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Published: Thursday, November 3, 2005

Updated: Wednesday, March 9, 2011 21:03

Sincerely,

Jennifer Cooney


Dear Editor,

Ryan Miner's article "A Gay/Straight Alliance A...'God help us all!'" obviously incensed members of the proposed GSA and those who support the establishment of the group. I, however, found myself overcome with frustration because I am a Catholic. Ryan Miner uses the Catholic faith to justify his bigotry, and creates an "us versus them" situation.

His approach to the proposed GSA demonstrates his ignorance, or denial, of the Catholic Church's teachings on human dignity. Though the Church does see homosexuality as "objectively disordered," the Catechism goes on to say that homosexuals "must be accepted with respect, compassion and sensitivity. Every sign of unjust discrimination in their regard should be avoided," (CCC 2358). Instead of affirming homosexuals as human beings worthy of respect, Miner takes the easier path. He chooses to degrade them.

In addition, Miner's crusade to "save Duquesne" shows an apparent lack of faith in the Spiritan administration here on campus. The committee that is currently evaluating the GSA constitution is led by a Catholic priest, Fr. Hickey. Still, Miner feels the need to initiate a campaign in the name of preserving Catholic doctrine. He has led people to believe that the disciplinary action imposed on him for violating the Student Code of Conduct was punishment for sharing his opinions and faith. Thus, with great pretense, he has set himself up to be a victim for his cause. His concerns may be legitimate, but his approach is embarrassing.

I hope all Duquesne students know that Catholicism is founded on the Gospel of life and love. . Just because Ryan Miner has been so vocal about his faith and opinions does not mean he is always faithfully representing the Church.

Tess Madden

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