Sexual by Design: Not a Lecture for the Weak-Hearted


This title ran the newspapers all around Bloomington.

Doug Wilson, an Evangelical Pastor from Idaho, came and spoke right here at IU on Friday the 13th.  He spoke in Ballantine Hall, room 013, and if any student has been in there, it's HUGE.  The lecture hall was filled.  And by filled, I mean filled; all the seats and the back were completely packed wall-to-wall with a copious amount of different people.  In the front (approx. 3 rows) were supporters of Wilson, wearing nice shirts and khakis (respectably), and the rest of the rows (approx. 14) were people dressed in bright colors with dyed hair and protesting signs.  Yep, you guessed it.  About 3/4 of the people who came to listen to Doug Wilson talk were part of the GLBTQ community.

For any of you who don't know who Doug Wilson is, I'll clue you in a little on his views of the world.  He is a "conservative reformed and evangelical theologian, pastor" (Wikipedia) who graduated from the University of Idaho with a B.A. in Classical Studies and a B.A. and M.A. in Philosophy.  He is now a pastor of Christ Church in Moscow, Idaho and married to Nancy Wilson with three kids and fifteen grandchildren.  He has published many books, one of them namely, "Why Christianity is Good For the World."  His stances on the most popular topics are: against gay marriage, women should be subservient to men, and slavery made the United States a more coherent and peaceful place.  

"You become what you worship."

A direct quote from Mr. Doug Wilson in the first part of his speech about creation sexuality.  This part of his speech was inclusive to how God created the world in His image and how heterosexuality is the only way to please him because he created only Adam and Eve, and only both of them together would create tranquility and acceptance to Him.  During the speech, there were a lot of people who came to bash what he was saying, specifically the GLBTQ community.  

There were a lot of angry people leaving, swear words, interruptions, and chants.  Now, I came to support the GLBTQ community because I am for gay marriage 110%, but I went to listen to Doug Wilson speak because I thought it would be interesting.  I didn't go to bash him in the middle of his talk, even though I don't support anything he was talking about, because I think that's just disrespectful.  I do understand why the protesters were so upset with Wilson, but in order for someone else to listen to you, you need to listen to them back.  In the middle of his speech, people would yell at him, telling him this is "hate speech" not "free speech".  EVERYTHING is free speech, so let him say what he wants to say just like you want to be able to say what you're saying.  

I like listening to someone who I agree with talk just as much as anyone else, but this is 'Murica: the home of the free where everyone is allowed to say what they want, even if their words do preach discrimination against a huge amount of the population.

"Love one another.  As I have loved you..." - John 13:34 NIV did a good thing bringing Doug Wilson here.  Memorable speakers don't come just for one group of people to tell them what they already know and so that everyone agrees with him and it's all happy-go-lucky.  The memorable speakers are ones that come and are controversial.  Wilson made an impact in Bloomington, on both sides, whether you like him or not.  

I'm not asking for every other anti-gay, pro-slavery Caucasian male to come and speak to a liberal campus, but all I'm asking is for everyone to respect everyone else.  Respect gays, conservatives, transvestites, pregnant teenagers... all of them.  Love shouldn't discriminate.

About The Author
Maya FerrarioClass of 2015, Telecommunications and Theatre and Drama Major