Yet another conservative, Catholic group thinks Georgetown isn’t Catholic enough
Yes, it’s happening again. Georgetown is being criticized as “too liberal” by an incredibly conservative and Catholic group. This time, GU Pride’s OUTober event came under sharp criticism in a hilariously terrible video called “The ‘Smoke of Satan’ at Georgetown University on Coming Out Day.”
According to Tyler Pierce (COL ’15), one of the students Vox recognized in the video (no, they couldn’t even get the blurring and voice distortion right) the two filming were very young high school students who did not identify themselves, only saying they were working on a class project.
Anna Geduldig (COL ’16) was another student Vox recognized in the video. She said the students were incredibly persistent, and before and after being interviewed she said she did not want to be in the video.
“They started to … use philosophical jargon and complicate their questions,” she said. “They were creepy. Between their creepiness and their complete misuse of terminology, they really lacked credibility.”
What makes this criticism especially interesting is that the students and the conservative, Catholic group they were filming for think they know better than the pope himself. The Pope has said that while the church can express its opinions, it has no right to interfere in the spiritual life of gays and lesbians, in addition to not judging them. According to CNN, this does not “break with Catholic doctrine or policy,” rather it is a shift towards engagement.
These two high school boys think they are more ardent defenders of Catholic doctrine than the leader of the Catholic church. On the Tradition, Family, and Property Student Action’s site, a project by the American Society for the Defense of Tradition, Family and Property, the students posted the video and wrote about their experiences making it.
“With the steady promotion of the sinful homosexual lifestyle at Georgetown University, the smoke of Satan appears to be enveloping the once-respectable institution with the noxious fumes of the sexual revolution,” reads the description under the video. Is it just Vox or does this seem to actually contradict Catholic doctrine as Pope Francis describes it while Georgetown is, in fact, defending it?
That’s not the only illogical aspect of this spectacle. Pierce and Margaux Nielsen (COL ’15), who was also shown in the video with him, said that the students’ often used arguments that were nonsensical. They said that the students would ask them that if a man can marry a man, couldn’t a man marry a boy or a plant?
By discussing the basic logic of consent (and inanimate objects), Pierce and Nielsen believe they successfully countered the boys’ argument. They said that in the video, the boys cut off anything that made them sound like they had a good argument, and the voice changer served more to make them sound silly rather than obscure their identity. “They were egging us on,” Pierce said.
Such a video was also taken at Brown University, where the TFP Student Action site claimed that Brown University students responded with “violence” to one of their “peaceful protests.” Vox is not surprised the group considers holding rainbow flags, logical arguments, and ripping offensive pamphlets to be violence. Even YouTube removed the video from their site. (Thanks, Google!)
As GU Pride elections approach, wait for the Satanic smoke to rise from the towers of Healy to indicate that they’ve chosen their next leader.
Photo: Georgetown Voice