It was early Monday afternoon, and I was on my way to my creative writing class in McComsey. I walked toward the traffic light outside of the SMC, and I noticed a small crowd was gathered around one sidewalk corner. I immediately saw a large banner with the phrase, “God’s Marriage = 1 man & 1 woman.”
I continued on my way to class, trying to ignore this group on the corner. Almost immediately, however, I began to get extremely upset.
I became so angry by this statement that I was fuming and steaming by the time I got to class. I was so upset about how aggressive this group was that I wasn’t able to concentrate on my in-class assignment.
I was certainly not the only student extremely offended and disturbed by the behavior of this group.
“I was on my way to class, and I noticed this group was creating quite a ruckus,” one fellow Millersville student stated. “They were really in-your-face and hostile towards students who were passing them on campus. I felt honestly uncomfortable after I passed them.”
Another Millersville student had the same experience.
“They were really disruptive and ruining many students’ day on campus. We are all here trying to study for exams and learn in a peaceful environment. This group destroyed that on Monday.”
Through what I have seen and noticed, many Millersville students were upset and offended by this group’s presence. This group, known as the American Society for the Defense of Tradition, Family and Property (TFP), states on their website that “they resist, in the realm of ideas, the liberal, socialist and communist trends of the times and proudly affirm the positive values of tradition, family and private property.” They also “defend traditional moral values on college campuses.”
There is nothing wrong with expressing free speech and beliefs in society. Hostility and aggression toward college students trying to get to class, however, are not needed.
As a student who has witnessed and experienced struggles with sexuality, I can say that Millersville’s campus, students, and faculty are extremely accepting of those who identify themselves as a member of the LGBT community.
When this group displayed their outright hatred here on campus, I was seriously disturbed and saddened, not only for myself, but also for other students who consider themselves LGBT.
This group also states, “Same-sex marriage offends God. Whenever one violates the natural moral order established by God, one sins and offends God. Same-sex ‘marriage’ does just this. Accordingly, anyone who professes to love God must be opposed to it.”
In America, we have something called separation of state and church, which means that our laws cannot be affected by any type of biblical law. No matter what religion someone practices, lawmakers should not be affected by personal religious beliefs.
The TFP also states, “Homosexual activists argue that same-sex ‘marriage’ is a civil rights issue similar to the struggle for racial equality in the 1960s. This is false. If homosexual ‘marriage’ is universally accepted as the present step in sexual ‘freedom,’ what logical arguments can be used to stop the next steps of incest, pedophilia, bestiality, and other forms of unnatural behavior?”
Sexuality and gender issues are, in fact, civil rights issues. Just like any other group, the LGBT community is fighting discrimination and defending their struggle for rights and freedoms. We cannot belittle a group’s call for human rights.
Ultimately, I believe that the hatred and discrimination displayed by this group has no place on campus. Please, do not disrupt the civility and peacefulness of a university. Millersville is recognized and known for embracing diversity. I am asking not to display this kind of demonstration again.