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THE RICE THRESHER OPINION FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 15,2002
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RESOLUTION from Page 2
and the article's author stand by
what was printed. This calls into
question his recruitment and reten-
tion policies, despite his overt reit-
erations of upholding the nondis-
Personally, I think that we made
the right decision in passing the
resolution. It was a statement to
Hatfield and to the Rice community
that discrimination of any kind has
no place here.
The present situation has high-
lighted a problem that still exists on
this campus regarding tolerance of
homosexuals. This resolution is not
the final statement on Hatfield or
campus homophobia, but merely a
starting point to a meaningful dia-
logue involving the entire univer-
sity. I stand by the resolution, both
its intentions and explicit aims. I
hope that more people will see its
benefits over time.
Student Association senator
To the editor:
I was appalled to read the hurtful
statements from head football coach
Ken Hatfield in The Chronicle of
Higher Education. I was disgusted
by the thought that my gay and les-
bian children could be excluded
from athletics if other coaches
thought like he does.
I was more depressed to learn
the coach claimed he had received
"tons of support" for his ignorance.
And 1 was even more disappointed
by the fact this should happen at an
institution such as Rice with a non-
discrimination policy that evidently
the coach felt free to ignore.
I greatly appreciate President
Malcolm Gillis' strong stand in op-
position to such prejudice and hope
that this issue is now clearly resolved
in favor of equal opportunity for all
members of this campus.
Religious beliefs should
stay in private realm
To the editor:
The recent controversy over head
football coach Ken Hatfield's re-
marks has brought religion into the
public academic sphere. In light of
this, the Department of Religious
Studies would like to issue a state-
ment reinforcing its existing posi-
tion with respect to religious beliefs
and their place in the classroom.
While the faculty respects the
right of any individuals to hold what-
ever religious beliefs they deem fit
in the private sector of their lives, it
enthusiastically endorses and up-
holds Rice University policy against
any form of discrimination in the
We as a faculty repudiate in the
strongest possible terms the intro-
duction of Hatfield's private religious
beliefs into the public sector in a
manner than conflicts with univer-
The Department of Religious
Studies exists in a secular institu-
tion that is unaffiliated with a semi-
nary or church and does not serve a
proselytizing function. It does not
uphold a particular set of religious
beliefs over another.
Ours is an unaffiliated depart-
ment committed to describing and
analyzing all forms of religion and
religious behavior. All perspectives
are entertained and subject to criti-
cal scrutiny. In no measure wili we
tolerate discrimination of any kind
in our classroom and strongly disap-
prove of such discrimination in the
context of Rice University activities.
The Faculty of the Department of
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Rustin, Rachel. The Rice Thresher, Vol. 90, No. 12, Ed. 1 Friday, November 15, 2002, newspaper, November 15, 2002; Houston, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth443073/m1/4/: accessed January 18, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Rice University Woodson Research Center.