As a follow-up to THIS POST, it was reported that despite the group intending to hold an event where speakers defend traditional marriage, LGBT activists aren’t satisfied that The Stanford Anscombe Society has a history of not being “anti-gay”. Jeffrey Cohen, vice president of GradQ, a homosexual advocacy group for graduate students, claims (as many LGBT activists often do) that anything which could be remotely interpreted as “anti-gay” kills people.
(LifeNews.com) – A group of about 100 homosexual activists at Stanford University have successfully intimidated the Graduate Student Council (GSC) into withdrawing $600 in previously-approved funding for a pro-marriage conference to be held on campus in April.
The university administration also tried to charge the organizers $5,000 for security costs, but backed down amidst public pressure after the organizers accused them of “impos[ing] a tax on free speech.”
The GSC voted 10-2 to withdraw funding for the marriage conference. Still, the conference will go on as planned, using funding from private donors.
The SAS is clear on its website that it “respects the dignity of all persons, irrespective of sexual orientation, and denounces all attempts to use the debate surrounding this conference to promote demeaning and derogatory attitudes toward members of the Stanford LGBT community.” The group states explicitly that anyone who speaks in a disrespectful way about homosexuals during the event will be asked to leave.
At a recent GSC meeting, SAS co-president Judy Romea reminded student leaders that not only is the SAS not “anti-gay,” it stood “in solidarity” with homosexual groups against the controversial Westboro Baptist Church when it held a protest on campus.
But that wasn’t enough for campus gay activist groups, who turned out en masse for the same GSC meeting to demand that funding for the event be pulled.
“Their viewpoint kills people,” Jeffrey Cohen, vice president of GradQ, a homosexual advocacy group for graduate students, told the GSC. “There’s a lot of research published in top psychology journals that have looked at university environments, both positive and negative. An event such as this would be a negative event, [and] in schools that have negative events there is a statistically significant increase in suicide.” He said the last time a pro-marriage speaker visited the campus, someone told him “they wanted to kill themselves.”
Let me diagnose the problem. When people are told by their particular cause’s activists that they are victims; that they should expect to be victims; and that you need to be constantly looking over your shoulder, you will always read into every slight a personal attack. The real truth is that virtually zero homosexuals are victims of hate crime. According to a UCLA study by The Williams Institute released in April 2011, an estimated 3.5% of Americans identify as gay, lesbian, or bisexual which equates to approximately 9 million LGBT adults. The FBI reports there were 1376 victims of hate crime due to sexual identity in 2012. This translates to only 1.5:10,000ths of 1% (.00015%) of all LGBT people were victims of hate crimes.
It may be the case that homosexuals are more prone to self-inflicted violence and suicide. However, if a person feels driven to kill themself because others view some of their behaviors as immoral, then there are deeper issues than what appears on the surface. Being so fragile that not having everyone bless your sexual proclivities makes you suicidal, is a problem internal. If you persistently blame others for your issues, you’ll never solve them. This is the fundamental flaw in the PC way of doing things: it labels frank discussion as hateful, and thus nothing is accomplished.