Let’s spend a little time talking about some real-life happenings on American college campuses. All of the following stories happened this year, and are documented at www.tonguetied.us. Let me take a moment to plug Tongue Tied as a great site for, in its own words, “carping about the excesses of clueless crybabies since the turn of the century.”

Christians Need not Apply

A Christian student group at Rutgers University in New Jersey has been banned from campus and stripped of its funding because it selected leaders based on their adherence to the Christian faith, reports the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education.

The Rutgers chapter of the InterVarsity Multi-Ethnic Christian Fellowship was informed by Director of Student Involvement Lawanda D. Irving that it was being “derecognized” for its impermissible discrimination.

The group, as part of its leadership selection process, uses its ‘Basis of Faith’ as one of the criterion for selecting leaders. “Only those persons committed to the Basis of Faith and the Purpose of this organization are eligible for leadership positions,” the group’s bylaws say. [1]

Liberals are very tolerant of any religion, as long as it is not some form of Christianity. The ACLU will spend huge sums of money and time to fight to keep Christianity out of schools based on the misinterpretation of “separation of Church and State,” but liberals have no objections to California schools spending several weeks studying the Muslim faith.

My Free Speech is More Important than Your Free Speech

The same officials at the University of Houston who quashed an anti-abortion rally on campus last year welcomed a gay rights rally because it was a ‘university sponsored’ event while the former was a “student-sponsored” event, reports the Houston Chronicle.

Administrators likened the gay rights rally to a cheerleading or band practice and therefore permissible outside designated free speech zones, while the anti-abortion rally was student-sponsored and allowed only within the confines of the zones.

Benjamin Bull, a lawyer who represented the UH student organization that fought the university over the anti-abortion rally, called the latest decision a classic example of political correctness on campus.

“The university is almost Stalinistic in permitting government-favored speech, while banning government disfavored and politically incorrect speech,” he said. [2]

This is a great example of how school administrators use their power to promote their favorite expressions of speech, while doing whatever they can to repress others. And here is another example of liberals wanting to restrict the right of free speech against those with whom they disagree.

A Latino group at Glendale Community College in Arizona wants the administration to forbid a professor there from ever expressing his opinions on university web pages because he sent out an email saying the Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlan, or MEChA, is racist, reports the Arizona Republic.

MEChA also wants Walter Kehowski to apologize publicly for stating in an email that the group fosters racism by praising racial separatism. He was alluding to a recent Dia de la Raza event on campus.

“We believe in the First Amendment . . . in this case, the e-mails and Web page are clearly against the district mission of diversity and has disrupted our campus with the hostility that it promotes,” the group said in a letter to the Maricopa County Community College District. [3]

“And if thy right eye offend thee…”

Liberals are so very concerned about offending others. This can be taken to ludicrous extremes. Diane Ravitch’s book The Language Police shows this desire not to offend reflected in the way schoolbooks and tests have been rewritten. Here are six examples taken just from the first chapter.

An inspirational story of a blind man who climbed Mt. Everest was rejected by a bias review committee because it implies that blind people have a disability and are somehow limited by that disability.

A story from an anthology edited by William Bennett was rejected simply because the politics of the editor might distress fourth-graders.

A biography of the man who designed Mt. Rushmore was rejected because mention of the monument in the Black Hills of South Dakota might offend Native Americans.

An essay about the plethora of life in a rotting stump in a forest was rejected because it compared the stump to an apartment building and that might make people who live in apartments or public housing feel bad.

A story about a dolphin that guides ships through a treacherous channel was rejected because it shows bias toward people who live by the sea. Those who don’t live by the sea might be at a disadvantage, you see.

A passage about owls was rejected because owls are considered taboo by Navajos. A publisher decreed that owls should disappear from all texts and tests, so American schoolkids are now unlikely to ever read about them. [4]

But schoolbook contents are not the only place where people may be offended. An ad (http://campustruth.org/content/left_main.html) produced by a pro-Israel group shows the difference between the reactions of Israelis and Palestinians on the news of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11th.

Mohammed Esam, president of the Islamic Society of Stanford University, said the ads were offensive and racist. “They’re trying to demonize a whole population,” he said. [5]

Never mind that the Palestinian people demonized themselves by publicly rejoicing at the news of the terrorists’ actions.

Yet another “offensive” action is the growing number of “Affirmative Action Bake Sales” taking place on many college campuses. During these sales, white males are charged more than white females, and blacks and other minorities benefit from even lower prices. These sales are being staged as a demonstration (and an effective one, I might add) of how affirmative action policies are blatantly unfair. Schools like Southern Methodist University, Northwestern University, Indiana University, University of California-Berkeley, University of Texas, Texas A&M University, and the University of Washington-Seattle, among others, have hosted these bake sales. Almost universally, they are quickly shut down by college administrators. Damon Sims of Indiana University has the right idea.

“It is a freedom-of-speech issue. I know some schools have approached these events differently, but prior restraint is not something we would normally engage in,” said Damon Sims, associate dean of students. “This is one of the more significant social and political issues of our time. . . . It is exactly the kind of dialogue that should be encouraged on college campuses.” [6]

Diversity Uber Alles

A survey of political diversity at Ithaca College in New York found that of 125 professors who registered to vote at the college 93.6 percent did so as Democrats or Greens, reports the Ithacan.

According to the study, sponsored by student Republicans and the local Republican Party, only eight of the 125 professors on campus who registered with a political affiliation in the county describe themselves as Republican or Conservative.

Asma Barlas, an associate professor of politics, says she is a firm believer in diversity, but not the sort of diversity the Republicans have in mind.

“I do believe Ithaca College can do a better job of diversifying its faculty, most of whom are white males,” she said. “Not having a Republican on our faculty is not the only yardstick by which we can measure diversity.” [7]

No, Ms. Barlas, but it certainly is not the yardstick you care to use. But Ithaca College is not alone in its leftist leanings, so it is unsurprising that college campuses across the United States tend to be heavily liberal and Democrat.

Next time you get ready to write the check for your child’s college tuition, ask yourself if the money is going to a school that teaches your beliefs, or is stuck in the liberal rut of political correctness.

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