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"Gay students are welcome and accepted at Boston College," said Dunn, the university spokesman, in an interview. "But as a Catholic university, students understand that we cannot sanction an event that promotes a lifestyle that is in conflict with church teaching and the mission and heritage of Boston College."According to an article published by the Boston Globe, university officials at Boston College (a Catholic institution) and leaders with the student GLBT Leadership Council have yet to come to a compormise over an AIDS beneift dance which the GLBT group was planning to have. The university had denied a permit for the event last week, after concerns that the dance would advocate or promote homoexuality, which is, of course, against Cathilic doctrine. "We are engaged in ongoing discussions with [council] students to host a dance in January that's open to all students," said Jack Dunn, BC's spokesman. "To build understanding you need to welcome the entire community. We remain hopeful that the GLC and other groups will be willing to do that." Organizers of the dance agreed to change the name from "The GLC Diversity Ball: A Night in Gay Paris" to "AIDS Benefit Gala: A Celebration of Diversity". But even withthat, the school's concerns were not calmed. The GLBT Council's vice president, Sasha Westerman, considers the university's actions to be discriminatory: "Other dances can be held on campus, but this one can't, because of the sexual orientation of the students attending and sponsoring it," the senior said. Now here is what gets me... A university spokesman came up and gave a statement about all of this. Just read the statement... listen to the contradictions:
"Gay students are welcome and accepted at Boston College," said Dunn, the university spokesman, in an interview. "But as a Catholic university, students understand that we cannot sanction an event that promotes a lifestyle that is in conflict with church teaching and the mission and heritage of Boston College."I would like to say that you cannot be "welcoming and accepting" but at the same time preaching that this "lifestyle" is "in conflict with church teaching..." You cannot say, we welcome and accept you into the Boston College community and then, later, deny those students the same opportunities as other students and groups. I only wish the Christian Church would come to learn how to right its wrongs now rather than hundreds of years in the future. I know, personally, I would like to see gay people fully accepted into the Church before I die.