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Universities should not condone hateful student organizations

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Universities should not condone hateful student organizations

University organizations must forego spreading hate on campuses.

University organizations must forego spreading hate on campuses.

Anh Nguyen | Design Associate

University organizations must forego spreading hate on campuses.

Anh Nguyen | Design Associate

Anh Nguyen | Design Associate

University organizations must forego spreading hate on campuses.

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Quinn Burke

Reactionary movements are defined as those seeking to “advocate the restoration of a previous state of social affairs.” And following the “It’s Okay to be White” signs that have cropped up across campuses all over the U.S., colleges are facing a new reactionary movement. One of those campuses is Georgetown University, which has recently ruled to allow Love Saxa, a student organization promoting heterosexual marriage, to remain on campus. The group will also continue to be funded by Georgetown. 

Love Saxa is a group founded on the idea of marriage as a “monogamous and permanent union between a man and a woman.” 

Two Georgetown students recently brought a suit against Love Saxa, calling for it to be defunded and removed as a sanctioned campus organization. The students, Jasmin Ouseph and Chad Gasman, argued the group was not only a hate group against LGBTQ+ students that violated their university’s code for organizations, but also that it made LGBTQ+ students literally pay for their oppression, as Love Saxa operated with Georgetown funding. The university’s Committee for Student Activity eventually ruled that the group was in keeping with values of the Catholic Church, and did not violate any existing rules for campus organizations.

This decision is a shame. It would be one thing to let the group remain on campus, but to keep funding a group that supports the denial of a basic right for approximately six percent of the school’s students is inexcusable. 

If Georgetown truly wanted to “support a climate that is welcoming to all students and supporting of our LGBTQ communities,” as a spokesman for the university said, it would not allow a group like this to continue to receive university funding.

Here is the issue: when universities try to espouse classical liberal values like free speech for everyone, they put everyone at risk of hatred and intolerance. Karl Popper, a Jewish-Austrian philosopher who left his home in 1937 summed up this struggle in his “paradox of tolerance,” stating: “Unlimited tolerance must lead to the disappearance of tolerance. If we extend unlimited tolerance even to those who are intolerant, and if we are not prepared to defend a tolerant society against the onslaught of the intolerant, then the tolerant will be destroyed, and tolerance with them. ”

Herein lies the issue of the Georgetown Committee for Student Activity’s ruling. If people wish to truly ensure the wellbeing of all, they must stop those who want to remove that wellbeing from certain groups or, at the very least, stop funding them. One cannot foster tolerance by giving the intolerant a platform and monetarily supporting them.

The significance of this issue is not lost on Tulane students. There are groups on campus that are centered on reactionary movements and foster hatred. One student organization, Turning Point USA, has an active chapter at Tulane, and its national chapter is known for creating a “Watchlist” of college professors who “advance a radical agenda in lecture halls,” according to the watchlist website.

These reactionary organizations exist on many college campuses, including Tulane’s. Students must make their voices heard and hold their universities accountable for the groups they fund. They must stand against hatred in all forms to ensure Tulane does not allow hate to spread.

This is an opinion article and does not reflect the views of The Tulane Hullabaloo. Quinn is a freshman at Newcomb-Tulane College. He can be reached at [email protected] 

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3 Responses to “Universities should not condone hateful student organizations”

  1. Tulane Alum on November 9th, 2017 12:52 pm

    So, you go around last week saying flag burning presents a contradiction to freedom of speech, then the next week say that organizations YOU deem hateful should be banned? Doesn’t that present a contradiction? How hypocritical of you. This is utterly absurd. You are essentially asserting that freedom of speech should be on the basis of YOUR personal opinions. I’m actually laughing reading this hypocrisy.

  2. GU alum on November 9th, 2017 2:14 pm

    Georgetown is a Catholic university, the oldest Catholic university in the United States. In this case, Gasman and Ouseph freely chose to attend a Catholic school and then claimed that Love Saxa, a group which supports Catholic teaching on relationships and marriage, has no place on campus and must be defunded. According to their reasoning, any group that agrees with Pope Francis about marriage is a “hate group,” and no Catholic organizations would be allowed at GU. Also, your piece omitted the fact that Gasman has used social media to mock Catholics, and has declared that “Communism will win.” While his right to free speech has been respected, the school was right to reject his bigoted demands.

    Here’s a tip for anyone looking at colleges: If you hate Jews, don’t apply to Yeshiva; if you hate Mormons, don’t apply to BYU; and if you hate Catholics, don’t apply to Georgetown or any other Catholic school.

  3. Dave Best on November 15th, 2017 8:03 pm

    Being “pro hetero marriage” is “hate” and “it’s ok to be white” is “hate”? Seriously?!

    This level of psychosis can ONLY be found on college campuses. Sigh… “Only at Tulane”

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