George F. Will: Universities proof of the closing American mind


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  • Lagomorph Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 3, 2012 4:26 p.m.

    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.

  • Redshirt1701 Deep Space 9, Ut
    Dec. 3, 2012 12:38 p.m.

    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.

  • Lagomorph Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 3, 2012 9:02 a.m.

    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?

  • Kent C. DeForrest Provo, UT
    Dec. 2, 2012 11:20 a.m.

    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.