The University Record, October 16, 1995

LETTERS

Reader disturbed by influence of gay, lesbian activism

I am always reminded when the beginning of a new school year starts by the sound of music from the University marching band as it practices in preparation for the upcoming football game, by the influx of new students as they move into residence halls, and most despondently, I am reminded when a new school year starts by the presence of gay/lesbian activism which is so prevalent on our college campuses today.

Most university-affiliated gay and lesbian organizations can be likened to a "roaring lion looking for someone to devour" (1 Peter 5:8). Unfortunately, the main diet for these predatory organizations are the young men and women who have recently moved away from home for the first time to begin their collegiate experience.

For many incoming freshmen, the feeding frenzy generally starts at summer orientation when students are kept in seclusion to view movies with pro-homosexual themes, or they may become unwilling participants in values clarification sessions for the examination and questioning of traditional family values and morality, and finally they are orientated by facilitators who support homosexual practices. Justification for this type of orientation program is based on the premise that diversity needs to be welcomed and celebrated, regardless of personal, parental or societal values.

Technological advancements have made it possible for gay and lesbian organizations to depend less on conspicuous bulletin boards or obelisks when posting literature on campus for the recruitment of new members. The installation of in-room computer services and cable television has now made it possible for students to receive ongoing educational programming within the confines of their dormitory rooms.

In order to legitimize gay and lesbian cohabitation, some universities are establishing by-laws that provide "special privilege status" or civil rights protection for those who engage in homosexual activities. At the University of Michigan, same-sex couples are being requested to document their relationships on a domestic partnership registration form before they qualify for employment benefits, family housing and financial aid. Scholarships and enrollment privileges will probably be forthcoming as special rights are extended to a group of people who can only be identified by a particular aspect of their behavior. Recently, the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals issued a unanimous ruling that homosexuals are not entitled to special protection under U.S. civil rights law.

As to the future of the men and women who are now starting their collegiate experience, there is probably no doubt that they will be encouraged to build a global community that values the environment, multiculturalism, humanism, gender equality and homosexuality, but at the detriment of God, family and country. If our universities and other educational institutions could be held legally or financially accountable for the human suffering caused by homosexuality as a result of educational programs, perhaps support for these programs would cease and our young men and women could finally be encouraged to pursue a college degree and a career instead of a homosexual relationship.

Bruce A. Bender, Central Campus
area maintenance coordinator,
Housing Facilities Department