Baylor University Set to Rename “Homosexual” Acts as Deviant Acts, Waits for Applause
Baylor University’s student senate has passed a bill to amend the schools current policy that bans un-Christian sexual behavior with a goal to promote an environment that is more accepting of it’s LGBTQ students. The bill intends to remove the phrase “homosexual acts” from it’s list of banned sex acts. Sounds like a perfectly moderate, easily defended baby step forward, right? Hold your applause; it’s more interesting than that.
The words “homosexual acts” will be replaced by “non-marital consensual deviate (an archaic form of deviant) sexual intercourse” according to the Atlantic Wire. I, for one, am simply floored by the great measures the student senate is taking to make sure LGBTQ people know their abhorrent behavior is only but a part of the many ways in which they are judged fiercely.
By effectively stating that there are other deserving ways to be shamed many in the University community honesty believe that this will make the environment more accepting of LGBTQ people. As Baylor is a private Baptist institution in Texas with a history of making it harder to be LGBTQ, sexual minority voices on the amendment on campus are hard to come by. And given Baylor’s penchant for making things more confusing, at least evidenced by the part of the student code in question, the University has not spoken on the issue.
But alas, in the mind of Trenton Garza, the student senator who drafted the bill, not only are these issues being acknowledged, these issues are being addressed! He told Inside Higher Ed, who broke the story, that he and other senators believed that specifically banning “homosexual acts” in the student code made for “an uncomfortable environment for the homosexual students here.”
The intent to help make a more accepting environment is not a bad one, and even having that intent but screwing it up can be ok too. But having what is transparently zero intent in any positive direction, and then advertising it as positive change is disturbing. Many LGBTQ Christians and many ex-Christians are all too familiar with the smile that comes along with informing someone they are bad in the eyes of god.
God is allowed to be as vitriolic as can be, and repeating his words to “inform’ or “warn” people is still considered a nice thing to do. Thew Elliot, a middle school teacher of mine who is gay and from a very Christian background, described it as “hatred with a hug.”
You see, in any rational discourse, anyone could be made to see that reminding someone they are not alone in their terrifying loneliness apart from God is no way of helping that person feel better. Plain as day. At the very least, it would behoove the Baylor student body to do something that advanced more students than it marginalized before they dare toot their own horn.
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