the homosexual agenda.

Thirdly, this student writes, "I would also like to point out that the KSC course catalog is often vague in its course description because of the limit on the number of words allowed to describe the course." I fully understand this. But here's the point which this student fails to grasp: given the fact that there is a limit on the number of words "allowed to describe the course," one has to wonder why Keene State College would choose to include these words in its course description: "Examines connections between the Holocaust and present-day manifestations of...homophobia."

If "homophobia" is not a "main topic discussed" in the course, and Keene State College is bound by a limit on the number of words "allowed to describe the course," why would the College use those words as part of the course description? An excellent question, no?

Lastly, this student wrote, "In the future it would be wise to further investigate what a course is truly about (perhaps by contacting the professor or department that spearheads the course) before assuming an attack is being made."

But I never made any assumptions in my Blog post. I merely asked why Keene State College was buying into the use of the word "homophobia" which is a semantic weapon in the culture war and why the institution is offering a course, the description of which states: "Examines connections between the Holocaust and present-day manifestations of...homophobia."

Why does Keene State College use the politically-charged word "homophobia" when it is nothing more than a propaganda tool for the homosexual movement? And what is meant by "connections between the Holocaust and present-day manifestations of homophobia." Is this an attempt to smear [or simply intimidate] those who are opposed to homosexuality and whose understanding of sexual morality is in accordance with the Natural Law and the moral teachings of the Catholic Church?

Why the knee-jerk response from this KSC student?

1 comment:

Margaret said...

Why the knee-jerk response Paul? For the same reason Socrates was put to death for asking hard questions: the status quo doesn't like the questions.

Good for you!

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