- The Washington Times - Thursday, March 22, 2007

Georgia Tech is perilously close to deserving the “anti-Christian” label some detractors are now throwing at it. A speech code and an Orwellian “free speech zone” have been used to prevent Christian students from voicing dissent on homosexuality. A judge threw out the code and the zone. Brochures from the school’s “Safe Space” program have declared certain biblical interpretations on homosexuality to be wrong, comparable to slavery apologias. All this has landed the school in court. Within the next several weeks, we hope, the judge will send the remainder of the school’s repugnant policy the way of its code and zone.

There is no reason students may not speak freely on the subject of homosexuality. Strange, but we thought college campuses were “free speech zones.” Georgia Tech’s repeated attempts to muzzle even civil dissent reflect extremely poorly on its capacity to foster reasoned debate. Surely, an environment of reasoned debate is not what plaintiff Ruth Malhotra has faced. In the name of “tolerance,” the school has invoked its speech codes and zone to silence her criticisms of homosexuality. In the meantime, Ms. Malhotra has received death threats, threats of rape and other avowed assaults by e-mail and otherwise from thugs lurking in the student body and elsewhere, as FrontPageMag.com reported this week.

The school is beyond hypocritical. It takes what are effectively theological positions on the proper use of the Bible and even presumes to pass judgment on which American churches are homophobic — making Georgia Tech the first state university in America we’ve encountered which has official theological positions.

“Many religious traditions have taught, and some continue to teach, that homosexuality is immoral,” reads the brochure in question. “These condemnations are based primarily on a few isolated passages from the Bible. Historically, [b]iblical passages taken out of context have been used to justify such things as slavery, the inferior status of women, and the persecution of religious minorities.” Also: “Mormons have ‘the most anti-gay policies’ of any major American church,” it declares.

“The government of Georgia cannot tell me that my biblical objections to homosexuality are taken out of context,” says Ms. Malhotra’s attorney, David French. He’s right.

It is not the place of a taxpayer-funded university to take any position whatsoever on the interpretation of the Bible, nor on the relative merits of churches on the subject of homosexuality. But the “right” to publish such material is among the things Georgia Tech is currently pursuing in a court of law. This follows its attempt to enforce the “free speech zone” and a clearly nefarious speech code.

Georgia Tech’s inability to allow civil and reasoned debate on homosexuality is a national disgrace. It should begin showing remorse by ensuring the physical safety of Ms. Malhotra.

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