Words, words, words
Yesterday, I gave my English colloquium presentation. As sexuality and faith was a major topic in my portfolio, that's what I presented on. The English faculty asked me some interesting questions, such as if I could write an epistle to St. Paul (supposed author of the NT clobber verses), what would I write? I was feeling quite confident, and am overall happy with my performance.
I received feedback today from my advisor. A couple professors apparently disliked my use of the terms "homophobia" and "heterocentrism." They called it equivocation. I looked up that big, fancy term, and here's what I got. Equivocation is the using of misleading and emotionally charged terms or words.
Are words like "homophobia" etc. emotionally charged? You bet! Misleading? I say, if the shoe fits, wear it. I suspect a few Christian faculty members want to have their cake and eat it too... they want to be able to say that we are living in sin and are going to burn, but not want to be considered bigots. If someone discriminates against women, that's sexism. If a straight person discriminates against gays, that's homophobia... Is it really so difficult to grasp?
Am I missing something here? What do you think?
"And though I may not know the answers, I can finally say I am free. And if the questions led me here, then I am who I was born to be." --Susan Boyle
"If all fools could fly, the sun would be eclipsed forever." --Dutch proverb