I am not the most political or opinionated person, but when Aggies start disowning other Aggies, I get a little intolerant. I’ve talked about how we’re all one big happy family before and I would like to think that still holds true.
I did have my doubts on Thursday when I woke up to status after status on my newsfeed about students being “embarrassed” or “ashamed” to call themselves Aggies. My first thought was, “shame on you for saying that.”
These comments were a result of the recent student bill passed by the student senate called “The Religious Funding Exemption Bill." This is an amendment to an already active policy which will allow students to opt out of paying a fee that benefits the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Resource Center (GLBT Center). As you may have already known, the bill passed with a 35-28 vote, but this is not the final step. John Claybrook, the student body president, still has the opportunity to veto the bill.
I am not near educated enough to have a valid opinion on either side, but I will state my opinion on people’s reactions. There are two sides to every story. In this case, the people who see the GLBT Center as a place for guidance are extremely upset and angry that this is even an option, but there are also strong Catholics who were raised against these views and may feel that their moral obligations are being tested.
Both of these types of people go to Texas A&M. In order to have a strong family, we cannot stand on one side of the fence screaming at the other side saying that they’re wrong. Texas A&M has quality students no matter what their views are. No matter if you are gay or Catholic, there is one name you share and that’s Aggie.
Isn’t that enough to refrain from calling others out on Facebook or bashing your fellow students publicly? I believe the students who created this bill knew that it would stir the social pot on campus but it is unfair to say you’re ashamed of them. Everyday students at this university strive to make a difference in the world, so let them. If you don’t agree, don’t rain on their parade. It is impossible to make everyone happy, especially with a topic like this.
In conclusion, I don’t have the answer to how this situation should be handled on a political standpoint, but I do recommend what you say to your fellow Aggies. The comments I have seen have me shaking my head. “We are the Aggies. The Aggies are we. TRUE to EACH OTHER as Aggies can be.” Be proud you go to this amazing university and are surrounded with phenomenal students who are making differences. So before, you post a hateful comment or send a rude email, think about your Aggie family. How would you respond if your brother or sister was on the other side of the fence? Because all in all, it is your family you’re fighting with.