Texas A&M Student Senate Allows Perso...

Texas A&M Student Senate Allows Personal Defunding of LGBT Center

There are 11 comments on the EDGE story from Apr 5, 2013, titled Texas A&M Student Senate Allows Personal Defunding of LGBT Center. In it, EDGE reports that:

The student senate at Texas A&M University approved a bill Wednesday night that would allow students to opt out of funding the school's LGBT Resource Center if they cite their religious beliefs, the Dallas Voice reports.

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“Equality First”

Since: Jan 09

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#1 Apr 5, 2013
I searched the Texas A & M student groups and found at least two Christian organizations. So my question would be, do students have the ability to opt out of funding the school's religious-affiliated groups?

Since: Apr 08

Cleveland, OH

#2 Apr 5, 2013
RalphB wrote:
I searched the Texas A & M student groups and found at least two Christian organizations. So my question would be, do students have the ability to opt out of funding the school's religious-affiliated groups?
If I was a student there, I'd also want to stop funding any pro-military or pro-Republican student groups.

“Equality First”

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#3 Apr 5, 2013
Gay And Proud wrote:
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If I was a student there, I'd also want to stop funding any pro-military or pro-Republican student groups.
I Googled Texas A & M Student Groups and found they have hundreds of groups. I would suspect there are any number of them that SOMEBODY would like not to fund. It's a lot like taxes, I suppose. I don't like funding needless wars, but there are things I approve of, and if I want them funded, then all of them must be. It's the democratic way.

Since: Dec 08

Toronto, ON, Canada

#4 Apr 5, 2013
RalphB wrote:
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I Googled Texas A & M Student Groups and found they have hundreds of groups. I would suspect there are any number of them that SOMEBODY would like not to fund. It's a lot like taxes, I suppose. I don't like funding needless wars, but there are things I approve of, and if I want them funded, then all of them must be. It's the democratic way.
And what would democracy possibly have to do with Tex-Ass?

“Marriage Equality”

Since: Dec 07

Lakeland, MI

#5 Apr 5, 2013
If I was a student there, I would insist that they not single out just one group that students can opt-out of funding. It needs to be an all-or-nothing thing that lists every group on campus and allows anyone to opt-out of any group they don't want to fund.

Can you imagine the outrage is they decided that students could opt-out of supporting the pretend christian groups on campus??? They would never do that, though, because discrimination based on religious beliefs if wrong, isn't it?

But wait....

“Equality First”

Since: Jan 09

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#6 Apr 5, 2013
JohnInToronto wrote:
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And what would democracy possibly have to do with Tex-Ass?
I know you probably didn't expect me to answer that, but I was actually pointing out the difference in what they are doing as compared to the democratic way. Believe me, I have no illusions about Texas.
Donny Brook

Spicewood, TX

#7 Apr 5, 2013
RalphB wrote:
I searched the Texas A & M student groups and found at least two Christian organizations. So my question would be, do students have the ability to opt out of funding the school's religious-affiliated groups?
There is no school funding for the religious groups.
Donny Brook

Spicewood, TX

#8 Apr 5, 2013
If you or anybody else doesn't like what the student legislature do at A&M, find another school to attend. Pretty simple. It is pretty funny for you leftists who are always crying for what you think are your rights to want to deny others who want their rights. It didn't say the gays were being defunded, it just stated if a student objected because of religious convictions, they wouldn't be forced to fund the gays. Grow up and get over it.

“ WOOF ! ”

Since: Nov 12

Coolidge, AZ

#9 Apr 5, 2013
Gay And Proud wrote:
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If I was a student there, I'd also want to stop funding any pro-military or pro-Republican student groups.
And if I was a student there, I'd also want to stop funding any anti-military or pro-Democratic (also know as Marxists, Leninists, Stalinists, and socialist) student groups.

“Equality First”

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#10 Apr 6, 2013
Donny Brook wrote:
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There is no school funding for the religious groups.
I don't know if they requested it or not, but they can get it. See the following:

http://studentactivities.tamu.edu/sofc/studen...

And if they don't, that's fine. But if they do, then it should be open to the same ruling as the LGBT Resource Center.
heartandmind

Moline, IL

#11 Apr 8, 2013
eJohn wrote:
If I was a student there, I would insist that they not single out just one group that students can opt-out of funding. It needs to be an all-or-nothing thing that lists every group on campus and allows anyone to opt-out of any group they don't want to fund.
Can you imagine the outrage is they decided that students could opt-out of supporting the pretend christian groups on campus??? They would never do that, though, because discrimination based on religious beliefs if wrong, isn't it?
But wait....
you have no understanding of the mindset on TAMU campus. it is a hotbed of ultra-conservative outlooks by and large. not your typical college campus. have you ever seen their corpmen? the mentality that's ingrained into them is pretty scary.

i understand school loyalty and passion. but they go a bit beyond the pail.

i checked them out while in high school and just didn't feel comfortable there. granted, they've got a great engineering program & some of my friends attended there back in the 70s but i opted for UT instead (yea, rivalry and all that....LOL)- for a reason.

i'm nut surprised at the turn of events. but, likewise, they need to give the option of "optioning out" of any group the student doesn't feel they want their fees going to, if they're going to do this at all.

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