Franciscan University of Steubenville (FUS) has come under criticism by members of an unofficial alumni group for a course description in the school’s social-work program and the Rainbow Sash Movement a national group LGBT Catholics.
Members of the Franciscan Gay Alumni and Allies Facebook group — a 106-member group that has no official connection to the university —were offended by the course description for a social-work class. They not only asked the university to change the description, but alerted the country’s only social work accrediting agency of their concerns.
The course description being questioned is for “Social Work 314,” a class on deviant behavior.
“Deviant behavior focuses on the sociological theories of deviant behavior, such as strain theory, differential association theory, labeling theory and phenomenological theory,” states the course description.“The behaviors that are primarily examined are murder, rape, robbery, prostitution, homosexuality, mental illness and drug use. The course focuses on structural conditions in society that potentially play a role in influencing deviant behavior.”
Members of the Facebook group said that they were offended by the description and that they tried to contact university officials just before school began.
What we are seeing at the Franciscan University of Steubenville is the promotion of personal bias in the name of religious teaching. At no point in the Teaching of the Catholic Church do we understand that teaching as promoting homosexuals as murders as is done at FUS under the guise of science. This is akin to what happened earlier this year when Cardinal Francis George of Chicago compared the Gay Liberation Movement to the KKK only to later apologize.
The Rainbow Sash Movement challenges FUC to show how the Church Teaches that homosexuality is compared to murders. The inclusive and universal love to which Christians are called excludes all forms of hatred and hostility directed at anyone. Is the human dignity of the LGBT person incapable with Catholic Teaching as the FUC seems imply. We are calling on all appropriate authority in this matter to clearly acknowledge that the Church’s teaching on the Homosexual person has nothing to do with defining that person as a murderer simply because their sexual orientation is different.
Rainbow Sash Movement
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