According to this page, Concordia University-Portland, OR (my alma mater, for full disclosure, as well as part of the Concordia University System of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod), now has a Gay-Straight Alliance club. [Screen shots from the page; you never know when a website might go down or accidentally lose information:]
[Or, if that's not your thing, you could join this group:
Do they tell you that anyone can get AIDS? It could happen to you, even though you've only had sex with one person who has also only had sex with one person. I mean, blood transfusions must make up, what, 80 or 90 percent of HIV/AIDS cases?]
So what, right? They’re just trying to make sure that everyone has a safe place to talk about concerns. Well, if the national organization (or is this the national site? They have the same name) is any indication, anyone who might be opposed to homosexual “marriage” is a “rightwing fascist” [sic]. Is that one of the “variety of perspectives” that will be presented to the general population (of the school? the neighborhood? the city?). Is the goal really “dialogue,” or is it to alleviate those pesky “social and religious concerns”? I have no idea, but perhaps Dr. Kunert could alleviate my concerns that this is going to turn into an advocacy group on CU-Ps campus, and that it won’t be long before this Concordia looks like any other school with a tolerance week, where information on any number of perverse sexual practices is “provided…to the general population.”
This sort of group is never just for discussion and informational purposes; if you doubt it, check the national site here. There is no such thing as a “variety of perspectives.” There is only: gay is okay, and you should really explore your sexuality so that you can decide if you are gay, straight, bi, transgendered, or questioning. Or perhaps this is a good example (linked from the main site) of the sort of reasoned exchange we might expect at CU-P:
These are all fundamental elements of the natural world no matter how much people wish it otherwise or cling to books written by ignorant ancestors thousands of years ago. Humanity literally fought to keep the world flat despite reality, mass-murdered human beings because a book written by ignorant dead bigots told them (still do in some parts of the world), and even waged wars to keep people in slavery (still do in some parts of the world) despite all human beings sharing the same heart, imagination, and dreams.
Religion based on ancient people’s writings has been a driving force behind atrocities and oppression, and also a force for liberty and justice because when all is said and done such religious endeavors are only as good or evil as the people pursuing them. Some say their deity is no more than what is found in the writings of ancient people. Others say their god is greater than any book written long ago could ever capture or contain. Every thinking adult knows that ancient writings can be used to justify any and all actions. There are even passages in three major religions that the gay community could use to justify wiping out all life in regions that violate the human rights of gay human beings, but the gay community has shown great restraint in not resorting to such measures. The writings of long-since-dead people are an unacceptable excuse for the continued violation of human rights.
If I had doubts becauase of the theology department about sending my children to CU-P, this seals the deal.