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Chris Doyen | Thursday, October 8, 2009

I’ll start by saying that I have nothing against Sean Mullen (Don’t ask, don’t tell,” Oct. 7). If that’s the way God made you, then that’s the way you are. Let me ask you, Mr. Mullen: Have you ever masturbated? Have you or any of your friends engaged in any sort of premarital sexual activity? If so, then the University, by your standards, has just as much of a right to discriminate against you as it does against a sexually active homosexual. It has more of a right to discriminate against you than it does against an abstinent but open homosexual. If we delve into the personal and sexual lives of every member of the University’s staff, faculty and student body and proclaim that it’s acceptable to discriminate against sinners, then who is left?

But getting to the more important point, Mr. Mullen, do you have any sort of idea what it’s like to live in the closet that God and society have so lovingly fashioned for homosexuals? Do you have any idea of the amount of unnecessary pain and suffering undertaken by vast numbers of homosexuals because of you and others like you who think they should “keep to themselves?” You don’t, and it shows.

One of the many missions of this University is to foster growth and development not only within the realm of the Catholic Church, but within society as a whole. Notre Dame is not a seminary, and the United States is not a theocracy. You’d do well to come to terms with those facts. Your attitude is repulsive and flies in the face of common human decency. Your disgusting and narrow worldview has no place in a discussion about a non-discrimination clause. Another thing, Mr. Mullen, do not give a transparent disclaimer about how you “have nothing against” homosexuals before launching into a nonsensical diatribe about how homosexuals here should remain in one of the most psychologically damaging places that exists in our society. It insults everyone’s intelligence and is the oldest trick in the playbook of the bigot.

Chris Doyen

senior

off campus

Oct. 7
 

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Appalled

Letter to the Editor | Thursday, October 8, 2009

I’ll start by saying that I have nothing against Sean Mullen (Don’t ask, don’t tell,” Oct. 7). If that’s the way God made you, then that’s the way you are. Let me ask you, Mr. Mullen: Have you ever masturbated? Have you or any of your friends engaged in any sort of premarital sexual activity? If so, then the University, by your standards, has just as much of a right to discriminate against you as it does against a sexually active homosexual. It has more of a right to discriminate against you than it does against an abstinent but open homosexual. If we delve into the personal and sexual lives of every member of the University’s staff, faculty and student body and proclaim that it’s acceptable to discriminate against sinners, then who is left?

But getting to the more important point, Mr. Mullen, do you have any sort of idea what it’s like to live in the closet that God and society have so lovingly fashioned for homosexuals? Do you have any idea of the amount of unnecessary pain and suffering undertaken by vast numbers of homosexuals because of you and others like you who think they should “keep to themselves?” You don’t, and it shows.

One of the many missions of this University is to foster growth and development not only within the realm of the Catholic Church, but within society as a whole. Notre Dame is not a seminary, and the United States is not a theocracy. You’d do well to come to terms with those facts. Your attitude is repulsive and flies in the face of common human decency. Your disgusting and narrow worldview has no place in a discussion about a non-discrimination clause. Another thing, Mr. Mullen, do not give a transparent disclaimer about how you “have nothing against” homosexuals before launching into a nonsensical diatribe about how homosexuals here should remain in one of the most psychologically damaging places that exists in our society. It insults everyone’s intelligence and is the oldest trick in the playbook of the bigot.

Chris Doyen

senior

off campus

Oct. 7