Sunday, April 23, 2006

Free Speech (or lack thereof) on Campus

Tuesday's USA Today has a terrific piece by Nat Hentoff on the disturbing trend towards suppression of politically incorrect views in academia. He notes just one example of the Orwellian way in which the ideal of "diversity" has been used to make colleges and universities less diverse intellectually:

Karen Murdock is an adjunct professor of geography and earth science at Century College, a two-year community college in White Bear Lake, Minn.

She often posts news articles and blank comment sheets on a faculty bulletin board that she says she hopes students read and argue about — and thereby think beyond White Bear Lake into the world.

In February, she posted an array of the inflammatory cartoons of the prophet Mohammed that offended not only Muslim students but also college administrators. Murdock's exercise of free speech was eventually silenced, yet her cause echoes well beyond White Bear Lake.

Please read the rest:

'Free speech' cries ring hollow on college campuses and beyond


Anonymous Ed Merwin, Jr. said...

Liberals, and others far left of center, began their attack on opposing viewpoints in the "enlightened" 1960s. For example if you supported the Vietnam War effort, you were immeadiately called a faciest, or worse. Debate, as such, was not encouraged. This view has now crystalized in the speech codes of today. Let us hope, for the sake of an open marketplace of ideas in higher education, that the current codes are a passing fad.

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