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Illinois Family Institute warns of ‘eternal’ consequences for Notre Dame LGBT group

MIRANDA BLUE | Right Wing Watch
Monday, January 13, 2014

The Illinois Family Institute, the state affiliate of the American Family Association that led the unsuccessful fight against marriage equality last year, is back to fighting smaller battles, this time attacking the University of Notre Dame for officially recognizing an LGBT group.

University of Notre Dame

University of Notre Dame

In an open letter to Notre Dame president Rev. John Jenkins posted on IFI’s website, the group’s “cultural analyst” Laurie Higgins expresses her “disappointment” that Notre Dame has for the first time recognized a student LGBT group, or as she calls it, “those who affirm homosexual acts and acts related to gender confusion as normative and morally defensible.”

Higgins tells Jenkins that in recognizing its LGBT students, Notre Dame might as well affirm “other sin predispositions” like incest or pedophilia.

She then turns to the eternal consequences of LGBT organizing, warning that openly LGBT students will bring “nothing but temporal and eternal harm” to themselves and their colleagues.

I also want to express my disappointment that Notre Dame has chosen to recognize a “student organization” initiated and shaped by those who affirm homosexual acts and acts related to gender confusion as normative and morally defensible. In permitting an organization that affirms subjective moral propositions that defy Catholic (as well as orthodox Protestant) doctrine, Notre Dame’s distinct Catholic identity has been weakened.

Would Notre Dame recognize other “student organizations” initiated by those who affirm other sin predispositions (e.g. polyamory, consensual adult incest, or the “sexual orientation” recently designated “minor-attracted persons”)?

If the Notre Dame-recognized “LGBT” organization had been initiated by those who were committed to helping “LGBT” students live lives that embody Catholic beliefs on sexuality and gender, such an organization would be a service to Notre Dame students. Unfortunately, the central goals of students who affirm a homosexual or “transgender” identity are contrary to Catholic doctrine and as such can bring nothing but temporal and eternal harm—intellectual, emotional, physical, and/or spiritual harm—to “LGBT”-identifying students and the larger Notre Dame community.

Higgins did, however, praise Jenkins for Notre Dame’s challenge to the Affordable Care Act’s contraception coverage mandate.

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26 more reader comments:

  1. you know, we are all talking about “christians” who do not following the teachings of Christ… why do we not start calling them what they literally are: AntiChrists.

    Posted on Monday, January 13, 2014 at 11:00pm
  2. Apply face directly to palm.

    Posted on Monday, January 13, 2014 at 11:01pm
  3. Why don’t they excommunicate each other, or declare a holy war? It still would make no difference as to what is actually ethical human behaviour.

    Posted on Monday, January 13, 2014 at 11:01pm
  4. Oh please the LGBTQ people are not harming anyone.They are just trying to live their lives and be happy so leave them alone because like I said before they are not doing anything wrong

    Posted on Monday, January 13, 2014 at 11:07pm
  5. These Idiots IF better watch their asses. Someone is going to punch their lights out.

    Posted on Monday, January 13, 2014 at 11:13pm
  6. American Family Association my fat, white, ass! They are only for family when it is convenient for them PERIOD!!! Where are they with families being torn apart due to infidelity and violence?! They make me physically and mentally sick! Just like NOM!

    Posted on Monday, January 13, 2014 at 11:30pm
  7. Family Institute needs to get a life.

    Posted on Monday, January 13, 2014 at 11:31pm
  8. Cultists.

    Posted on Monday, January 13, 2014 at 11:33pm
  9. yep, eternal love and happiness

    Posted on Monday, January 13, 2014 at 11:33pm
  10. That is NOT what determines eternity. They should be warned.

    Posted on Monday, January 13, 2014 at 11:42pm
  11. Who the fuck cares what say de religios people???

    Posted on Monday, January 13, 2014 at 11:47pm
  12. shut. up.

    Posted on Monday, January 13, 2014 at 11:49pm
  13. I wonder if there is a support group in Heaven for those people who are presented with the fact that their concept of eternity is not in fact what eternity is. ;-)

    Posted on Monday, January 13, 2014 at 11:51pm
  14. Points and laughs at the ‘family institute’. LOL

    Posted on Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 12:01am
  15. “If the Notre Dame-recognized “LGBT” organization had been initiated by those who were committed to helping “LGBT” students live lives that embody Catholic beliefs on sexuality and gender, such an organization would be a service to Notre Dame students.”

    So basically they would be fine with a group that shames and scares LGBTQ student into pretending to be straight would be fine, but a group that could help them feel better about themselves and accepted is wrong..,.yeah.

    Posted on Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 12:09am
  16. Jesus loves us bi and gay and trans etc ppl all of us

    Posted on Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 12:09am
  17. Galatians 5:19-21 ESV / 42 helpful votes

    Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.

    Wonder how many of those idiots have ever done any of these immoral things !
    Btw sexual immorality refers to sex before marriage. .In the bible

    Posted on Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 12:10am
  18. Why isn’t this considered religious persecution? A group of religious pharisees publicly attack other people’s beliefs that are different from their own, and no one calls them out for that persecution?

    Posted on Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 12:11am
  19. I’m getting so tired of straight people

    Posted on Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 12:59am
  20. Shut this bitch up please!!!!

    Posted on Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 1:17am
  21. Praying for those who are homophobic…Zero discrimination on this loving caring website…

    Posted on Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 1:21am
  22. I Hate Homophobia–Do you?

    Posted on Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 1:21am
  23. They keep saying by allowing same sex marriage we are attacking their religious freedom can’t they see it’s them who are attacking our religious freedom by making us follow their beliefs.

    Posted on Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 1:47am
  24. Time for the Fourth Great Awakening to come to its end!!!!

    Posted on Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 1:51am
  25. Bigotry and hate coming from an official sounding “Illinois Family Institute” what a farcical organization along with its idiotic parent “American Family Association”. These groups are outrageous, arrogant, woefully misinformed, fact and science adverse, discriminating outliers. Take seriously at your own peril!

    Posted on Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 1:52am
  26. oh please!

    Posted on Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 2:00am