Believing in two genders is a ‘hate crime’ under police investigation at Catholic college
‘You can have your opinion’ as long as it doesn’t ‘deny my existence’
APRIL 27, 2016
It’s uncommon at Jesuit universities these days for someone to openly share a traditional Catholic viewpoint.
When it happened at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, the school was so spooked it called the Los Angeles Police Department.
Both the police and the university’s Bias Incident Response Team are investigating the stated belief that only two genders exist, male and female, as a hate crime.
A Loyola alumni office employee discussed her views on sexual orientation, which align with the Roman Catholic Church, with three students who were hanging up posters on the subject on April 14.
Cosette Carleo, one of the students involved, told The College Fix in a phone interview that the hate crime under investigation is “denying transgenderism.”
Carleo’s account agrees in part with an email by the husband of the employee with whom she tangled.
The employee told Carleo, who identifies as gender-neutral, that only two genders exist, male and female, according to the student. Carleo told The Fix that statement was the hate crime.
Carleo responded that “you can have your opinion” as long as it doesn’t “deny my existence.”
Promoting ‘PanSexual’ lifestyle
Outside reports of what happened differ. The Bias Incident Response Team said in a statement obtained by The Los Angeles Loyolan that the team, the campus Public Safety office and LAPD were “looking into the events of April 14 as reported by the three students.”
Carleo told The Loyolan that she and two other students noticed that Rainbow Week posters “had been removed and placed behind a garbage can.”
As they were reposting the signs, the employee “allegedly approached the students about LGBTQ+ issues and voiced her opinions on differing sexualities, expressing that anti-LGBTQ+ signs should be put up in place of the students’ sign.”
Carleo told The Loyolan the employee “told me that I was wrong and unnatural.” An opinion editor at The Loyolan also referred to the employee’s traditional Catholic view as a “hate crime” because it “disrespect[ed] someone else’s existence.”
In an April 16 email forwarded to California Catholic Daily, the employee’s husband blasted The Loyolan for a “distortion of facts” around the incident, saying his wife told him about the entire incident the same day it happened. (Neither has been publicly identified.)
The students were hanging up signs promoting “PanSexual” orientation, the husband wrote. After the employee discussed her traditional Catholic views on love and sexuality, it was the students who “suggested that Campus ministry place a sign promoting the Catholic idea of relationships next to their signs next year.”
The husband wrote that an alum who overheard his wife’s conversation with the students can back her account.
After discussing the signs, “everyone shook hands and my wife invited them into the Alumni office anytime they wanted to talk more,” the husband wrote. “The girls express out loud how much they enjoyed the opportunity to ‘dialogue’ on these subjects with my wife.”
The husband said his wife was suspended before anyone “got her side of the story” and the alum who witnessed the incident has not been interviewed either.
When the employee approached her supervisor “to protest the accuracy” of the Loyolan article, the supervisor “refused to talk to her,” the husband wrote.
A Facebook user claiming to be the LMU alum who was with the employee, Anthony “AJ” Gonzales, wrote a long post about the altercation, clarifying that he was on the phone with the employee.
Gonzales said the employee was “in the process of seeking legal counsel” to defend herself and hold LMU accountable for how she was “unfairly treated and summarily dismissed” before she could give her side. He did not immediately respond to a Facebook message from The Fix Tuesday night.
When a Catholic University Publicly Renounces the Catholic Faith
ANTHONY GONZALES·FRIDAY, APRIL 15, 2016
EVERYONE! What you are about to read in the below linked article is perfect example of the left’s intolerance and the real hipocrisy of the Modernists who are in charge of the Institutional Catholic Church but they themselves even though they use the name are not in fact Catholic.
The Loyolan is the “newspaper” of Loyola Marymount University of which I am an Alumnus. I was on the person’s cell phone when the stated “altercation” took place. I have written a verbatim of what I heard and I can tell you that what is reported is nearly 80% false, incomplete, and totally onesided since the individual being accused of a “hate crime” was never interviewed for the article in order to have a much more objective and fair presentation of the facts.
The “undisclosed individual” because of this unsubstantiated accusation has been suspended from her 15 year position (without first being interviewed and properly deposed) at this supposed “Catholic” University (paid leave) until the investigation has been completed. The incident took place Thursday, April 14, 2016 and lasted about 10 minutes.
The individual is in the process of seeking legal counsel to secure her rights and to investigate the possible violation of the law in how she has been falsely accused by the three individuals and unfairly treated and summarily dismissed without being given the ability to at least explain the incident from her perspective.
The most disturbing part of this whole incident and the inappropriate response of the University to assume “Guilty until proven Innocent” is that the individual was actually being very kind and friendly and asking if these sexually explicit marketing flyers had actually been approved by the proper department for posting all over the campus. When this was affirmed by the three individuals a friendly discussion “dialogue” (the word I heard them use) ensued. The falsely accused individual explained why she felt these flyers were inappropriate for a Catholic University and she cheerfully explained perennial Catholic teaching regarding human sexuality and the place of gender in design of God’s Creation. Let me state this clearly, the unnamed individual simply presented ROMAN CATHOLIC TEACHING about sexuality to individuals who attend a “supposedly” Roman Catholic University. Until alternately explained, apparently Roman Catholic Moral Teaching is now considered “Hate Speech” ON THE CAMPUS OF A ROMAN CATHOLIC UNIVERSITY!
So as you read the article at the link below please take into consideration everything stated above from an audio witness to the incident. This is just the beginning. being a witness I can only say so much but I thought it only fair to let you know that my friend has been falsely accused and unjustly treated for simply presenting the traditional moral teaching of the Catholic Church in a friendly and welcoming manner without judgment nor any rancor.
The account given by the LMU Gender-Sexuality Alliance does not square with what Carleo told The Fix.
The alliance’s press release said the verbal altercation happened between 9 a.m and noon, but Carleo said it happened between 12:30 and 1:15 p.m. Carleo said the students assumed the signs, which had been posted two days earlier, had been removed between 9 and noon.
Though the Bias Incident Response Team told The Loyolan there were two investigations – the sign removal and the employee’s conversation with the students – Carleo admitted they have no evidence that the employee removed the signs.
Carleo told The Fix that while voices were raised in the conversation, there was no actual yelling, and witnesses who considered intervening saw that “there was no danger.”
Anthony Garrison-Engbrecht, director of LMU’s LGBT Student Services, referred Fix inquiries to spokeswoman Celeste Durante. She told The Fix on April 19 that the investigation was ongoing.
The alumni office employee did not return requests for comment. An email to her drew an automatic “out of the office” reply.
Loyolan Assistant News Editor Kellie Chudzinksi, the author of the article, did not return multiple requests for an explanation of how she attempted to reach the employee.