Conservative group profiles Georgetown, disappoints itself

Georgetown has “almost entirely shed itself of its Catholic character,” according to a report published by Campus Reform, a conservative social networking website.

Campus Reform, which assessed political attitudes at Georgetown as part of its guide to the nation’s top colleges, also bemoaned the prominence of liberal student groups, which outnumber conservative groups threefold.

So, what else makes Georgetown a den of liberalism?

The university has a sociology department “dominated by the Marxist categories of class, race, sex, and sexuality,” the Women’s and Gender Studies department focuses on “feminist social and political indoctrination,” and liberal student groups outnumber their conservative counterparts threefold.

The report also criticized the LGBTQ Resource Center, anti-war protesters at an on-campus speech given by General David Petraeus, the Class of 2014’s summer reading novel, and “misguided” environmental goals to reduce carbon emissions.

Further offenses even included a “leftist student publication” called the Georgetown Voice, which publishes sex columns that “undermine traditional values.”

However, Campus Reform did find some aspects of Georgetown to compliment. The report expressed approval of Professor Patrick Deneen’s Tocqueville Forum on the Roots of American Democracy, as well as Army ROTC program and Student Veteran Association.

Run by the Leadership Institute, which calls itself “the premier training ground for tomorrow’s conservative leaders,” Campus Reform is an arm of the Campus Leadership Program, which helps students create conservative groups to combat “against leftist bias and abuse on college campuses.”

23 Comments on “Conservative group profiles Georgetown, disappoints itself

  1. This is awesome. I take it as an indication that Georgetown is doing things right, regardless of what crazy alumni like to say about us.

  2. I’ve never been prouder to go to Georgetown. Those folks at the Tocqueville Forum that proclaim that “chastity is the foundational virtue of society” can suck it. (Seriously, they should try it sometime.)

  3. @Anonymous
    Just for the sake of accuracy here, that event was “monogamy is the foundational virtue of society.” Not the same as chastity…

  4. Yeah, I was at a party at the Knights of Columbus house (without really realizing it was the Knights of Columbus house) and saw a flyer for that event: it needed modification, given what I know about the conservatives: heterosexual monogamy within the bounds of marriage is the foundational virtue of society. Monogamy by itself can have many interpretations unsavory to the conservatives (though technically it refers only to marriage; but still those homosexual monogamous marriages are going to destroy the very fabric of society, so yes, clarification).

  5. This organization has no idea what “Catholic character” is. There is no mention of the Center for Social Justice, the Jesuit Community, the University’s stand on birth control, Campus Ministry, and classes in the Theology and Catholic Studies departments. Further, before they characterize things like advocating for workers’ rights and responsible and governed economic practices, equality among all persons, religious freedom, and environmental justice as somehow contrary to Catholic beliefs, perhaps they should read “Caritas in veritate,” the latest Encyclical letter from Benedict XVI, himself a bastion of liberality.

  6. Thank you, typical. A lot of people forget that Catholicism does not equal conservatism, and even then there are many different kinds of conservatism. Bravo to Georgetown for sticking with Jesuit and Catholic ideals while still living in the modern world.

  7. Does your cafeteria Catholicism come with salad bar, or do I have to pay extra?

  8. Ah, cafeteria Catholicism … phrase of choice for those who think total conformity is a integral component of faith.

  9. I had no idea Catholics were against environmental sustainability and crazy leftist, liberal groups like Eco-Action. Thanks, CampusReform.org, for clearing the air on that one. As a Protestant, I’m going to be quick to use your site as a reference to what those Catholics are up to these days.

    (Hoya Saxa.)

  10. @MeanGirls – No wonder he wants Georgetown students in jail!

  11. @me

    I’m sure if you go to the sixth floor of ICC (across from the history department, opposite side from MUG) someone in the Government department will be willing to lend you a copy of Chesterton’s Orthodoxy.

    I do go here MeanGirls and I could be sitting behind you in class right now!!!

  12. Not sure what you’re driving at, bro. This is lifted straight from the Wikipedia page.

    “In keeping with this detachment from dogmatic religion, the book has few quotations from (although many allusions to) Scripture. It also lacks authoritative statements by religious authorities.”

    It doesn’t really sound like that supports your point. Have you read anything other than the title?

  13. And really, if you want to talk about Cafeteria Catholicism, just look right at what typical is talking about. Isn’t totally ignoring the university’s commitment to social justice, stewardship for the earth (which, by the way, is one of the tenets of Catholic Social Teaching), and wide amount of resources available to Catholic students through Campus Ministry picking and choosing as well? As in, picking what’s “important” about Catholicism (conservatism!) while ignoring what they think is not.

    And lawl at this profile labeling everything they don’t like as communist. Neocon stereotype much?

  14. @annonymous — perhaps you should have attended the lecture to hear the argument and the evidence supporting it. Wait, that might actually challenge your closed-minded assumptions. We wouldn’t want that.

  15. no salad bar, but our cafeteria Catholicism allows us to wear clothing of different fibers, eat shrimp and bacon, criticize unjust wars (albeit respectfully), strive for social justice, and care for the environment. Which sounds much more appetizing and spiritually fulfilling than having only whatever the pope chooses to cook up for the day.
    Past few year’s pope’s menu: no contraception, no sex, no abortion. Don’t get me wrong, the pope used to serve great things instead of these black and white rules. He used to offer goals: peace, social justice, love thy neighbor and enemy, and inter-religious dialogue.

  16. Chastity is all about freedom. It allows people to relate to each other in a safe environment, to truly communicate what’s in their hearts to each other in their relationships with both men and women. Chastity doesn’t mean that people can’t express physical love for each other, it just means that this physical love authentically expresses the whole person and is appropriate to the level of intimacy in the relationship–that this physical love is totally free between both parties, and is developmental (meaning trust and intimacy has grown over time). But chastity is beyond simply the physical and reaches into the emotional, psychological, spiritual, and intellectual; it is a commitment to free sharing of selves. In practicing chastity, I find it wonderful that other people, especially women, can feel safe around me, that they know I care about them as people, not as objects of sexual desire. What’s bad about that?

    If we care about preventing the trauma associated with casual sexual relationships and sexual assault, chastity is the answer, not increased security. It must start with an individual and community commitment to a free environment for relationships with others.

  17. “Past few year’s pope’s menu: no contraception, no sex, no abortion. Don’t get me wrong, the pope used to serve great things instead of these black and white rules. He used to offer goals: peace, social justice, love thy neighbor and enemy, and inter-religious dialogue.”

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caritas_in_veritate

  18. Why does georgetown really need to be catholic. I am all for rational based conservatism that i think exist on campus to a greater extent than the blind christian ideological conservatism that plagues the country.

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