When the Fordham College Republicans announced in early November they had invited conservative pundit Ann Coulter to speak at one of their club´s events on campus, University President Joseph McShane publicly pressured the club to rescind its invitiaton. Ted Conrad, a junior at Fordham and President of the Fordham College Republicans, announced Saturday that the club had rescinded the invitation to Ms. Coulter. The previous day, on Friday (two days after the initial invitation was announced), McShane sent out this bone-chilling campus wide email
The most shocking aspect of this action is that it doesn´t shock me at all. I have been inured to this Fascist Groupthink that passes for the sifting and winnowing of knowledge on our nation´s campuses.
Demonstrating once more that the most dangerous enemies of freedom of expression in America are our universities. It is clear from articles like this that administrators, who are supposed to be grown up and to know better have lost the very concept of the free marketplace of ideas. They simply do not understand the idea itself. And the pernicious practice of attributing significance to the opinions and demands of students continues to wreak havoc on what remains of institutions of higher learning. Somehow the notion has become accepted that students, who are basically still children, have the wisdom and knowledge to pronounce on complicated and contentious matters - that they have, in effect, come to university not to learn but to teach. This is irrational. It is nothing short of insane. And we have only to look around us and in the direction of the Oval Office to behold the inevitable consequences of such an absurd fantasy.
at this point, I don´t know why Ann or any other Conservative keeps trying. Obamacare is the law of the land and that means we are finished as a free country...just do the best you can to survive this nightmare....stay healthy.
So much for the formerly liberal idea of hearing both sides of an issue. Ms Coulter, should you actually read her work or listen to her, engages in hyperbole for the sake of emphasis. Her speech is not hateful or demeaning. She does, however, with great verve, debunk the great sacred cows of our time, such as the evil of the late Sen. Joseph McCarthy. McCarthy was right, but the evidence only came to light 40 years late. The Society of Jesus has apparently abandoned its principles. It has adopted, instead, the principle of unreservedly supporting the religion of Statism. Forget Jesus, the Jesuits now support Obama. He is their savior now. To ban the free expression of ideas is the death of a free society.
As I see it the problem with universities is that their administrations are now populated with the same people (and types of people) who protested the same universities in the ´60s. They were indoctrinated by communist rabble-rousers and demanded the Establishment to hear their voices.
Now that their fellow travelers have taken over higher education, they demand adherence to speech codes and work feverishly to deny certain students (ie organized groups of conservatives or Republicans) their rights to be heard.
So basically they continue to fight for free speech, as long as it´s speech they agree with.
#20 me too. They behaved like Boehner´s-in-training. If the club hadn´t the nerve to even argue the point that THIS school had the vicious Chris Matthews as the commencement speaker in 2006 - then I hardly know what to say.
Don´t worry...the "Good Germans" in our braindead liberal intelligentsia in academia will appoint and approve a "good public speaker", an eminence grise like Sandra Fluke or Van Jones or Bill Maher. Only an atheist liberal who believes in abortion on demand, the legalization of drugs, and who kowtows to the Pelosi/Reid/Obama/Fluke welfare state need apply for admission to teach university students.
As one who used to teach as a professor at a Jesuit school (Rockhurst University in Kansas City), I can attest first-hand that the Jesuit schools are part of the enemy in terms of the culture war. If you step foot on a Jesuit campus, you will notice that the things missing are Christian love, the true message of Christ, and Christian values. What you will find is political correctness, liberalism run amuck, "Tunnels of Oppression" (and other related nonsense), and a heathen value system where binge drinking, frat/sorority drunk-fests, and druge usage are the prevailing values.
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