The National Organization for Marriage's Ruth Institute is peddling a new conspiracy about how gays are advancing their "agenda" — by serving as resident advisers (RAs) in college dormitories and making students do things like dress in drag.
In her special Thanksgiving message posted on YouTube, the Ruth Institute's spokesperson, Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse, urged parents to question their kids about what kind of RAs they have because even at Christian colleges, there may be gay RAs in the dorms who are pressuring students and "no mass media strategy" will "solve this problem."
In "A Thanksgiving message from Dr. J" (video embedded below), Morse said:
I want to share with you an experience that I had last week. I was visiting with a large state university and I had a speaking engagement with a Catholic student group there. One of the young ladies in the group told me there that she's a resident adviser in her dorm and the chief resident adviser in her particular dorm happened to be a homosexual man. Last year, he decided that it was a good idea to have as a social event in their dorm a drag party. A drag party presumably would be where everybody dresses up in clothing of the opposite sex.
Well, this young lady that I met -- good Catholic girl -- was not eager to participate and she said, "You know, I really don't think I can be part of this. This is just not something I want to contribute to." And he pressed her pretty hard about why and tried to, you know, he was really leaning on her and trying to make her uncomfortable. She felt very strongly that he was trying to get her to either go along with the program or make her feel bad, make her look bad.
Finally what they came up with was that she would need to do her own program, provide her own event, a counter event -- not a counter event necessarily, but some additional event, that she would have sole responsibility for putting on for her dormitory of 800 students. So he was pressuring her to participate and he was being punitive with her.
Now the reason I tell you this story is that I think a lot of our students are encountering this type of situation in their dorms and on their college campuses.
In the aftermath of the election, a lot of social conservatives are really concerned about what's going on in the culture and we're saying to ourselves, "Gosh, we need to do something about the media. Gosh, we needed more TV ads for our program, for our political campaign. Gosh, we needed more TV ads in order to get our political message out."
What I want to say to you is that the other side has RAs in the dorm where your young people are going to school. There's no TV message that is going to do the job of countering that type of influence. Somebody's got to be there talking to young people, one at a time, in the places where they're hanging out and doing the things that they're doing. There is no mass media strategy by itself that will solve this problem.
And this holiday season, when your young people come home from college, ask them about this. Ask them if they have a gay RA in their dorms, because as I've talked to other people about this, a lot of them have said, "Gosh, now that you mention it, my daughter was in a dorm, even at a Christian college, where she had a gay RA."