I followed with interest last week about the story of Dr. Ken Howell firing from the University of Illinois for a discussion on Natural Law and how it relates to homosexual acts. When Thomas Peters published an email address for the University, I like many others wrote them about this. Of course the punchline to this story was that he was teaching a course on “Catholicism 101.”
The university took this action after a student who was not in this class wrote in regards to student who had attended the class and called this teaching “Hate Speech.” Unfortunately this episode it not at all surprising and just more evidence about how Political Correctness will trump so-called tolerance. Just another attempt to closet Catholics and to try to force them to not say anything that disagrees with secular dogmas. Or maybe it is just a cowardly action taken by bureaucrats afraid to stand up against homosexual activism. Academic freedom so espoused by the academic system is use to defend almost anything I guess except having students think about how Natural Law Theory applies in relation to homosexual acts.
Then of course there can be no debate about this without the terms “homophobia” and “hate crime” launched repeatedly at you. That they use these terms without even attempting to determine your motives shows both phobia and hate – you are simply condemned or fired as in Dr. Howell’s case. Thomas Peters also posted the schools pledge to be “inclusive”:
[Inclusive Illinois] encourages the exploration of how perceptions, ideas, and experiences influence conduct and behavior. The University’s goal is to heighten awareness and engagement about issues of identity andimportance of examining and respecting differences based on race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation and gender identity, age, physical ability,religion, as well as the multiple and intersecting ways we see ourselves and others. [Unless you’re Catholic.]
American Papist further reports that the Alliance Defense Fund is now representing Dr. Howell and are seeking to have him rehired.
You can also help out by emailing the school.