It's very saddening that we live in such a rabidly divisive society where self-proclaimed "liberals" are in reality so desperate and closed minded so as to engage in violence, defamation, and lies against those like myself trying to foster dialogue of diverse ideas. Character slurs such as "racist" and "neo-Nazi" are last ditch attempts from a perishing ideology of global secular humanism.
Christ was crucified. Joan of Arc burned. Oscar Romero shot. All by their own countrymen for crimes they did not commit. Today they are remembered as heroes. Thankfully my Jesuit education has taught me to deal with the blows just like them. The guilt is on my persecutors.
At Saint Louis University, we seek to foster an inclusive campus environment where people from all walks of life are welcomed and respected. The bigotry on display in Charlottesville, Virginia, brought shudders to American households and to our campus. With the Catholic Bishops of the United States, we “stand against the evil of racism, white supremacy and neo-Nazism." Such loathing, degradation and false primacy are diametrically opposed to Saint Louis University’s Catholic, Jesuit values. The University condemns the propagation of hate, acts of oppression and dehumanizing of our neighbors. White supremacist, anti-Semitic and racist movements have no place in our world.
As a Jesuit Catholic School, St. Louis University High School is part of the larger mission of the Catholic Church and that of the Society of Jesus in the United States. We profess that all people are made in the image and likeness of God. We value and teach the dignity of every human person from natural conception to natural death, and, therefore, we abhor racism, violence and the death of innocent people. We continue to pray for all those in need of spiritual healing and for the consolation of all harmed by injustice. We are committed to forming our students in accordance with our Jesuit Catholic mission as a response to the brokenness of our humanity and in the hope of human solidarity as magnified in Christ.We welcome tips and feedback. Email the author at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow on Twitter at @DoyleMurphy.
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