Open House is a safe space for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Transsexual, Queer, Questioning, Flexual, Asexual, Genderf*ck, Polyamourous, Bondage/Disciple, Dominance/Submission, Sadism/Masochism (LGBTTQQFAGPBDSM) communities and for people of sexually or gender dissident communities. The goals of Open House include generating interest in a celebration of queer life from the social to the political to the academic. Open House works to create a Wesleyan community that appreciates the variety and vivacity of gender, sex and sexuality.
Are there any actual honest-to-God Wesleyans who would send their kids to Wesleyan? A four-year ride would cost you $188,000 in tuition, though the school says it can be “surprisingly affordable,” thanks to grants ‘n stuff. Anyway, Carl Trueman is all over this:
Indeed, the plethora of sexual identities now available witness to the fact that there is no longer any basis for rejecting any kind of sexual act, considered in itself, as intrinsically wrong. The multiplication of such categories is part of rendering sex amoral: When everything is legitimate, then nothing has particular moral significance.
This endless expansion of sexual categories is a necessary consequence of what is now the fundamental tenet of modern sexual politics, and perhaps a key element of modern politics in general: That a person’s attitude to sex is the primary criterion for assessing their moral standing in the public square. If you say that sex has intrinsic moral significance, then you set it within a larger moral framework and set limits to the legitimate use of sex. In doing so, you declare certain sexual acts illegitimate, something which is now considered hate speech. This constant coining of new categories of sexual identity serves both to demonstrate this and to facilitate its policing.
Trueman says we should congratulate Wesleyan for showing where the revolution cannot help but go.
In related news, students at Kings College, London, have succeeded in having the stained glass window honoring alumnus Lord Carey, the former Archbishop of Canterbury, removed from the college. Why? Because he’s a dirty rotten homophobe. Even though Lord Carey was fairly liberal in his tenure at Canterbury (e.g., it was under his leadership that women were first ordained in the C of E), the fact that he opposes same-sex marriage is enough to make him anathema. He must be excised from public life at his college.
And oh, score one for Salvatore Cordileone, the Roman Catholic archbishop of San Francisco, who sent this letter in response to state lawmakers who criticized him for saying that Catholic school employees should not publicly undermine Catholic values. Excerpt:
The next thing I would like to mention is actually a question: would you hire a campaign manager who advocates policies contrary to those that you stand for, and who shows disrespect toward you and the Democratic Party in general? On the other hand, if you knew a brilliant campaign manager who, although a Republican, was willing to work for you and not speak or act in public contrary to you or your party – would you hire such a person? If your answer to the first question is “no,” and to the second question is “yes,” then we are actually in agreement on the principal point in debate here.
Now let’s say that this campaign manager you hired, despite promises to the contrary, starts speaking critically of your party and favorably of your running opponent, and so you decide to fire the person. Would you have done this because you hate all Republicans outright, or because this individual, who happens to be a Republican, violated the trust given to you and acted contrary to your mission? If the latter, then we are again in agreement on this principle.
Yes, it’s appalling that a Catholic archbishop actually expects Catholic schools to teach Catholicism. Why, I bet he’s even against raising an LGBTTQQFAGPBDSM tent at homecoming.