By Tom Quiner
The answer is yes if you’re the University of Illinois.
They fired Kenneth Howell who teaches Introduction to Catholicism and Modern Catholic Thought. His sin? He expressed Catholic thought on the subject of homosexuality. Here is his fire-able quote:
Natural Moral Law says that Morality must be a response to REALITY. In other words, sexual acts are only appropriate for people who are complementary, not the same.
A student labeled the professor’s response as “hate speech” and the professor was, of course, fired. Here is what the offended student said:
Teaching a student about the tenets of a religion is one thing. That homosexual acts violate the natural laws of man is another. The courses at this institution should be geared to contribute to the public discourse and promote independent thought; not limit one’s worldview and ostracize people of a certain sexual orientation.
It appears, though, that the student is perfectly fine with ostracizing someone of a different religious orientation.
It appears that it is fine to discourage independent thought if it is Catholic thought.
It appears that firing a Catholic professor for expressing his views contributes to the public discourse.
This is an example of political correctness run amuck.
Professor Howell evidently never brow-beat students to believe his way:
My responsibility on teaching a class on Catholicism is to teach what the Catholic Church teaches. I have always made it very, very clear to my students they are never required to believe what I’m teaching and they’ll never be judged on that.
Imagine for a moment that the unemployed professor had instead said that he believed the Catholic Church’s position is wrong. Had he only done that, he would:
• Be revered by academia.
• Be employed.
In the gay marriage debate that rages, supporters ask how can anyone be hurt if people who love each other are allowed to marry, even if they are the same gender? After all, it’s a simple matter of equal rights. Right?
A few quick reactions:
• There never was any discrimination in our marriage laws. After all, the laws were consistent regardless of one’s sexual orientation. Someone with same-sex orientation was free to marry someone of the opposite gender, just as someone with opposite-sex orientation was prevented from marrying someone of the same gender. Marriage was simply a matter of definition, a definition molded over several millennia based on a premise of protecting children and mothers. Gay marriage advocates want to base marriage on the “relationship” instead of the children.
• There are going to be thousands and thousand of victims in the battle to normalize gay unions. Professor Howell is an obvious example. Interestingly, the mainstream media, with the exception of Fox News and the Huffington Post, have been conspicuously uninterested in this story of anti-Catholic bigotry. But it won’t be the last example of people losing their jobs at the altar of political correctness. Imagine Christian school teachers in states where gay marriage is the law of the land, who dare to state to students that in their eyes, marriage is only between a man and a woman. Their state says otherwise. Marriage is in the eyes of the state. Your job may depend on publicly denying your Christian faith that states marriage is between a man and a woman.
Those who lose their job as a result of the redefinition of marriage certainly won’t feel that there are no victims to this act of social re-engineering.
Even gay icon, Elton John, doesn’t feel there’s a need for gay marriage:
Marriage is going to put a lot of people off, the word marriage. I don’t want to be married. I’m very happy with a civil partnership. If gay people want to get married, or get together, they should have a civil partnership. Heterosexual people get married. We can have civil partnerships.
I am no different than you. I know people I very much care about who have same-sex leanings. Some of them agree with Elton John that gay marriage isn’t needed, and some very much do believe in gay marriage.
If you disagree on gay marriage, that certainly doesn’t make you a homophobe.
Nonetheless, be aware that you may be putting your job in jeopardy.
The YouTube video above is an interesting discussion on the subject of gay marriage between Larry King, Dennis Prager, and Perez Hilton.