Ban the American Family Association from rallying on campus at LSU

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Ban the American Family Association from rallying on campus at LSU

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Maggie Cloos started this petition to Louisiana State University Administration

On January 24, 2015 Louisiana State University will host a prayer rally on campus led by Gov. Jindal and sponsored by the American Family Association (AFA), a recognized hate group.

The AFA is recognized by the Southern Poverty Law Center as an anti-gay hate group. Their rally, called The Response, has in the past blamed homosexuality and gay marriage, among other things, for natural disasters that have happened in the US in recent years.  The AFA's Director of Issues Analysis, Bryan Fischer, is routinely responsible for antagonistic, misinformed statements like the following:

"[h]omosexuality gave us Adolph Hitler, and homosexuals in the military gave us the Brown Shirts, the Nazi war machine and 6 million dead Jews.”

"Having accepted the lies of "that old deluder Satan" that [transgendered people] are trapped inside the body of the wrong gender, many resort to hormone therapy and even sex reassignment surgery in a vain, dangerous and enormously destructive effort to obliterate their true sexual identity."

"Eric Garner and Michael Brown both fought the law, and the law won. In the end, they have no one to blame but themselves."

"most Americans, even educated ones, do not understand this basic fact about the First Amendment: that by the word "religion" in the First Amendment, the Founders meant only the various expressions of Christianity."

In LSU's own code of conduct it outlines a "commitment to community" that expects that students will:

"hold myself and others to the highest standards of...personal, and social integrity"

"practice justice, equality, and compassion in human relations"

"respect the dignity of all persons and accept individual differences"

If students are held to these standards of basic decency, why do the same rules not apply to visitors to LSU's campus? As a member of the LSU student community, it saddens and offends me that our administration would welcome to campus a recognized hate group whose vile rhetoric targets gay and transgendered people, Muslims, immigrants, and other marginalized groups. Such action undermines the safe, tolerant, respectful atmosphere that LSU seeks to provide for its diverse community. Please help me in petitioning the administration to reconsider letting an unabashedly bigoted group rally on our campus. LSU is better than that.

 

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