Friday, May 06, 2005
"The perspective of time has shown us that our actions, intended or not, can offend others. We must not knowingly act in a way that others will believe, based on their experience, to be an attack on their dignity as human beings. We cannot teach one principle about respect for human dignity in our classrooms, than fail to act by the same principle when making decisions."
Well golly gee Father Wild. This whole "Christianity" thing you have going on at the university is certainly going to "offend others," who will see Catholic teachings as "an attack on their dignity as human beings" (e.g., radical feminists, pro-abortionists, gay rights groups, etc.), so maybe you should be more respectful of "human dignity" by making MU's classrooms more secular, like, say, they are at UW Madison.
Come to think of it, the new "Gold" nickname might not be as offense-free as you thought. We should do a poll of jewelry makers, gold-mine workers, families of people who died in the Yukon and California gold rushes, etc., to make sure that no one is offended. This is the only safe course of action. As you say, if one person, no matter how irrational or hypersensitive, is offended, then we can't do anything that might offend them.
Let's take the safest course, and rename the team the "Marquette Rainbows," in honor of diversity. That way no one will be offended.
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