Tell Harvard: Don't Sponsor Anti-Gay, Anti-Islam Hatred
  • Petitioned Jennifer Doody

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Director, Harvard Extension Student Association Student Affairs & Clubs Division
Jennifer Doody
Dean of Students and Alumni Affairs
Robert H. Neugeboren
Harvard Extension School
President, Harvard Extension Student Association
Philip Harding
Harvard Extension Student Association Student Outreach & Markting Division
Sean Wilkes
Harvard Extension Service and Leadership Society
Natalie Bisasor
Harvard Extension Student Association Student Outreach & Markting Division
Tracie Jones
Harvard Extension Student Association Student Outreach & Markting Division
Siobhán O'Shaughnessy

Tell Harvard: Don't Sponsor Anti-Gay, Anti-Islam Hatred

    1. Michael Jones
    2. Petition by

      Michael Jones

      Boston, MA

On April 1-2, Harvard University will play host to an event called the "Social Transformation Conference," sponsored by the Harvard Extension Service and Leadership Society, featuring some of the most vocal, aggressive, and virulent leaders from the religious right -- people who blame homosexuality, Islam, and women's rights for the downfall of America, and who have financial ties to efforts in Uganda to pass an Anti-Homosexuality Bill that would institute the death penalty or life imprisonment for LGBT people.

The guests at this conference include:

- Dr. Lance Wallnau, who recently said: "You've got Islam invading the United States. So you've got your homosexual activity, your abortion activity here, Islam coming in, you've got a financial collapse -- all of this, to those of us who are Christians, is an apocalyptic confirmation that when you remove God from public discourse, when you don't line up your thinking with kingdom principles, you inevitably hit an iceberg like the Titanic and you go down."

- Os Hillman, who is a close colleague and financial backer of a minister in Uganda named Julius Oyet, who has perhaps been the most vocal religious leader urging for passage of the country's Anti-Homosexuality Bill, colloquially known as the "Kill the Gays" bill.

- Larry Bizette, who fought against efforts in Baton Rouge to recognize LGBT people, by telling city leaders that if they recognized gay folks, it would be akin to honoring "sin" and an "abomination."

- Dr. Jerry Anderson, whose organization, the La Red Business Network, adheres to a "morality" policy that believes same-sex marriage and reproductive rights should be outlawed in every facet of society.

- Dr. Bil Hamon, who believes that homosexuality is akin to incest and sex with animals, and who argues on his Web site that people should adhere to the biblical principle that homosexuality should be punished by execution.

Why is Harvard University and the Harvard Extension Service and Leadership Society willing to put their name, branding, and sponsorship all over this event? Is this the type of event on campus that creates an environment that honors Harvard's rich commitment to students of varying faiths, genders, sexual orientations, and religions? Absolutely not.

Send Harvard a message that this conference doesn't belong on campus with the University's support and sponsorship. This event is giving a platform to some of the most hateful and vengeful rhetoric on the religious right -- targeted at LGBT people, women, Muslims, and anyone considered an "other". It doesn't belong at Harvard.

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    • Desiree Quast LOUISVILLE, KY
      • over 3 years ago

      To think that this sort of thing is allowed in normal society is abominable to begin with. But finding out that this university allowed these speakers to come onto the campus and "preach" about how anyone who is not a conformist to their ways is sending everyone to Hell is intolerable. I am a Witch, and have been that way since I can remember. Yet, you don't see me going around say that I'm right and everyone else is wrong, now do you? I'm not evil in any sense, and these people have it in their minds that Witches, Muslims, LGBT, and anyone who is "different" is "of the Devil". I don't know when religion started to be mixed back into our schools or politics for that matter. All I know is that hate groups like this can not be allowed to continue like this, especially on campus grounds. This can be viewed as threatening to those they are opposing in their speeches. And if they want to start witch hunts, then they will all be in jail for violating the law.

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    • Kevin Smith NORTH OGDEN, UT
      • over 3 years ago

      This is as disconcerting as it can get, imo...

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    • Gregor Everitt PACIFICA, CA
      • over 3 years ago

      With all due respect...are you fucking nuts?

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    • Deborah Iaquinta WEYMOUTH, MA
      • over 3 years ago

      How could Harvard University possibly be involved in any way with such an ignorant and hate based "conference"??? Really? Harvard??? You have students of all different faiths, ethnicities, sexual orientation, and just regular WOMEN! How dare you!!! Stop this! It is in our country's origin, intention of the forefathers, the Constitution, that there is to be a separation of church and state. Religious freedom! That's why people came here in the first place. The pursuit of happiness. Gay people aren't hurting anyone. Its not my thing but I don't care what they do. Its none of my business and its nobody else's business either. They are hurting nobody! Most people do not choose to be gay, its how they are born. Leave them alone. How would you like it if your kid was gay and going to Harvard or was killed for being gay like these people are promoting to be the law!!?? I would even say how would you like it if you had a DAUGHTER or if you are a WOMAN? Do you want your daughter or yourself to not have any civil rights? We are in wars in the middle east supposedly to bring democracy and civil rights, which we all know is not the real reason. Its oil and the war machine makes the powers that be some really big money at the expense of the sons and daughters of this country. As far as Islam, yes we've had some problems with the extremists, but what do you think these "Christian speakers are?? Total psychos and extremists!! Jesus would NEVER want this done in his name. He was about love and compassion. He performed miracles and miraculous healings. He embodied the light, not this darkness and hate! This is regular people's hateful ignorant beliefs, not God's, not Jesus'. Isn't everyone God's children?? I think so and I don't think God is some horrible scary being of hellfire and brimstone. I think God is LOVE, is the creator of all in the universe, the divine spark of life that connects every living thing. This presentation at Harvard is a disgrace and you are feeding the hate in this world! There is way more than enough of that in today's society and this is truly SHOCKING! Anything of a hate based nature like this is actually illegal and against basic human rights!! Shame on you. Be the bringer of light, love and compassion and be a leader of the light, not hate, darkness and evil. :-(

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    • Janice Redinger FORT WORTH, TN
      • over 3 years ago

      What these folks seem to gloss over is the "Judge not, lest ye be judged." ANYONE who uses the words God and hate in the same sentence is so VERY undereducated and misinformed. These folks are serious. Even more than a Baptist preacher in a whorehouse. We have a lot of those around here and, all over, really. Did we also forget "Thou shall not kill?" I bet so.

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