Saturday, February 16, 2008

It's A Sad Commentary On Higher Education

When a gay-porn actor has to point out their own intolerance and bigotry to the students at an elite university like Stanford.

My criticism was always addressed towards the religion and ideology of Islam. So I would like to ask Stanford students not to exploit the word ‘racism’ at their own convenience. It’s shocking to me that some students do not know what that term means but handle it with such wanton impudence. Maybe such a hole in the education should be brought to the attention of the teaching faculty of your university.

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I do very well realize where this reaction is coming from. Stanford is a liberal university, and I very much hope that the good word “liberalism” is not degraded in your institution as it has been degraded by the likes of Michael Moore, Rosie O’Donnell, Ward Churchill, Noam Chomsky and many others. I hope the word “liberal” in the mind of Stanford students still means “progressive” and “broad-minded.” The left symbolizes progress. At least, it has done so in the past. It has always stood for women’s rights, for gay rights, for the rights of African-Americans. The reaction which I see today at Stanford demonstrates to me that there are changes in the left and that these changes are for the worst. What I read today in The Stanford Daily is nothing more than intellectual terrorism. A dogmatism that I can only compare to one of religion. (If-you-don’t-think-what-I-think,-you-are-an-idiot-and-a-delinquent.) It’s difficult for me to understand how the progressive left can defend the most backwards and reactionary ideology on earth, the ideology of Islam.


I've noticed this more and more at campuses. There can be no debate on a subject just protests and accusations and if the protesters get their way the denial of a platform to the speaker. It seems the protesters mainly come from the left side of the political spectrum but I am sure that students on the right do it too.

Personally I am a pretty opinionated guy but I don't see any reason to deny other people their opinions except fear. You have to have absolutely no confidence in your belief to think they can't withstand a challenge, which makes me wonder if that isn't the reason the left is so quick to protest.

(for real fun read the comments)

h/t instapundit

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