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Gay RA's are infiltrating your kids' dorms, warns religious right activist

Gay RA's are infiltrating your kids' dorms, warns religious right activist

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.

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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."


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  • rondonaghe

    Gay RA's and tigers and bears, oh my!

  • http://www.houseofbetazed.com Mriana

    They aren't scared of gay people much, are they? This is totally ridiculous to say there is a gay agenda.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Stanley-James/503792594 Stanley James

      there is a gay agenda – to be treated equally in our society and accepted as another part of Gods wondrous creation.

  • Spuddie

    OMG, those students are going to catch THE GAY!

    According to Christianity, God can force you to become gay as a penalty for idolatry.

    Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like a mortal human being and birds and animals and reptiles.

    Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another. 25 They exchanged the truth about God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator—who is forever praised. Amen.

    Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural sexual relations for unnatural ones. In he same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed shameful acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their error
    error.
    -Romans 1:18-32
    http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Romans+1%3A18-32&version=NIV

    I don't believe any of it, but I can see where some Fundy might find an excuse to engage in such notions.

  • Peter

    The problem is a substantial number of people buy in to this craziness. I guess the southern "bible belt" states are the worst offenders, although you hate to revert to stereotypes. It must be tough for someone with a progressive mindset living among these clowns. Vjack at Atheist Revolution is from Mississippi talks about it often.

    • Deborah_B

      It is pretty crazy, but I can think of some midwest people I know who are of the same mindset. BTW, I love vjack's posts.

      • Peter

        Yes, Deborah, when you see all the acrimony and outright hostility going on in the so-called “atheist community” vjack emerges as a voice of reason and sanity. I wish the rest of these bloggers would the same, but they probably won’t. With a couple of exceptions, I never bother going to their sites any more. I do wish they would lighten up and have some fun.

  • Rudolf van Daelen

    What will they think of next, eating bananas makes you gay, or what. Absolutely ludricous. Being gay is not some kind of disease so can't be contracted from speaking or living with someone nor can it be cured. Gay people are people who have a right to their way of live. Accept them as they are.

    • Deborah_B

      I'm thinking it's another homophobic scare tactic to raise some more funds for the organization for their "one on one" discussions.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Stanley-James/503792594 Stanley James

    the ruth institute is actually run by maggie gallagher, who was head of NOM until it was revealed that she supported traditional marriage by having not one but two illegitimate kids IN 2010 her financial take from the group was 30% off the top of their donations and it was reported that the cath church alone gave them almost 2 million $$

    Anti gay is also a great business – as was slavery, economically at least.

    One has to admire these people in how creative they are in finding a new way to demonize gays, now that its 4 for 4 in the last election.

    And what these bad people dont realize is that for most youngsters they'd be glad to have a gay RA. The younger generation is very accepting of gay people in general.

    BTW to this person (the ruth institute is prob 2- 3 people with phones btw and a computer

  • Frank7373444

    Fear. Irrational fear and irrational people to spread it. We gays do not want your children. We only want freedom to live our lives and equal rights for ourselves and our gay brothers and sisters. Relax. Would ya?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/James-Peron/1311942969 James Peron

    What a horrible person Jenny Roeback has become. She should be ashamed of herself.

  • Dan

    Who knows what the actual conversation between the RA and the chief RA was actually like? Did he truly pressure her to participate or was it a requirement to participate in the development of programs (so he held her accountable to the actual expectations of her job)?

    Regardless, there is a fear that exists that gayness is like a communicable disease. Anything that challenges "traditional" or conservative ideals is considered a threat to our society. There are plenty of individuals who identify LGBTQ who have strong religious ties and have found ways to reconcile the negative interpretations of the texts. What seems to be missing from her message to parents was the actual "threat" to students. Is the threat becoming more open and accepting of differences in peoples' identities?

    I would love to hear her explanation and what she hopes the parents' conversations with their kids would actually include.

    • Spuddie

      Since when have the anti-gay types ever actually presented something honestly?
      What makes them different from any other group of semi-sentient organized bigots?

  • http://twitter.com/GayNewsPulse Gay NewsPulse

    Dr. Roback Morse's concern on this ISOLATED incident may hold some validity, assuming that the accusations of bullying by a Gay RA is true. Today, the LGBT Civil Rights movement in the US is gaining tremendous ground and in a positive light! That being said, we must all remember that individuals in the LGBT community can be bullies too! LGBT persons can also abuse their power just like anyone else!

    HOWEVER, Dr. Roback Morse's concern losses traction as she continues to group ALL "Gays" within a derogatory category. Speaking in hung generalizations, rather than solve the specific incident at hand, Dr. Roback Morse further insinuates (in an incredibly passive aggressive tone) that ALL homosexual RAs are bullies trying to enforce a negative agenda.

    Dr. Roback Morse:

    "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 said, "gosh, now that you mention it, my daughter was in a dorm, even at a Christian college where she had a Gay RA."

    She further attempts to reach out to parents and insinuate that if their children are students of a "Gay RA" that they are pre-exposed to becoming victims of a homosexual agenda.

    For GayNewsPulse.com her soft-spoken motherly appeal and crucifix around her neck is no disguise for the bigotry she preaches. Dr. Roback Morse is in no way spreading God's teachings of LOVE.

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