Published: Sunday, Dec. 2 2012 12:00 a.m. MST
Don't fret too much, George. All the kids who are attending such crazy
liberal institutions of higher learning will soon graduate and (hopefully) find
jobs in corporate America, where they will be told what to think and where
freedom of speech will not be among their rights.
I await Mr. Will's similar exegesis of conduct and speech codes at
conservative universities. Ever hear a lecturer in favor of evolution,
feminism, or gay rights at Liberty University?
To "Lagomorph" I have heard of Harry Reid giving a speech at BYU. I
guess this shows that conservative universities are more openminded than
liberal. It also shows that you, like so many others of your ilk, know little
to nothing of conservatives.
RedShirt: One data point does not make a trend. Besides, 1) Reid is LDS and
thus has a natural audience at BYU, 2) BYU is conservative culturally, but not
academically, compared to schools like Liberty (e.g. BYU teaches evolution), and
3) though a Democrat, Reid is not that liberal compared to the full spectrum of
American politics. You cite a single centrist speaker at a centrist school.
Not a compelling case.I saw Phyllis Schlaffly speak at my
"liberal" university campus. Julian Simon and a founding scholar at the
Property and Environmental Research Center in Bozeman (John something,
can't recall the last name now) were both invited speakers in my
environmental policy classes and were respectfully received. Simon was gracious
enough to reply to my letter afterwards. So who is openminded?My
point was about schools like Liberty, where there are defined limits to student
and faculty conduct and certain topics perceived as "liberal" will never
see the light of day. Will's column was selectively one-sided in its
criticism of campus orthodoxy.BTW, you repeatedly make
generalizations about me in this forum that are not supported by evidenced.
I'm more nuanced than you give credit for.
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