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High School to Students: Masturbation and Lack of Masculinity Make You Gay

Administrators at Charlotte Catholic High School have spent the week apologizing to parents after a speaker at a school assembly made some outrageous statements about homosexuality.

According to a student who attended the assembly featuring Sister Jane Dominic Laurel, an assistant professor of theology at Aquinas College, “The statement she basically made was that homosexuality was something developed from lack of masculinity or a lack of father figures in one life.”

A Charlotte Diocese spokesperson told media that the nun “presented some ideas to the students that really kind of rocked their world. These had to do with the origin of homosexuality. This is something that is hotly debated.”

Students and alumni have come together to condemn the woman’s statements, writing a letter saying “Using outdated or false statistics to tell children and young adults that their LGBTQ friends, family members, and colleagues are the result of their parents’ missteps is damaging. Suggesting that LGBTQ members of the very audience you were addressing owe their sexual identities to pornography and masturbation is abhorrent. Presenting these false ideas to high school students not only advocates discrimination of LGBTQ students, but also tells those individuals that they are damaged or incomplete.”

The President of Aquinas College has issued a statement justifying the lecture, saying Laurel’s speech “was given with the intention of showing that human sexuality is a great gift to be treasured and that this gift is given by God.”

As a result of the incident, the Charlotte Diocese has asked her not to participate in this year’s annual youth conference. A spokesperson for the Diocese said “They felt like this just wasn’t a good time for the sister to speak again in the diocese.”

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