A resident adviser at a Catholic college in Rhode Island needed to be escorted from his own dorm room for safety precautions earlier this month after he reportedly faced threats from his peers for posting a bulletin promoting the traditional Catholic teaching of marriage.
Senior Michael Smalanskas, who serves as a resident adviser at Providence College, did not realize the full extent of the backlash he would later face after he posted a bulletin highlighting the importance of marriage being a union between a man and a woman in his dorm building on March 1.
The Ocean State Current reports that Smalanskas’ bulletin included various cutouts that pounded home ideas such as “marriage should be reinforced, not redesigned,” and that traditional marriage is “the way God intended it.”
The bulletin also included a quote from Pope Francis that states: “We must reaffirm the right of children to grow up in a family with a father and a mother.” The bulletin also quoted Jesus from Mark 10:8: “and the two shall become one flesh.”
Although the bulletin’s promotion of biblical marriage falls in line with traditional Catholic teachings on the subject, other resident advisors (considered to be employees of the school) took offense to Smalanskas’ posting.
“After posting the board, I immediately became a target,” Smalanskas told the news arm of the Rhode Island Center for Freedom & Prosperity. “The board was vandalized, groups were congregating outside my room and I was being attacked on social media.”
Smalanskas told Life Site News that as soon as he posted the bulletin, he began receiving harassing text messages. He added that other resident advisors began keying into his building afterhours and destroyed the bulletin.
“I am an employee of the college, and these are other employees of the college behaving this way,” he explained.
As fellow resident advisors gathered outside his dorm room, Smalanskas explained that campus security became concerned for his safety. Although he had gone to bed, he was woken up 30 minutes later by a knock on his door by campus police who moved him across campus “as a precaution.”
Smalanskas explained that he was sent via “squad car” to another dorm on campus for the night.
“I couldn’t even go brush my teeth for several nights without facing a mob in my hallway,” Smalanskas explained.
In addition, Smalanskas said several of his co-workers and other students called for him to be fired as a resident adviser and petitioned the school’s president for a policy change to ensure that “this sort of thing will never happen again.”
“They’re really asking for a safe space from Catholicism here,” he said.
On March 14, Smalanskas was contacted by campus security and informed of a threatening cartoon that had been found in the bathroom of his dorm building.
The cartoon depicted Smalanskas getting raped by a man who says, “Mike, what did I say about putting your sign up?”
A spokesman for the college told The Christian Post that the school is investigating the matter but won’t provide further comment until its investigation has been completed.
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Source: Christian Post