Bill Bumpas - OneNewsNow - 8/17/2010 6:00:00 AMNews that several "gay" and lesbian-identified college and university presidents met recently to organize a push for the homosexual agenda is drawing the ire of pro-family organizations.
Nine presidents of higher-education entities recently gathered in Chicago and decided to form a new organization called LGBTQ Presidents in Higher Education. The group agreed that a top priority should be "to push higher education to include issues of sexual orientation when talking about diversity."
Matt Barber, director of cultural affairs with Liberty Counsel, calls the meeting "bizarre," but he is not surprised by the strategy.
"This group of higher-ups within academia [is] going to be, from the top down throughout our universities around the country, pushing the political agenda of the radical homosexual activist left; we are going to see that from them," Barber warns.
But Candi Cushman, education analyst for CitizenLink, points out that most parents do not want university presidents pushing a radical agenda.
"I found it interesting that one of these presidents even said he views advocacy as the role of a college president. I don't think most parents would agree with that," she contends. "I think the role of a college president should be to promote the highest quality environment for academic learning and freedom."
The online journal Inside Higher Ed reports that 25 openly homosexual college presidents were invited to the meeting, and the plan is to meet again in a few months and perhaps at next year's gathering of the American Council on Education.
The college presidents attending the meeting in Chicago were: Theodora J. Kalikow (University of Maine at Farmington), Charles Middleton (Roosevelt University), Raymond Crossman (Adler School of Professional Psychology), Ralph Hexter (Hampshire College), Charlita Shelton (University of the Rockies), Karen Whitney (Clarion University), Neal King (Antioch University Los Angeles), Katherine Ragsdale (Episcopal Divinity School), and Les McCabel (Semester at Sea). The partners of some of these individuals also attended and held their own discussions.