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Re: “God and gays at Harding University

Gay people face similar hostility at Pepperdine, Baylor, Westboro Baptist Church, BYU, Wheaton, etc. All I can do is try to communicate:

Dear Mr. Benton, et al

I haven't gotten a response from Lou Cozolino. Is he OK? Is he on vacation or teaching abroad? He is a kind and thoughtful person and I'm sure that he would normally reply to a note, if for no other reason, to say "Hi."

jerry lewis


Dear Lou Cozolino,

I appreciate what I read in the Huffington Post regarding your opinion about sex and mental disorders. "Hypersexuality," or whatever you want to call too much of the wrong kind of sex behavior, of course pertains to gay or straight orientations.

As you must know, your school has seriously hurt the cause of monogamy and commitment through marriage for gay people, exacerbating the difficulties in adjustment for gay individuals. By sending lawyers to promote & defend prop 8 and to make hurtful propogandistic commercials wherein the gay person is out to "get" or recruit, or harm children, Pepperdine fuels suicides to this day by legitimizing all forms of hate & discrimination. And before you too give me the schpiel (I like to think it's a Yiddish word) that Pepperdine tried not to be involved in prop 8 & that legal threats ensued, remember that neither you or I have access to any such documentation, and really, I just think the story professors got to doll out were misleading and platitudinous (possibly a neologism there).

Haven't you been able to influence the brutish religious climate there regarding this one issue? Frankly, I'm dissapointed to learn that you still work there. In your class you had stated that you disagreed with the administration's legal prohibition against having a GSA on campus, and with all that's transpired, it pains me to know how you must continually compromise your values or psychically defend against the fact that you contribute to this continuous harming of gay folks, by your work frequently patholigizing sex or diversity.

In fact, long ago now, when I had suggested having a hug-in (not even a kiss-in or anything controversial or untoward) for just one gay couple on campus to your boss Mr. Benton, he flipped out and called me manic, which taken in context with your view today in the Huff Post, suggests that the administration there is contented with using your ideas about bipolar disorder to globally pigeonhole all gays. Calling people crazy willy-nillly, especially when it's done by people of authority seems to me to be the "sin" and can lead to havoc and destruction. When did it become OK to you to work for religious bullys?

When I worked at Catholic Charities my boss/supervisor, Dr. Beverly Frank, related to me how the administration at Pepperdine forced her to sign off for practicum credit even though the female student, whose parents had threatened to sue the school, had no, zero, client contact hours. To her credit, Dr. Frank vowed never to work there again. Your employer can sue me for revealing this now, but Tinnie Taylor, Ms. Weber, et. al. should know how lonely the courtroom witness stand is for those who prevaricate.

When I took your class you struck me as kind of gay; The impression I got was that you had had an intimate or homosexual relationship in the past, althhough you got married to a gal. My sexuality radar is failrly accurate--& if you've read @ gaydar in studies, the studies on radar show people are on average good at this--me, just invite me as the jugmental fellow on Jay Leno. Also, by the way you related your treatment with some neighhbor's kids in applying physical soothing (sorry the story gets short thrift here due to time constraints) and your declining to give grades for the students in your class, and your drawing a shopping cart to explain your dread of poverty, suggested to me that the issues that brought you to psychology had been a narcisstic tendency, along with stubborn boundary issues. I would go further now, having read a book of yours, and armed with your commitment to the physiology, that you're dramically committed to finding cures for cases that are talk therapy failures, particuarily when the failure is in your office. How'm I doing?

Dr. Barbara Ingram came to psychology to find out what the hell had happened to her. Due to childhood abuse, her uncle or father figure repeatedly threatening to burn her with a cigar, which terrified her, and the ugly treatment I think a lot of Jewish families give to girls in neglect and cruel jokes, led her to feel bad, and made her abusive. I've seen her fly into a momentary rage in practicum, apologizing one minute later, and I've seen how she hurt an male India student's feelings so bad with teasing during group, cruel jokes so hurtful that he left the psy program. She's got a serious sadistic streak, which, me being gay and all, means that I like men often like the Bette Davis, Joan Crawford, Golden girls of the world, and It was a grave sacrifice for me to lose her friendship because she wanted to defend Pepperduine's indefensible policies. Since I warned Weber and Ingram of the bullying of gay youth two years ago, at least 6 teens have died by suicide due to mistreatment of the type Pepperdine refuses to make any changes about.

I could go on, and on. While the humanity of teachers is vital in this process of training therapists, so too is the teaching environment and the humanity of the students--serious shortcomings exist in these areas there where you serve. I've gone to and worked at community colleges that were more rigorous and less nutty.

In the coming weeks and months Pepperdine as an institution will no doubt continue to try and discredit me & activists, in the main it seems by labeling me mentallly ill one way or another. I hope you find enough integrity to not partake, or to get used in this discriminatory and pursecutorial defense of the the school's administration, who for the most part are concerned more with survival, profit, and reputation than they are about doing right by others, and especially we lgbt people.

take care,
your student
jerry lewis

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Posted by jerald on 03/05/2011 at 5:55 PM


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