VALHALLA — At New York Medical College, there are clubs for Jewish students, lovers of ballroom dance and those who are passionate about neuroscience, orthopedics or pediatrics.
Until recently, gay students also had their own organization, one that the Catholic-affiliated college allowed to exist as long as there was nothing that hinted of homosexuality in the title, such as the words "pride" or "rainbow." But when the Student Support Club changed its name to Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender People in Medicine, it found it was not welcome on campus and was told to disband.
…"New York Medical College retains the right to conform all policies, practices and procedures in a manner that preserves its rights, character and identity as a health sciences university in the Catholic tradition," the statement said. "The college will neither sponsor nor support an organization whose objectives are incompatible with our institutional values."
The medical school, which was founded in 1860, began a relationship with the Archdiocese of New York in 1978. The archdiocese, according to the college’s Web site, helped restructure the college’s debt and added Catholic hospitals to those affiliated with the school.
"Truthfully, I didn’t realize how Catholic it was," said Sahara, who is 27, grew up in Alaska and attended college in Hawaii.
Sahara joined the Student Support Club last year, which then had five members, and said he worked successfully to have a sexual orientation clause put into the university’s anti-discrimination policy.
Emboldened, the group decided to change its name to Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender People in Medicine, which is similar to the names used by other such student groups nationwide. [Source]
"Truthfully, I didn’t realize how Catholic it was" is probably a pretty accurate indictment of most Catholic schools or affiliated institutions. This is also a good case study on homosexual activism. First they fight for a sexual orientation clause. Second they start a club and use a name without gay buzzwords. Emboldened they change the name of the club to actually be more consistent with their agenda. The school was playing the emperors new clothes game in regards to this club as long as the title was OK. They pretended the group fell within Catholic teaching as long as the name wasn’t too offensive. I doubt if they would have let a group of racists start a club with the name of Purity Support Club.
The bias in the article is also pretty funny. The writer starts off by putting an active homosexual club in a Catholic school on the same par as ballroom dancing or a club for Jewish students.