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Is Georgetown Catholic, or Not?

By Sarah Kramer posted on:
November 13, 2017

A student group at Georgetown University is in danger of losing its status as a registered student group on campus.

Why? Because the group, Love Saxa, seeks to promote a “proper understanding of sex, gender, marriage, and family.” And in an editorial, the group’s president explained their stance that sex is intended for marriage between one man and one woman.

Insanity ensued – including a complaint filed against them with the school by another student, Jasmin Ouseph. Which begs the question, will Georgetown, a Catholic school, shut down a student group for holding a Catholic view of marriage?

Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) is advising Love Saxa as they await a hearing with the Student Activities Commission on October 30.

ADF Legal Counsel James Gottry discussed the controversy in a recent op-ed at The Federalist:

[Love Saxa’s] Catholic beliefs [about marriage and sexuality], according to the editorial board and Ouseph, are tantamount to intolerance, violence, and hate. These Catholic beliefs, they say, also do not belong at a Catholic university. In asking the university to de-recognize Love Saxa, Ouseph and the editorial board point to Georgetown’s “Student Organization Standards,” which, among other things, bar student organizations from official recognition if they “foster hatred or intolerance of others because of their race, nationality, gender, religion or sexual preference.”

Ouseph argues Love Saxa’s stance on marriage constitutes “unquestionable intolerance” and “clearly excludes same-sex couples,” which in turn “fosters hatred.” The complaint, which incorporates testimony from other students, goes on to label the group’s views as “archaic,” “cissexist,” “homophobic,” “transphobic,” “queerphobic,” “oppressive,” “dehumanizing,” “hateful,” and “dangerous.” In response to Love Saxa’s stance that the group’s positions are consistent with the Catholic Church, the complaint labels such a reliance on Catholic teaching as a “disgrace.”

So, will Georgetown denounce its Catholic roots? 


Read More at The Federalist

Sarah Kramer

Sarah Kramer

Digital Content Specialist

Sarah worked as an investigative reporter before joining the Alliance Defending Freedom team.


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