Controversy at a Catholic High School in Charlotte, North Carolina after Sister Jane Dominic Laurel told students that masturbation causes homosexuality at a school wide assembly last week.
Sister Laurel, a professor of theology at Nashville’s Aquinas College, is being widely condemned after forcefully denouncing homosexuality with outdated statistics, prejudiced stereotypes and other extremist claims.
A Charlotte Catholic student describes the lecture:
She started talking about how gays [sic] people are gay because they have an absent father figure, and therefore they have not received the masculinity they should have from their father … Also a guy could be gay if he masterbates [sic] and so he thinks he is being turned on by other guys. And then she gave an example of one of her gay ‘friends’ who said he used to go to a shed with his friends and watch porn and thats why he was gay. … Then she talked about the statistic where gay men have had either over 500 or 1000 sexual partners and after that I got up and went to the bathroom because I should not have had to been subject to that extremely offensive talk.
More than 3,800 people have signed onto a Change.org petition asking the school to apologize for the lecture led last Friday by Laurel; and in a separate action, 64 students and 86 alumni signed onto a letter with similar requests, which was sent directly to school officials.
LGBTQ Nation reports the letter and petition allege that Laurel made a variety of prejudiced comments about gay and lesbian people during her lecture on masculinity and femininity, including that masturbation or an absent father may make a boy more likely to be gay — two claims soundly rejected by mainstream medical professionals and associations.
According to the petition, Laurel told students that “people are gay because they have an absent father figure, and therefore they have not received the masculinity they should have from their father,” and then cited a statistic where “gay men have had either over 500 or 1000 sexual partners.”
It should come as a surprise to no one that Laurel has been linked to the notorious anti-LGBT Christian hate group, the National Organization for Marriage (NOM).