Censorship and Why Opinion Pieces Are “Newsworthy”: OPINION

By Caroline Gilmore ~ Marketing Manager

A couple of weeks ago, The Critograph’s Instagram posted a photo reminding readers to check out the latest issue which contained a segment in it entitled “Faith’s Faith: David’s Trust and the Afterlife,” written by Faith Mccray, Copy Desk Chief.

The post was met with mixed responses, from people supporting the column to those condemning it.

One commenter wrote “The irony of this being right after your post about pride (joy emoji),” which prompted alumni Peter Lynch to ask “This is journalism?”.

The harsh reactions to this post were confusing for a multitude of reasons. 

First, the Psalm in question, Psalm 16, has nothing to do with pride, LGBTQ+ relationships, or anything remotely related to those values.

Rather, Psalm 16 talks about David’s relationship with God and how he has learned to trust in him and rejoice in his salvation and protection even when things seem like they will never improve.

If anything, this Psalm could be applied to the struggles that many LGBTQ+ people face, of feeling disconnected from their families, or even society as a whole, but still having hope that things will get better, the same way that David trusted in God.

The idea that LGBTQ+ pride and religion do not belong together is a false argument built on the belief that the two communities do not intermingle, however it would be over-generalizing and stereotyping to assume that all LGBTQ+ people are not religious, or that all religious people do not support the LGBTQ+ community.

Believing either of those assumptions creates more division among a community that is already so marginalized and can only continue cycles of harm.

Second, this segment, where Mccray writes an exegesis on a piece of scripture, has been published in The Critograph four times before.

However, this is the first time that The Critograph’s Instagram account has ever posted about the segment.

The only conclusion that can be made is that the added publicity for the article also drew more scrutiny.

Third, The Critograph has published articles about the Wiccan religion, opinion articles, poetry, horoscopes and other topics that are not traditionally considered “newsworthy” or “journalism”, but we still believe are valued perspectives and artistic contributions of our campus community.

Fourth, Lynch asked if there was interest in Christian-based content on campus.

The University of Lynchburg is associated with the Christian church. There are several religious groups on campus, including CRU Ministry, which seeks to involve college students in Christianity. There are also organizations representing other religions, including the Hinduism club and the Buddhist society.

The Critograph allows for the publication of religious texts from any group or author on campus, regardless of their religion. Simply put, if anyone wants to write articles on texts of other faiths, they are more than welcome to do so and submit at critograph@lynchburg.edu.

Lastly, I would like to remind the Critograph’s readers that we do welcome your criticism. In fact, we would like you to write to us if you ever have an issue with the content published. 

We welcome you to write a letter to our Editor-in-Chief, Alyssa Wilson, and we will publish it in the next edition of the Critograph, with her reply.

Thank you for supporting our collective Hornet voice.

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