Twin sisters entering UCLA’s freshman class ran afoul of campus administrators because they objected to being forced to take part in sex harassment sessions that included “graphic” sexual language and lessons in putting on a condom.
They were also reprimanded for trying to distribute literature promoting abstinence from sex before marriage, with one counselor saying “that’s not the message we wish to be advocating.”
Conservative Catholics Angelica and Bella Ayela told National Review Online’s Alec Torres that the campus orientation session contradicted their beliefs because it advocated premarital sex and contraception use. (Besides putting on a condom, topics included “how to ask someone to have sex without ruining the mood.”)
After Angelica complained to school administrators, she was told she could step out of the room while material she objected to was discussed. During a separate orientation session, Bella wore headphones for the parts she considered objectionable.
But the girls wanted to be more active, and that’s where the abstinence literature came in.
“My counselor knew I had passed out the pamphlets and told me it was not allowed to pass out brochures at private events without asking the dean’s office,” Bella told NRO.
More telling, though, was the assumption the woman made.
“My counselor also told me that she understood that I had ‘religious beliefs’ but that ‘if someone came to you for help you shouldn’t tell them what they were doing wasn’t right and turn them away,’” Bella said.
So the counselor assumed that because Bella’s religious beliefs didn’t condone some behavior by others, she was automatically primed to treat them with hostility.
That’s probably because liberal campuses have spent generations building a campus atmosphere where dissident thought is treated as grounds for hostility by the same people who pretend to be champions of tolerance.
It’s still unclear whether the Ayelas’ full participation in the sessions will be required for their academic records, but they’ve contacted the Life Legal Defense Fund to make sure their rights aren’t trampled.
But they have bigger issues in mind.
“Our main objective now is to get UCLA to make changes to orientation,” Bella said. “UCLA is not being clear on what is mandatory, and we want students to be tolerated if they have religious or moral objections.”
More and more of these kinds of stories crop up with the beginning of every academic year and they’re almost always on campuses that trumpet “diversity” of all kinds, except for the only diversity that’s worth a damn – diversity of thought.