Tuesday, July 10, 2018

I'm More Interested in His Views on the Wave-Particle Duality

Students criticize hiring of theoretical physicist because he defends monogamy
Aron Wall was not a fan of the 2015 Supreme Court decision that took marriage policy away from the states and federalized same-sex marriage.

The postdoctoral researcher at the University of California-Santa Barbara, who studies “quantum gravity and black hole thermodynamics,” wrote a lengthy blog post three years ago on “the implications of gay marriage for the culture” in light of the ruling.

Citing both his Christian beliefs and the history of homosexual relations across cultures, Wall questioned whether American gay couples would adopt “the norms and practices of heterosexual married couples” in light of research that half of such couples are not monogamous with each other.

His main argument was the value of monogamy:
Like anyone else, what gay people need is to turn to Christ and learn to live in freedom from the harmful fleshly desires which are indeed part of the human condition for everyone. But if they cannot accept this, it is far better that they should live in a committed exclusive relationship, than that they should live the notoriously promiscuous, reckless, and obscene lifestyle characteristic of the cultural venues of the gay community. (Note: I do not identify all gay individuals or couples as being members of this “gay community”; those are different things.)
Without even linking his blog post, The Cambridge News reduced Wall’s thoughtful and nuanced argument to his “promiscuous, reckless and obscene” line and implied it referred to all gay people and couples. It called his views “homophobic.”

Now that the researcher (left) has been hired by Cambridge University’s math department, student activists are claiming the presence of a Christian with typical beliefs on sexuality threatens them.

Wall might not make it to his start date in January, given this rhetoric that his views violate the university’s diversity and inclusion statement.
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Another CUSU officer said that because graduate students’ relationships with their supervisors are “very close,” students may have trouble interacting with someone whose views are “very homophobic”:
The Student Union’s LGBT+ campaign said they were working to ‘gain assurance’ from the maths department they would ensure there are safe spaces for LGBT+ students, and there were plans in place to deal with any discrimination.
Heaven forfend that any Cambridge students, gay or straight, be confronted with the fact that not everybody agrees with them on the subject of gay marriage.

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