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Education: Black Christian Conservative Thrown Out of Summer Program at Georgetown University for Refusing LGBTQ Tolerance Seminar

Published by: on Tuesday July 24th, 2012

One of the most wonderful news stories that I was so happy to hear over the last two years was that of Urban Prep Academy in Chicago. It is the only 100% African-American male charter high school in the entire country which has had a 100% college acceptance rate for its senior class. There has been no shortage of coverage, accolades and pride for these young men in the media and the community; in fact, here are some of the headlines:

"Another Perfect College Acceptance Year At Urban Prep" – Chicago Tribune

"Urban Prep Academy announces 100% four-year college acceptance rate" – Examiner.com

"Urban Prep: 100% of Graduates College-Bound For Second Straight Year" – Huffington Post

Big Things Poppin' at Urban Prep Academy: 100% of Their Men Heading to College - YourBlackWorld.net

One of the seniors to graduate this year was Jarrett Roby, who was the student body president, graduated with honors, and was accepted to Georgetown University on a full scholarship.

Governor Pat Quinn (D) of Illinois even tweeted his excitement for Jarrett's acceptance into his Alma Mater, and rightfully so:

[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9GdL0FSMCI8]

The 18-year-old is considering a major in Biology so as to be a “competitive applicant” when he applies to medical school.

“My short term goal is to become an emergency room physician or general surgeon. My long term career goal is a leadership position in the United States government.”

He was also selected to participate in the Georgetown University Community Scholars program, which, according to their website, is not only “The Soul of Georgetown” but also:

“Provides Georgetown students with the unique opportunity to thrive. Scholars are carefully selected during the admissions process based on their academic achievement, impressive co-curricular accomplishments, and commitment to the transformative power of education. They typically represent diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds, and are often first generation college students.”

But last night, fellow conservative blogger and radio host Kira Davis of CDN network's show “The Dark Side” and I received some disturbing news that Jarrett Roby was given the boot from this program because of his refusal to attend a workshop on “tolerance” of the LGBT community and “people who are different”. To be clear, he was suspended from the Community Scholars summer enrichment program – not Georgetown University.

One source at Georgetown stated that:

“It was brought to our attention that the program was requiring us to attend a workshop that essentially pushed for LGBTQ Rights and “tolerance” for people who are different than we are. I did not feel comfortable attending such a workshop, so I spoke to the Resident Director and the Assistant Program Coordinator. They both told me that I had to attend and that if I did not attend I would be subject to disciplinary action… because they threatened us with disciplinary action, many just went along.

An individual who also felt the same as I did decided not to attend and he was expelled and suspended from the program. They even had the Georgetown Police (Department of Public Safety) escort him out. He refused to attend the workshop from the beginning, and we both felt uncomfortable but they refused to respect our ideas. I just went along with the flow, but I was uncomfortable. The other student was expelled from the program because of his religious and political beliefs.”

Kira took the liberty of uploading this exclusive video which exposes a small portion of this “tolerance” workshop. Here it is:

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=poARgCC9NjY]

Jarrett Roby refused to attend a class on “tolerance” of the LGBTQ community rights and “those different than we are” which is ironic because he was shown zero tolerance for his faith. What is even more shocking is that this would occur on the campus of Georgetown University - the oldest Jesuit and Catholic university in the country. So what is next – will an atheist be forced to take a workshop on theology or “religious tolerance”? Will a vegetarian be required to eat meat or take a class on butchering a pig?

I had the pleasure of communicating with Jarrett via social media and confirmed this story and he explained how this situation unfolded. Here is what he shared in his own words:

Me: “How are you Jarrett? I heard about your dismissal from the summer program at GU because of the "Gay tolerance" class and as a Christian & Conservative it makes me VERY upset that they would trample all over your beliefs & force you to take a class.Can you tell me what happened? What made you decide to stand your ground rather than just taking the class in order to stay in the program.”

JR: “Hello. Thank you for contacting me. I am doing well. I'm just greatly saddened about the situation. Officially, the program directors will say I was dismissed from the program because I left 3 of the RA's {Resident Advisers} feeling physically threatened. However, I never mentioned anything remotely violent or did anything violent. Also I am confident that all of my peers would support the fact that I have never showed an ounce of violence and any such claims are flawed. The directors of the program who dismissed me said that their reasoning may not be fair, but they were not going to ask for a general consensus of me.

Considering this, I believe I was asked to leave the program because I took a conservative stand against a liberal ideology and liberal group of people who are in charge of the program. Every scholar… signed up for the LGBTQ seminar for Monday (July 23). My friend, _____________, and I decided this was a seminar we would not attend. I am a devout Christian so I have no animosity in my heart toward any man whether he is gay or straight. I am required to love all people and I try my best to do so. I have no problems with homosexuals because it is the natural and God given right to be with whom they want to be with (Freewill). I do not support Gay rights, but as a supporter of the US constitution I do tolerate them.

Because I have an established view point on LGBTQ I did not think it was necessary for me to go to the seminar. I approached a RA privately with my appeal on Sunday and it was automatically shut down and I was told I could expect to be written up if I did not go to the seminar. I held my peace and persisted with the idea of not going. Later that night other students got wind that (we) were not planning on going to the seminar. We were automatically attacked and deemed "closed-minded" and "ignorant." In the mist of this rising confrontation, I began to speak up to try and explain to other scholars how I was not trying to be intolerant. During this discussion the same three RAs that decided that they felt physically threaten tried to stop the conversation and send everyone to their rooms before the established curfew.

I once again spoke up in protest of the early curfew and with an appeal that everyone would calm down and back off. As the intensity died down it was clear that the RAs had personal biases toward LGBTQ and were against anyone who spoke against it. I heard the RAs say negative things about me but I didn't respond because once everything died down it was curfew and I did not want to turn a political debate into an emotional onslaught.

The next day I was called in by the program directors and told my actions during the informal debate had reassured the RAs feeling of being threatened. I was told that there had been a meeting with the RA's and it was decided that I could not stay because 3 RAs were scared for the safety. I believe a true injustice was done to me. I am not looking for revenge, but I am trying to help stop injustice.”

The interesting thing is that on the website description of the program, there is no information regarding this workshop. However, Jarrett says he learned of this workshop when he arrived on campus for the program as it was in his itinerary:

Me: Did you express your concern about attending to anyone early on?

JR: No, I did not express my concern about attending early on. I felt like the problem would best be solved near the date and I thought I'd easily be excused from this workshop if I expressed concern based on my religious faith.

Me: Did they tell you you'd be disciplined or possibly kicked out for not attending this workshop early on at the start of the program or was that included in your written itinerary?

JR: They told us that we could receive disciplinary action of we missed some on the itinerary. But I definitely thought I could make an appeal for the LGBTQ seminar because of personal views if I didn't attend.

Me: Did they give you a reason why you needed this workshop or explain why it was required? After all, Georgetown is a Catholic university.

JR: No, not at all.

Me: How has this affected your excitement about attending GU in the Fall? Do you think the CS program represents Georgetown's core values? After all it's a religious based university.

JR: I Think Georgetown is a great school. I think the CS program is a good program just misguided and biased in some of their approaches. I'm still looking forward to attending GU in the fall and I trust that it will be a good experience.

Unfortunately Jarrett Roby’s story is one that has become all too common. Our society's efforts to secure rights and tolerance for the LGBTQ community have begun trampling the rights of those who do not support such lifestyles based on their religion. It’s hard to imagine that a prominent Catholic University, a young black Christian Conservative is thrown out of a summer program for minority scholars because of his refusal to be subjected to teachings contrary to his religious faith. Shame on the CMEA and Georgetown University! Newsflash: CMEA and Georgetown University: Jarrett, myself and millions of other Christians are already as tolerant as we need to be by extending the love of Christ to anyone regardless of their age, sexual orientation, race, gender, or a host of other categories.