|The article in the Daily Toreador on 10/27/2005 regarding TTU’s support of the blanket acceptance of
homosexuality illustrates how some in our society are willing to disregard a firm foundation for morality
in favor of an arbitrary standard that is always at the mercy of the dominant culture at any particular
time. When a student comes by my office to ask a question, I usually have no idea what their sexual
orientation is, if they’ve ever committed a crime, if they’re planning on committing a sin or anything else
about their personal condition. Assuming I do happen to know something about this person’s activities,
whether I think they are morally correct or not, as a professional, it is my job to treat them with respect
and dignity. This happens regardless of whether or not I have a pink triangle on my door. The
supposed need of this university to endorse the creation of so called “safe zones” for individuals in any
group should be considered an insult to all the faculty and staff who act professionally. If we don’t have
a sticker on our door, does this imply that our offices are “un-safe zones” and the students should
expect to be punished for their views and lifestyles? Should Tech start setting up safe zones for blacks,
Hispanics, and maybe even Christians since they all experience discrimination?
I’ve heard some homosexuals get offended that some consider their lifestyle to be morally equivalent to
pedophilia and kleptomania. How can they be offended unless they have some moral hierarchy in their
minds which puts homosexuality in the acceptable zone and these other conditions in the unacceptable
zone? What is this hierarchy based on? As a Christian who believes the content of the Bible is true
regardless of how many times people misinterpret it, I accept God’s sovereignty to establish moral
guidelines whether I enjoy obeying them or not. It is for this reason only that any sexual activity outside
the bond of a marriage between one man and one woman is considered a sin by God. If love is the
main criteria for marriage, then why is polygamy a crime in this country? My opinion or anybody else’s
opinion on whether there is a God and if He is the God described by the Bible has no bearing on the
truth of the matter. Stating my opinion is not judgment any more than a homosexual expressing their
views is judgment.
Many societies have been willing to disregard an absolute moral standard and have suffered the
inevitable consequences. As a society, we express ideas through various forums and eventually go to
the polls to decide what ideas will be infused into our laws both directly and by electing those that will
make laws. I’m thankful to live in a country where I can speak my mind. I hope those that disagree with
my views are equally thankful.
Tim Dallas, PhD
Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering
President, Christian Faculty and Staff Association
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