“Everyone is expected to respect his or her classmates and the instructor. During this course, we will be reading about and discussing topics that might make us uncomfortable. It is almost certain that the students and instructor will be offended at some point during the course by something that we read or discuss in class ... This does not mean that we should avoid discussing these topics...”
Good show, so far. But, usually, when a professor of Gay Literature hasn’t said something stupid it just means she isn’t finished talking. Consider the following:
“Intolerance of others’ viewpoints will not be tolerated in the classroom…”
If intolerance will not be tolerated then perhaps it is time to develop a new class at Texas A&M University. The course, taught in the general “university studies” program, could be called “Homosexuality and Other Bad Lifestyle Choices.” This would be preferable to spending a whole semester on homosexuality alone and would help fulfill the need for “diverse voices” – a need mentioned specifically in Dr. May’s syllabus.
“Homosexuality and Other Bad Lifestyle Choices” could feature several of the following lectures:
1. Why sodomy always has been the principal cause of AIDS transmission and why homosexuals try to deny it.
2. Why homosexuals have a shorter lifespan than heterosexuals and why it is hate speech to deny it.
3. How homosexuals burden the health care system and why the Democrats don’t talk about it.
Then, the course could move on to talk about other issues like heterosexual promiscuity, drug abuse, and the drinking culture on college campuses.
During “Homosexuality and Other Bad Lifestyle Choices” students would read about and discuss topics that might make them uncomfortable. It is almost certain that the students and instructor will be offended at some point during the course by something that they read or discuss in class. But this does not mean that we should avoid discussing these topics.
“Homosexuality and Other Bad Lifestyle Choices” can help Texas A&M regain its reputation as a serious public university. At the same time, it will likely offend some homosexual Aggies who have been regrettably dubbed as “Faggies” by their less sensitive fellow students.
Of course, it is permissible to talk about the downside of homosexuality and to call it a choice, not a genetic predisposition. Remember that intolerance of others’ viewpoints will not be tolerated in the classroom.