Opinion: Biting the hand that feeds you: The way of academia
by Roger Hines
September 29, 2013 12:46 AM | 28708 views | 172 172 comments | 42 42 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The action of Kennesaw State University in promoting Gay Pride Month is a slap in the face of the citizens of Cobb, Cherokee, Bartow, and all other counties in the region KSU serves.

For that matter, KSU’s celebration of Gay Pride is an affront to the entire state since the university, the state’s third largest, receives tax money generated by citizens across Georgia. No one who has lived in Georgia for six months could be in doubt about the state’s predominant culture. We aren’t Washington State, and Atlanta isn’t San Francisco either, or not yet.

At issue is a great university that was made great by supportive, local community leaders, the general citizenry, and thousands of tuition-paying students, many of whom will just have to endure the month of October. That university, instead of honoring the hand that has fed it, has taken a cultural stand that is anathema to those who foot its bills. October, you see, is Gay Pride Month, and the KSU administration assures us they will host a party.

Let’s take a look at what that month-long party portends: parades, forums where “sexual equality” is touted, exhibits teaching gay history, coming-out testimonies, probably some well-known speakers who will tell KSU students how backward Georgia is, and most certainly a trek to Piedmont Park for something or another.

Around the nation, Gay Pride Month is held under the auspices of L-G-B-T-I-Q. If we’re going to understand what our beloved, local, grown-up university is promoting, we should get a handle on these letters.

Of course “L” is for lesbian. We know what that one means. “G” is gay. We understand that one as well, although there is overlap of “L” and “G.” Gay is the broader term because all lesbians are gay but not all gays are lesbian (female). Some, of course, are male. “B” is for bisexual. OK, Georgians, with this one we are really, really moving away from our traditional community values. But bisexual doesn’t need an explanation either, except to say that nobody can claim it squares with the Judeo-Christian ethic.

“T” is for transgender. This one makes me sad, because any way you cut it, it argues that God made a mistake. We should never be unkind to anyone who grapples with this issue, but neither should we allow a tax-supported university to tout or defend it.

“I” is for intersex. Don’t ask me about this one, and if you know, don’t tell. I don’t want to know. If KSU’s goal is “to increase awareness,” they failed to reach me on this one, but there’s enough in the mix already to get the picture.

“Q” is the most disturbing, not because it stands for queer, which it does, but because it also stands for “questioning.” In other words, if a 17- or 18-year-old freshman thinks his or her parents are so yesterday and has questions about his or her sexuality, KSU has answers. Or at least aid and comfort. KSU, that’s not why we have given you all these decades of support. Please get on with mathematics, history, your nursing program, etc.

I have had a long, pleasant association with KSU as it has moved from a small, two-year college to university status. I have taught English there, tutored in its Writing Center, served as founding co-director of its Kennesaw Mountain Writing Project, worked as supervising teacher for several of its student teachers, and served on an accreditation commission that found it very easy to recommend KSU for continued accreditation. KSU is a vibrant, exciting place.

Furthermore, the Presidents I’ve known, Dr. Horace Sturgis and Dr. Betty Siegel were intellectual and community giants. The current President, Dr. Dan Papp, I haven’t met, but I have heard him speak numerous times. His mind is incredible; his person is a delight.

Even so, I will never believe that most Georgians approve of KSU or any of their other universities pressing or encouraging the gay agenda. But universities do it anyhow. It is the way of academia. They ply state legislators for funds and then foster such things as gay politics that neither state legislators nor their constituents approve of. This should cease.

According to newspaper reports, Dr. Papp will participate in the Gay Pride Month kickoff event on October 3. His goal and that of KSU’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion (what does that office do eight hours a day?) is to “open doors” and “make gays feel safe.”

Let’s hope that KSU is inclusive of conservative Christian students somewhere in all of their diversity. There are legions of them amongst KSU’s 23,000 students. I’ll be thinking about them come October.

Roger Hines of Kennesaw is a retired high school teacher and former state legislator.

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Jeanette S
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October 07, 2013
There's a very interesting article in the current issue of Rolling Stone: "War on Gay Teens." It discusses Georgia "Christian" schools with zero tolerance policies for gay teens. While these schools openly discriminate against these young kids, they still accept tax dollars from Georgia tax payers. Not only do they discriminate, they encourage their students to "expose" gay or gay friendly students. Don't teenagers have enough problems? Perhaps the private schools can finance their own hatred, and I think our tax dollars could be better spent to support and strengthen our public school system.
InformedCantonVoter
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October 07, 2013
Like the school Ari Durham is Dean of in Roswell. He is running for City Council in Canton.
Sue Ann
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October 06, 2013
BTW a simple explanation of intersex for you:

Intersex, in humans and other animals, is a variation in sex characteristics including chromosomes, gonads, and/or genitals that do not allow an individual to be distinctly identified as male or female. Such variation may involve genital ambiguity, and combinations of chromosomal genotype and sexual phenotype other than XY-male and XX-female.[1][2] Intersex infants with ambiguous outer genitalia may be surgically 'corrected' to more easily fit into a socially accepted sex category. Others may opt, in adulthood, for surgical procedures in order to align their physical sex characteristics with their gender identity or the sex category to which they were assigned at birth. Others will not become aware that they are intersex—unless they receive genetic testing—because it does not manifest in their phenotype. Some individuals may be raised as a certain sex (male or female) but then identify with another later in life, while others may not identify themselves as either exclusively female or exclusively male.[1][2][3] Research has shown gender identity of intersex individuals to be independent of sexual orientation, though some intersex conditions also affect an individual's sexual orientation.[4]

You didn't want to know but how sad for you, it is a medical condition.
Sue Ann
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October 06, 2013
I find it amazing those that claim Christianity as their "reason" for judging others, forget one of the Jesus's own comments. "Let he who is without sin cast the first stone."

Whether you believe homosexuality is a choice or something that is biological, as a Christian you are suppose to refrain from judgement, because only our Lord and Savior can judge any of us.

You can of course find it upsetting that KSU is being accepting of those who feel different or you can ask "What would Jesus do?".

Anyone who has read their bible will know the answer, he would love in spite of the person's lifestyle. Jesus died among criminals, he asked his father for their salvation, he didn't shy away from them, even in his own pain. He forgave a woman of loose moral values or as some would say a prostitute, or better yet he opted not to judge her and loved her instead.

Jesus himself was seen by the "establishment" as a trouble maker, of one who preached false truths and who threatened the religion. He was seen as someone who was less than desirable. For his "crimes" he was judged by the "establishment" unworthy, seen as less than lovable, and murdered. I would hope that Christians who found their faith on Jesus would remember this.
BillJ4
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October 06, 2013
I see no evidence of Jesus Christ in Roger Hines.
dpij
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October 06, 2013
Most people below 40 have no problem with gay people.

the bible condones slavery and condemns divorced and remarried heteros and forbids the eating of shellfish as well.... but we seem to ignore these passages with great abandon...
Mykell
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October 05, 2013
Mr. Hines, I don't care if you don't want me to tell you what intersex means.

It is how some people are physically born. Intersex people are born phsyically between male and female. Or, in terms you can unerstand, God made them that way. Do you know what hermaphrodite means? Intersex is a synonym of the common-use definition, and a hypernym of the medical definition.
Get Off My Lawn
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October 05, 2013
You've said your words and now we can say that your ideas are ridiculous and absurd and frankly make no sense. Your words are based on bigotry and fear. We have no time for such nonsense. Cheers.
Potrzbie50
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October 04, 2013
This reads like the ravings of an old man yelling on his porch at the varmints on the lawn. Hines is obviously fishing around for something to do in retirement, heard about this, and went ballistic. God forbid he has any gay relatives, nieces, nephews, etc. It's just tired, typical Old South bigotry - and he manages to get in a little conservative Christian victimization at the end, let's make sure the poor Christians have equal time! This article could also be taught in social studies or political sciences classes at KSU as a prime example of the modern conservative mind - the whole world is against us, we're the ones with the Godly values who used to control everything, it's going to hell in a hand basket unless we rise up and reclaim Amurrica, and there's a black man in the White House!
Another KSU grad
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October 04, 2013
Let's face it. Roger Hines would have written editorials to support slavery and segregation. And he would have used scripture to justify the continued existence of both.
Nancy_Smith
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October 03, 2013
Mr Hines wrote

"Let’s hope that KSU is inclusive of conservative Christian students somewhere in all of their diversity. There are legions of them amongst KSU’s 23,000 students. I’ll be thinking about them come October."

A quick look at the KSU Organizations page reveals at least 16 organizations with a religious orientation, versus 2 organizations with a GLBT orientation.

If Mr Hines research is as poor as it seems to be, he'd never graduate from KSU.
Melody Craig
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October 03, 2013
It's amazing how a man that sounds so smart, can be so stupid. Some Christians can be so cruel, when did we get the right to judge someone, I was raised thinking only God could judge.
PerryB
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October 03, 2013
I am sure that the author would have planned to visit the campus if Gay Pride was not being celebrated...NOT!

I'm curious as to how many times in the last year this man has actually stepped foot on campus, or how this actually affects him in this day in age. If you don't like this acceptance of others, author, than simply close your eyes, and look the other way.

Inis Magrath
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October 03, 2013
TRANSLATION: "Hey! You kids! Get off my lawn!"
Joe Cano
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October 03, 2013
At first I was appalled when I read the commentary written by Mr. Hines, then it reminded me bigotry is still alive. Kudos to KSU for celebrating Gay Pride Month. I have always heard nothing but the best about KSU and its their actions like this will continue to attract the best and brightest students.

Mr Hines you should attend a class at KSU and perhaps you will be enlightened.
anonymous
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October 03, 2013
"Atlanta isn’t San Francisco either, or not yet"

BAHAHA. Atlanta is literally gayer than San Francisco. By a good amount, too:

http://www.queerty.com/gayest-cities-in-america-2013-20130110/

Shows how out of touch you are. Do you ever leave your gated suburb of judgmental hetero Christians?
UNG student
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October 03, 2013
Your article is terrible and you should feel bad. That's all I have to offer to the table.

Oh, yeah. There's one more thing - I'm bisexual and my brother is transgendered. Thanks for taking him and I down in one fell swoop. You caught us - we're trying to turn Atlanta into the San Francisco. You know, make it a tolerable city and a pinnacle for the arts? Looks like you're not for that.

I am of the belief that God exists in one form or another. However, I am of the belief that early cultures made God perfect solely to counter the humanesque Greek/Roman deities. I believe God has the capacity to make mistakes - and that he doesn't personally design every human. He's a clockmaker according to my belief system. Or he's just a metaphysical idea that shouldn't matter since it's just a matter of guesswork. Whatever - humans are not designed intelligently. Far from it.

Let's think about it this way: if humans were designed by an intelligent designer, then wouldn't that designer not add in free will after creating a cost-benefit analysis of every possible trait humans can possess? Free will will cause people to rebel. Having them subservient under all circumstances will not allow them to rebel. Which makes more utilitarian sense?
Jeanette S
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October 03, 2013
Mr. Hines' bigotry is now in the open, but it is nice to see the public strongly disapproves of his closed-minded rhetoric. Our educational institutions, especially those that benefit from our tax dollars, should not discriminate against anyone – period. Pay close attention to local races in our area, and research the candidates thoroughly. You may be surprised to find some that share and openly practice these antiquated beliefs. Liberty and justice FOR ALL!
InformedCantonVoter
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October 07, 2013
Ari Durham
Cherokee Gay Mom
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October 03, 2013
I for one am glad that the Tribune printed this. It tells us a few things - 1. GO KSU! For those of us that want to support inclusive organizations we now know that KSU is not only SAYING they are doing what they can to create an inclusive environment, they are actually doing it.

2. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE that they printed this man's picture and gave his bio. Newsflash, LOTS of Georgians (even conservative ones) are gay friendly. I hope people are finding this man on social media and letting him know WHY it's important for public universities to be inclusive and supportive of LGBTQI-Who cares if the letters are LMNOP... Who cares what those letters stand for?? We're all human, we all bleed red and as soon as Americans really start believing that, and acting on that we'll be in a better place.

3. There are gay Christians, and straight Christians who don't believe gays are on a path to hell simply because they love differently. I hope that someday he is able to see that his hatred and disdain for something he truly knows nothing about only perpetuates sadness, confusion and more hatred. It doesn't change anything. It doesn't make gay people go away. It won't make public universities stop celebrating diversity and thankfully, it won't stop progress.

Last but certainly not least, can one of the gays get me a copy of the gay agenda??? I can't find my handbook and I've been too busy raising my children, taking care of my family, my home working, paying taxes, volunteering my time and trying to be a good person in general to stay on top of what my action items are on said "Agenda."
JennKSU
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October 03, 2013
I'm scared that you were both a teacher and a legislator, no wonder GA is so slow in creating equality for all. GO KSU!
J. McLemore
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October 03, 2013
Roger Hines was my high school homeroom/English teacher. I was surprised to find that this derogatory article was written by him.

KSU is a fine institution and I applaud its celebration of Gay Pride month.

As for Roger Hines...take your stone age opinions back to your cave!
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