JESUS DEFILED IN STUDENT NEWSPAPER
William Donohue, president of the Catholic League, wrote a letter yesterday to every member of the Oregon legislature, the governor, the state’s three Catholic bishops, the president of the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, and the chancellor of the Oregon University System. The subject was an attack on Christianity that was published in a student newspaper at the University of Oregon. Here are his remarks:
“The March edition of the Insurgent, a University of Oregon student newspaper, was one of the most obscene assaults on Christianity I have ever seen. To make sure that the persons I wrote to understand how vile this attack was, I sent a photocopy of the two most offensive graphics: one was a depiction of a naked Jesus on the Cross with an erection; the other, titled ‘Resurrection,’ showed a naked Jesus kissing another naked man, both sporting erections.
“The pictures are only one small part of the March edition. Indeed, the entire issue is replete with the most egregious examples of hate speech targeted at Christians. For example, there are several cartoons of Jesus—including Jesus crucified—that are so gratuitously offensive that only the most depraved would defend them. Moreover, the two opinion pieces against Catholicism are patently malicious. That all of this appeared in a student newspaper, during Lent, on the campus of a state institution, makes one wonder what is going on at the University of Oregon.
“This explosion of hate speech was a response to a decision reached by one of the Insurgent’s rivals, the Commentator, to publish the 12 Danish cartoons that recently so inflamed the Muslim world. An Insurgent editorial said that because the Commentator published depictions of Muhammad so as to ‘provoke dialogue,’ they had a right to thrash Christians as a way of provoking dialogue.
“The tepid response by the president of the university, Dave Frohnmayer, to this outrageous incident is what necessitated my letter to state leaders.”
Contact Frohnmayer at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Today, he posts an update entitled UNIV. OF OREGON’S DISHONEST PRESIDENT.
Here is the World Net Daily article on this: Jesus with Erection Ignites Outrage.
The Oregon Daily Emerald reports that University student Zachary White, a student minister at the St. Thomas More Newman Center, filed an official complaint with the student government on April 13 in which he said the incidental fee, which all students pay, should not be used to print material that insults Christianity and the Roman Catholic Church, particularly.
“I find it intolerable and contrary to the University’s mission of tolerance and non-discrimination to use public funds to allow for discrimination of a religious group on campus,” White wrote in the complaint.
After meeting with a University attorney and reviewing the rules guide for possible violations of incidental fee use, ASUO Programs Administrator David Goward said Sunday it’s a “pretty black and white” issue. He ruled Friday that The Insurgent need not apologize nor refrain from publishing similar content in the future, both outcomes that White requested.
“We realize that some people are offended by the content of the ASUO Student Insurgent, but we stand firm in the fact that this publication, and previous (ones) do contribute to the cultural and physical development of the university community,” a requirement for student groups receiving student fees.
Student government gave the Insurgent $18,349 in incidental fees for this year’s publication costs and director positions. Each student pays $191 a term in incidental fees.
This is outrageous! I find this extremely offensive, highly inflammatory, discriminatory, and intolerant of my Christian Catholic beliefs. What kind of University are they that they would allow such vile and obscene trash to be printed in their student newspaper? What are they teaching them there -- how to hate and harass and Christians?