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Sunday, April 23, 2006

Katherine Kersten's Korner

Katherine Kersten's latest kolumn is about an issue I don't care about at all: the brouhaha over St. Thomas and their policy about non-married staff sharing hotel rooms on official trips. Of course, Kersten, being the 1950s throwback she is, is completely on the side of the college and their ban on cohabitation. What do I think? I think that people who are involved with the Catholic Church deserve it.

Wingnuttia Level: 7 (My head hurts...)

Kersten can't leave well enough alone with some issues, like saying that Lawrence Summers was forced to resign "after daring to question the politically correct line on sex differences" instead of just opening his big mouth and saying something stupid. She also seems to think that the heads of Christian colleges are courageous when they fight "secular trends"; I assume this would extend to those Christian colleges that preach that homosexuals are evil. Kersten is thus showing her backwards and patronizing beliefs like she always does.

But frankly, the policies of St. Thomas should concern only those people who are employed by or enrolled at St. Thomas. Why does it matter if unmarried people can't share a hotel room, or if St. Thomas makes all of their employees wear clown noses? It is none of my business. It also isn't representative of "fighting the good fight" against evil secularism like Kersten believes. It's just irrelevant.

Kersten, like many conservatives, can't keep out of the private lives of everybody. Why is she proud of this?


At 6:28 PM, April 24, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree. Policies of St. Thomas only affects people of St. Thomas. However, the Equality Ride which was recently through MN (and many colleges around the Nation) seems to think they should be concerned with policies of private institutions.

At 11:59 PM, April 24, 2006, Blogger Douglas Hester said...

Additionally, it was the two professors that publicized the story when they didn't get their way. All workplaces have rules. If you don't like the rules where you work, go somewhere else. I don't agree at all with Catholicism, but they decide what happens at their private university.

At 12:54 PM, April 26, 2006, Blogger Jeff Fecke said...

Well, private entities are allowed to lobby other private entities. Just because St. Thomas has a policy doesn't mean I have to like it--and just because I don't like it doesn't mean they have to change it.

What I don't get is what Kersten's complaint is. President makes a decision, some of his staff complains, President says, "Okay, we'll study this," then after discussion, decides to keep the policy as-is. Damn liberals!


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