Thursday, April 20, 2006

Tolerance, Free Speech, and the University

I had not been a student at one of our state's large public universities for more than a couple of weeks before I butted up against the liberal orthodoxy. I was unprepared for it and had a lot of difficulty during the two years that I spent at that university because of the pervasive liberalism.

There are two stories in the media right now that each show the lack of tolerance for certain opinions in our nation's universities. (Just ask Lawrence Summers!) The first story (HT: Balaam's Ass) is out of northern Kentucky, not one of the places that I usually think of as a bastion of liberalism. A professor encouraged her students to exercise their freedom of speech by destroying a pro-life display on the campus. She also took part in the destruction. This isn't surprising; but it is very illustrative of the double standard many liberals hold about free speech and tolerance.

The second story is from a regional campus of Ohio State University. A librarian who was part of a group choosing books for incoming freshman was charged with sexual harassment for recommending several conservative books, including The Marketing of Evil. Never mind that the other professors had suggested books written by liberals including Jimmy Carter, intellectual freedom and the discussion of ideas apparently doesn't stretch to conservative ideas.


3 comments:

Des_Moines_Girl said...

I read about the professor who destroyed the pro life display. Their logic is so twisted...

"I'm going to exercise my freedom of speech by taking away your right to freedom of speech."

Huh?!?!? I just don't get it...

Favorite Apron said...

Amazing. That's the campus our kids will likely attend - just 15 minutes away.

Meg L. said...

I have to say that I have problems with you describing Jimmy Carter as a liberal. Have you ever really looked at his views of a woman's place? We went to his Presidental library in Atlanta, and my mil and I were just floored (and she's not the most liberal of people.)