|What exactly is offensive about this?
First they came for Professor Anthony Esolen... See The Wolves are Howling.
And now the barbarians at Providence College are threatening a Resident Assistant, senior Michael Smalanskas, with anal rape for daring to put up a bulletin board defending the Catholic doctrine that marriage is between one man and one woman!
And what's the school's response? No safe space for Smalanskas who dared to defend Church teaching when the school won't. Instead, according to LifeSite News, "Vice President of Student Affairs Kristine Goodwin sent student leaders an email encouraging them to attend the pro-LGBT march being organized in response to the Catholic bulletin board." The Women's Studies Department also put up a slick Facebook post complete with the rainbow flag calling all students to "March against homophobia and transphobia." Goodwin's letter was sent out the same day a cartoon appeared on the dorm's community bathroom mirror depicting the sodomite rape of Smalanskas. And still nary a word from the university whose administration, on top of their silence about the harassment, refuse to speak to Smalanskas' parents.
At a meeting with school administrators, Dr. James Keating, Smalanskas' faculty adviser made these point:
“The example that I gave to Kristine Goodwin is, let’s say a young Mexican-American student had put up a poster that said, ‘God loves the dreamers,’ that poster had been torn down, and [the student who created it] felt unsafe in her own dormitory because kids who tore it down were milling outside her door,” said Dr. Keating. “Then, a poster is put up of her being raped. How would the college react?”
“For the life of me, I can’t figure out why Michael doesn’t even get a little bit” of sympathy from the administration. Keating said Providence College’s foremost responsibility is to protect its students’ right to express their opinions, especially when those opinions are in line with the Roman Catholic Church.
The college has “failed” to do this, Keating told LifeSiteNews.
“This kid has had to move to another dorm for safety and the president of the college won’t speak to his parents,” said the anonymous faculty member quoted earlier in this story. If the student was “gay or black,” the college’s response would have been totally different.So let's get this straight. At a Catholic college, defending Catholic doctrine is "homophobic." By logical extension that means Catholics who accept Catholic doctrine on marriage and defend it are, by definition, " homophobic" and "transphobic." In other words, we are filled with fear and hate for homosexuals because we dare to stand for the truth!
The silence of the university and even actions of certain administrators affirming the harassment of Michael Smalanskas by organizing a demonstration implies consent. Since Goodwin won't respond to inquiries about whether she knew of the cartoon depicting Smalanskas' rape it's unclear whether she consents to that as well. Many commenters on stories about the event champion the barbarians' persecution. (Telling the truth about Church teaching is a firing offense!)
Not only is Michael Smalanskas being persecuted for defending Catholic truth, his fiance, another Providence student, is also under fire because of her relationship with him. After the pro-sexual assault cartoon emerged on March 14th, Providence College has maintained their silence and not addressed the way other students are treating Smalanskas and his fiance. It is apparently okay with them. Even the Catholic chaplain urged Smalanskas to just be quiet and graduate. (Shut up and get out!)
When a lesbian put up a poster affirming same-sex marriage nobody told her to shut up. Nary a ripple to trouble the campus. No march was suggested to protest. No orthodox Catholics threatened her with rape. So clearly, free speech for sexual perversion is protected at Providence, but no such free speech rights accrue to faithful Catholics.
Can you smell the stench of the demon in this affair? What real Catholic parent would contribute one red cent to this evil institution or put their children in harm's way?
|No evidence of persecution over this
bulletin board celebrating perversion!
Michael Smalanskas is a hero and so are the handful of courageous faculty who came out defending him in a signed letter calling on the university to proclaim Catholic truth:
We call upon Providence College to state clearly and publicly that both the content of the bulletin board that Michael Smalanskas posted and his posting of it are consistent with the Catholic mission of the college. We further call upon the college to state clearly and publicly that faithful, thoughtful expressions of Catholic teaching on marriage and sexuality are welcome on campus and are integral to a mission-animated approach to diversity and inclusion. The words of Pope John Paul II are fitting: “If need be, a Catholic University must have the courage to speak uncomfortable truths which do not please public opinion, but which are necessary to safeguard the authentic good of society” (Ex corde ecclesiae). [Let's watch for retaliation against these faculty members. Will they get the Anthony Esolen treatment?]I'll let Michael have the last word as reported in the LifeSiteNews article:
Smalanskas said the hardest part of this ordeal is that his, fiancée, also a Providence student, has “been punished for it” and mistreated for her affiliation with him.
“We’ve lost friends. Our co-workers treat us terribly,” he said.
Smalanskas said ultimately, his persecution, despite being “uncomfortable and unpleasant,” has strengthened his faith and is just a witness for the truth about marriage.
“My final act at Providence College will be our wedding” in the campus chapel this summer, he said. “That will be our final witness to marriage for the school after all this is said and done.”