The University of Dayton, a Roman Catholic institution in Ohio, has a website which reads:
“As a Catholic [and] Marianist university, we are guided by our mission to foster an educational community that welcomes and includes all people. As a Christian and educational community, we recognize that every person has innate dignity because all people are made in the image and likeness of God, and we seek to create an environment where all persons feel respected, safe and valued.”
So far, so good. But I was was surprised to read this advice from the University of Dayton’s Women’s Center website, which instructs about gender neutral language. Though they make sure people don’t assume this is university policy — perhaps they don’t want to anger the alumni — they do provide this list for those who don’t want to use heteronormative language. (No, they don’t explain why.)
Here’s one of their handy lists:
Note that “husband” and “wife” are problematic, according to the University of Dayton. This political-correctness-run-amok is far too common, but you expect to see it on public university campuses… not Catholic ones. Lifezette points out:
“It has been a tradition of the politically correct movement to eliminate any gender-based language references in choice of words,” said Quentin L. Van Meter, M.D., vice president at ACPeds. “The mantra is that words are offensive and that if we change the words to ‘nonoffensive’ words, we are all living in a better world. The problem is that in changing the words, others are offended.”
Van Meter can’t help but note the irony.
“Of all places, a Marianist University should be a safe home for those who espouse the tenets of the Catholic teachings that God created man and woman and that marriage is a sacrament,” he said.
Here’s a thought experiment for you parents who are considering a private education for your children: If Catholic campuses are indistinguishable from public universities, why spend the money? It costs $58,680 to send your kid to the University of Dayton.
Surely you should get more for your money than cheap identity politics.
Hat Tip: Lifezette
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