Monday, October 10, 2005

Macalester and the slippery slope

The Red Star reports that Macalester College (St. Paul, MN) now offers coed suites for their students. This is probably no longer real news, except for the fact that it is some news as evidenced by the Red Star article here.

Two years after drawing fire over a proposal to allow men and women to share residence hall rooms, Macalester College is allowing older students who live in apartment-style housing to choose their suite mates regardless of gender.

That's "gender", mind you, not "sex". Gender can encompass male, female, or other. Remember when we used to fill out a form and check the "sex" box - male or female? Now it's "gender". Here's a little definitional comparison:

Sex refers to biological differences; chromosomes, hormonal profiles, internal and external sex organs.
Gender describes the characteristics that a society or culture delineates as masculine or feminine.
So the leftists have adopted the usage of "gender" instead "sex", ostensibly because gender allows wiggle room for what might have been called the "other" category. It's pliable, depending on the circumstances. They posit that "male" and "female" are constructs of a patriarchal society, and thus discriminate against those alleged to exist to one side of the scale or the other, but not within mainstream society's idea of the roles.

Why should we care about this? Because of the escalation of social changes sought by the left and other radical special interest groups. It starts with installing speech codes on campus and in the public square, for example, making it a crime to denounce or preach against deviant lifestyles. This is already happening in Canada, and we're not too far away from that in the USA.

The changes are incremental. Twenty years ago or so, many college dormitories became coed despite the objection of many parents and alumni. It came to be accepted and apparently worked ok on the micro level. What we don't know is how it has affected our society on the macro level. Combine that change cumulatively with other changes, and the overall effect has been, Rambix would argue, a shift away from the moral and virtuous, to a coarsened, soulless, and immoral culture.

Now the folks at Macalester have taken it a step further by allowing coed suites:

The change puts Macalester on a growing list of liberal arts colleges offering such options. It was pushed by gay, lesbian and transgendered students who wanted more flexible living arrangements that they said would make them feel more accepted on campus.
If there is anyone who doubts the influence of the GBLT (gay, bisexual, lesbian, transgendered)movement, you haven't been paying attention. They are not interested in equality, they are interested in acceptance. They are interested in changing our culture as we know it. This is obvious from reading newspapers like the Red Star, or watching primetime television. They are making the rules and the definitions, and they don't have your best interests at heart.

God created Man and Woman, not 60-40 or 80-20. Don't let them take that away.