Thursday, December 11, 2014

First call: Join the SPQR to fight LGBTQ forces in Ateneo de Manila University and other Catholic schools

Should LGBT movements be allowed in CATHOLIC schools? (Poster by Youth for Life)


 The LGBT forces are gaining ground in Catholic Universities run by La Salle brothers and Jesuits.  Here is their latest victory:
Aegis approves Salomon’s petition 
AEGIS HAS granted interdisciplinary studies senior Rica Salomon’s request to allow for transgender representation in the yearbook. Salomon updated her online petition, which garnered 508 signatures, with an announcement titled “Victory!”on November 14. “[I] was finally allowed to present myself the way that I identify myself as. Thank you to all of you who supported this cause. One step closer for LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) equality!” her statement read. According to Aegis Editorial Board (EB) Editor-in-Chief Kristine Estioko, the resolution to allow transgender representation will be “respected and observed this year and for all succeeding years of operations of Aegis.” The said resolution took effect on November 17, when the Aegis photo shoot season for seniors and superseniors began. “For as long as students wear clothes and outfits that rightfully represent who they are while, at the same time, strictly adhering to the Loyola Schools (LS) dress code, then they will be permitted to appear in the yearbook as such,” said Estioko. (Guidon)
Where are our shepherds? Where are our bishops and priests? We the laity can only do so much. We bloggers can only do so much. It is tiring to shout in the desert because nobody seems to hear you.

I have been writing about the LGBT and RH Bill in Ateneo de Manila University for 6 years now and I have received so much flak for doing so. Here's a blog article I wrote in 2011:
Ateneo Psychology Department has an undergraduate thesis poster exhibit on homosexuality
If Ateneo de Manila University does not defend its Catholic traditions against the seige of homosexual propaganda, Ateneo shall become a Catholic-In-Name-Only just like other Jesuit schools like Georgetown and Fordham who caved-in to homosexual ideology. The Dark Ages are at hand. (Monk's Hobbit)
That one paragraph made me the most hated man among psychology students then:
Physics prof draws flak over comments on ‘homosexual’ thesis 
Two ideologies Obias found out about the entry when she saw a link to the blog site posted on Facebook. Upon reading the entry, she informed her thesis partners and their adviser, Mendiola Teng-Calleja. Banaga said the entry quickly gained notoriety in the department. Obias explained that their thesis was about mixed orientation marriages, or marriages between homosexual men and heterosexual women. Banaga said they decided to work on this topic because most studies have been devoted to studying unions between homosexuals. “We wanted to open the eyes of the people that it’s a reality that’s out there. We wanted to address it. We wanted to give the views of both spouses [so] people will understand,” Banaga explained. Asked for comment, Sugon said care must be taken in the things that one chooses to work on or publish. “They have to [read] it very carefully, [because it is like] a precipice,” Sugon said regarding the students’ thesis. “[Once] you work on [or] study something that the Church calls sin, ultimately, you [can be convinced] on the ideas and propositions of the [other ideology].” “So without the guidance of the Church, it is perilous for an ordinary student to just [work on it] in a carefree manner.” He added that the things that one publishes become support for or against an ideology.  (Guidon)
But I am alone in Ateneo fighting this battle--or so I think. And I am fighting a legion--those 508 signatories in support of the transgender's wish to cross-dress in Aegis pictorial shoot is a lot. As I wrote in a previous post:
LGBTQ in Aegis yearbook: a test case for Ateneo de Manila as Catholic University 
The LGBT will use this issue as a test case.  If they win this one, they shall bring up another case.  And before you know it, you'll have an office in Ateneo de Manila University dedicated to LGBTQ affairs, which is repugnant to the nature of Ateneo as a Catholic University.  But then, Georgetown University, a fellow Jesuit University, already has an LGBTQ Resource Center.  Here is my prediction: Ateneo shall publicly apologize to the LGBTQ community for marginalizing its members in the Aegis yearbook and assuage their feelings by founding an LGBTQ Resource Center just like in Georgetown University.
If you also believe that LGBT ideology is incompatible with Ateneo's Catholic identity and also those of other Catholic schools, then let's organize ourselves like what the gladiators under Maximus did in the face of the barbarian horde in chariots.  I don't know what's a good name for the group. I am thinking of Legionnaire's symbol: SPQR--Senātus Populusque Rōmānus ("The Senate and People of Rome").  This is apt, since Roman Catholics are led by the Bishop of Rome, the Pope.

If you are interested in joining the Senate and the People of Rome (SPQR), send me a note in Facebook, or email (qsugon(at)ateneo.edu), or in my pigeon hole in the physics department.  Let me end with a quote:
"You can help me. Whatever comes out of these gates, we have a better chance of survival if we work together. Do you understand? We stay together, we survive." --Maximus (Gladiator).
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