Boston Catholic Journal
 

Suggested Reading:


The Problem
of Evil

The Problem of Evil: Exonerating God

Exonerating God


CCD

CCD: Crisis in Catholic Doctrine

Crisis in
Catholic Doctrine:

the Grave State of Religious Education in America



Boston Catholic Journal

Write us:

editor@boston-catholic-journal.com

Boston Catholic Journal
PO Box 80171
Stoneham, MA 02180 US
 


Go ahead ... try it!


 

 

 

HATE SPEECH:

Sacred Scripture and Church Doctrine

 

in the AcademThe University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaignc Eye of the Storm

 

The University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign vs. Professor Ken Howell,

the Federalist Papers, Scholarship, et alia

 

"Now, see here ... despite what James Madison stated in the Federalist Papers 1, I wish to believe otherwise, and in fact hold it to be not only an effrontery to me were I a pacifist, but in and of itself an incitement to violence — and must, therefore, be deemed "hate speech" specifically directed against pacifists. I demand that we amend the Federalist Papers to reflect this by either omitting the text or revising it to accommodate pacifists. That failing, I demand any course on the Federalist Papers be removed from the curricula, or so taught as to omit or revise this statement, among others, which I, together with the pacifist community, construe as hate-speech offensive to pacifists."

The University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign appears to side with me against Madison, the Founding Fathers, and the Constitution itself. What is more, any professors of Law who, "violate university standards of inclusivity", will be summarily terminated for any breach of this standard that supersedes every other standard including truth and scholarly objectivity — even if  the university's Academic Staff Handbook states that faculty "are entitled to freedom in the classroom in developing and discussing according to their areas of competence the subjects that they are assigned."
 

Any takers for a degree in Constitutional Law from the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign?

There is a queer, if consistent resonance between the above two paragraphs — and the university's firing of Professor Ken Howell who was brought on board to teach Introduction to Catholicism and Modern Catholic Thought — only to be dismissed for doing so:

 "My responsibility on teaching a class on Catholicism is to teach what the Catholic Church teaches," Howell said in an interview with The News-Gazette in Champaign. "I have always made it very, very clear to my students they are never required to believe what I'm teaching and they'll never be judged on that." 2

The reason for his summary dismissal? He taught authentic Catholic doctrine concerning homosexual activity as intrinsically sinful and disordered — a 2000 year old doctrine — that offended the "sensitivities" of a homosexual student:

"An unidentified student sent an e-mail to religion department head Robert McKim on May 13, calling Howell's e-mail "hate speech." The student claimed to be a friend of the offended student. The writer said in the e-mail that his friend wanted to remain anonymous...Teaching a student about the tenets of a religion is one thing," the student wrote. "Declaring that homosexual acts violate the natural laws of man is another." ... Ann Mester, an associate dean at the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, said Howell's e-mail justified his firing." 2

This is both troubling and frightening. Not only does it violate the free and critical examination and exchange of ideas upon which the enterprise of higher education is presumably predicated — as distinct from indoctrination, or the promotion of "acceptable ideas" — but  it makes ideological coercion a matter of policy. In other words, the coupling of ideology with policy supersedes the primacy of education, co-opts it, eventually supplants it, and then rigorously enforces it. Education, in a word, is the extension of ideology, and ceases to be the free and critical assessment of ideas. The distinction between ideas and ideology is more than morphological — it is stringently punitive. Associate Dean Ann Mester, for one, is clearly an advocate of this rigorous enforcement.

What is more, if the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign's principal focus — as an institution of higher learning — is enforcing "standards of inclusivity" to the exclusion of historical and objective truth and refuses to teach what is in fact the case, and not what it would prefer the case to be, then its academic credentials are worthless and the diplomas it grants (at least vis-à-vis the world of actual scholarship) are so many pieces of toilet tissue on a single ply roll at about $25,000 per sheet. We hope the analogy does not make you flush ...

This, at least, is the background for the actual state of affairs — rather than the state of affairs that we would prefer to be the case. We ourselves would that the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign turn out scholars rather than ideologues, that a genuine correspondence exist between "learning" and primary sources, and that facts superseded sensitivities. But what we wish were the case really doesn't matter, does it? After all, we are not employees of the university, and are exempt from fictions-by-policy.
 

Sacred Scripture and Church Doctrine as "Hate Speech"

The most urgent question at hand is this: does, in fact, the enunciation of an historical or even a hypothetical doctrine (ecclesiastical or otherwise) which conflicts with my sensitivities and personal beliefs eo ipso constitute "hate-speech" because it does not accord with my own sensitivities or beliefs?

Of course I am free to believe that the 19th Amendment 3 infringes on my sovereignty as a male. I may insist that it displeases me, and that its legislative articulation implicitly makes me a "male chauvinist" with all the negative connotations and social sanctions that attend it.  Shall I then insist that the 19th Amendment never be invoked in a scholarly inquiry into Constitutional Amendments? Do I have the right — by "standards of inclusivity" — to demand that the Amendment be amended to accommodate my sensitivities as a male? Or that failing, demand that the 19th Amendment be expunged from any study of Constitutional Law? Shall I deem the primary source "hate speech" because it implicitly disapproves of (and legally infringes upon) my presumed male chauvinism? Is the Constitution itself implicitly a body of "hate-speech"?

That the Catholic Church and Sacred Scripture teach that homosexual acts are intrinsically and gravely sinful in all circumstances and at all times is a teaching with an historical continuity of 2000 years is incontestable. If you dispute this, we suggest that you return to "primary sources" (e.g. Sacred Scripture, and authentic Catholic teaching) that have apparently been concealed from you "by policy". Of course you are free to believe that Holy Scripture and Catholic Doctrine do not teach this. You are also free to believe that the Moon is made of Green Cheese. Neither, however, are corroborated by primary sources. It may enrage you that astronomical research and empirical evidence reveal that the Moon is composed of basalt rock and other minerals rather than Green Cheese. It infringes upon your illusions and "damages" your childish imagination — so much so, that you go to the head of the Physics Department at the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign and proclaim your indignation and your insistence that such things, damaging to your sensitivity and that of others who choose to believe that the Moon is made of Green Cheese, be excluded from study, and that any faculty member who indulges in primary sources be dismissed for transgressing "standards of inclusivity".

In the real world (that is to say, the world outside the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign — and other green-clad pretensions to disinterested learning), you would be dismissed as cognitively-impaired and quite possibly insane. But at the Illinois at Urbana–Champaign, your "sensitivities" — not your academic aptitude — would prevail, and any study of the Moon would systematically exclude any suggestion that its composition is anything other than Green Cheese. Of course you can believe what you wish, — but wishing it does not make it so.

Any volunteers for the next Space Shuttle with a graduate in Physics from the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign behind the Cheese Wheel?

 

Geoffrey K. Mondello
for the Boston Catholic Journal

 

 

   Printable PDF Version

_____________________________

1 "Is the power of declaring war necessary? No man will answer this question in the negative. It would be superfluous, therefore, to enter into a proof of the affirmative." James Madison, Federalist Papers No. 41
2  http://www.foxnews.com/us/2010/07/09/university-illinois-instructor-fired-catholic-beliefs/
3 "The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex."(19th Amendment.)



 

 

 

 



Search the Boston Catholic Journal


FREE CATHOLIC
AUDIO
LIBRARY


Free Catholic Audio Library
Download Catholic Prayers
and more


The End

Archbishop Fulton Sheen - The Fourth Great Crisis in the Church - The End of Christendom

of Christendom

“The Fourth Great Crisis
of the Church”

 Why the  Church
— and the West
are withering

An audio presentation


The Little Office

The Little Office of the Blessed Virgin Mary

of the
Blessed Virgin Mary


Saint Michael the Archangel

Prayer to Saint Michael against satan


Novena to St Jude

 Novena to St Jude Printable 4-fold with one piece of paper
Printable Booklet
on 1 sheet
of paper, 4-fold, free


With Mary in the Rose Garden
Mary Immaculate, Mother of God
Reflections on the Rosary
with a Poor Clare Nun and Padre Pio


The Baltimore Catechism

Discover what the Church really teaches
Download the PDF

Thoughts in Passing about our Holy Catholic Faith

Thoughts in Passing
on our Life in Faith


The Practice of the Presence of God

by
 Brother Lawrence

Audio Files


Father Michael Schmitz

Father Mike Schmitz — Homilies

A Passion for Preaching


Pope Saint Pius X
Pray for us

Pope St. Pius X Pray for us

“I shall spare myself neither care nor labor nor vigils for the salvation of souls”

 

  Totally Faithful to the Sacred Deposit of Faith entrusted to the Holy See in Rome

 Scio opera tua ... quia modicum habes virtutem, et servasti verbum Meum, nec non negasti Nomen Meum 
I know your works ... that you have but little power, and yet you have kept My word, and have not denied My Name. (Apocalypse 3.8)


 

Copyright © 2004 - 2017 Boston Catholic Journal. All rights reserved. Unless otherwise stated, permission is granted by the Boston Catholic Journal for the copying and distribution of the articles and audio files under the following conditions:
No additions, deletions, or changes are to be made to the text or audio files in any way, and the copies may not be sold for a profit. In the reproduction, in any format of any image, graphic, text, or audio file, attribution must be given to the Boston Catholic Journal.