OP-ED: NAMBLA Now

Monday, January 27, 2003
By Ted Eggner

Four years ago I had to endure the difficult task of selecting a college that would mold me for the rest of my life, both emotionally and spiritually.  I chose Georgetown because of its strong academic reputation, Jesuit philosophy, student diversity, and general tolerance to new ideas.

However, on the brink of graduation, I cannot help but feel cheated by the very institution I have called home for the past few years.  For Georgetown University has refused to accept and promote an organization that I hold close to my heart:  NAMBLA.

For those ignorant few out there, NAMBLA stands for the North American Man Boy Love Association. It is an organization that has supported me throughout my four years on the Hilltop, yet the University has repeatedly refused to officially support and/or condone NAMBLA.

When I chose to come to Georgetown, I was under the impression that the University community would support me in whatever endeavor I chose. However, I have found nothing but hostility and ridicule at every turn.

The most discouraging part about this disappointing situation is that Georgetown is a Catholic University. How can Georgetown claim that it follows Jesus’ teachings of love, acceptance, and forgiveness, yet refuse to accept who I am and what I care about? Until that question is answered, I will remain utterly disgusted with the Georgetown University community for refusing accept me – which means accepting NAMBLA.