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Colleges have free speech on the run
Washington Post, by George F. Will

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Posted By:Dreadnought, 12/1/2012 12:17:06 AM

In 2007, Keith John Sampson, a middle-aged student working his way through Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis as a janitor, was declared guilty of racial harassment. Without granting Sampson a hearing, the university administration — acting as prosecutor, judge and jury — convicted him of “openly reading [a] book related to a historically and racially abhorrent subject.” “Openly.” “Related to.” Good grief. The book, “Notre Dame vs. the Klan,” celebrated the 1924 defeat of the Ku Klux Klan in a fight with Notre Dame students. But some of Sampson’s co-workers disliked the book’s cover, which featured

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: 4Justice, 12/1/2012 1:20:23 AM     (No. 9042417)

OMG! This is worse than the old Soviet Union! I am glad I got my higher education before it got too bad. Sure, it was bad in the 80´s but nothing like now. These universities are not teaching anything except leftist indoctrination and intolerence. They used to teach students to think for themselves. That used to be reason to go to University...to learn critical thinking and to be exposed to various DIFFERENT points of view. Now it is a joke and an expensive one. All these schools are good for now is destroying minds and raking in major dollars to do so.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: JHSMom02, 12/1/2012 3:34:17 AM     (No. 9042471)

Words fail me. But then again, I guess that´s the point. No free speech. Taking down the First Amendment. Freedom of Speech...going...Freedom of Religion....going....Freedom of the Press...not necessary..since only liberal views in journalism are permitted for the most part anyway...Freedom of Assembly...going...you´ll need to first get a permit from your liberal government. Hmmmm...wonder if we´re going to need permits to attend football games next?

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Melody, 12/1/2012 3:56:24 AM     (No. 9042475)

´´Good grief,´´ indeed. Shame on those colleges! How very repulsive that is to those of us brought up in an age when America was America, land of the free.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Right Republican, 12/1/2012 4:18:56 AM     (No. 9042482)

This story never did pass the smell test for me. A janitor gets fired for reading a book with a title that someone feels offended by? Even if that´s all there was to his dismissal, besides this one story, I´ve never heard of such a thing elsewhere, anywhere.

I´m not prepared to indict an entire nationwide institution, and condemn all those who work in it, just on some alleged incident from five years ago.

This article reminds me more of George Orwell´s ´two-minute hate´ from his novel 1984.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: dr.lakerman, 12/1/2012 8:35:59 AM     (No. 9042639)

As I have noted in the past, great mischief comes from Student Affairs offices on college campuses-the rules they come up with can be remarkably silly and anti-intellectual.
At my state university, our student affairs people came up with a speech code that was absurd beyond belief. As a professor, I was not ever to say anything that might make a student uncomfortable.
The irony in that is that it was my job, as part of my teaching, to make students uncomfortable, by challenging their notions about workplace equity, sexual harrassment, and the like, while teaching courses in Human Resource Management.
so I ignored student affairs and their various proclamations and proposals.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: EnsignO´Toole, 12/1/2012 9:22:45 AM     (No. 9042731)

This really should be a Must Read for Sunday morning. George Will has written an article which scares me and should scare every American.

My fertile mind immediately extended to other aspects of American life. George states: “What happens on campus,” Lukianoff says, “doesn’t stay on campus” because censorship has “downstream effects.”

Maybe its because I´m older, but if this effect oozes into the medical world, we are all toast earlier than need be. If a young medical student or doctor just happens to see something different in a disease or condition but is not allowed to go against prevailing thought, the miracles of medicine will soon become a thing of the past.

Every aspect of American life is being infiltrated by the "thought police", and we better fight like it´s the Revolutionary War these next four years, especially, because we´re running out of chances.

The Liberals/Dems/Marxists/Socialists now march in lock-step in much the same way the Red Coats marched through the Colonies. They (the Red Coats) were quite surprised by the rag-tag patriots such as the Green Mountain Boys and other colonists like them. Those patriots were the fore-runners of gorilla warfare, and we rag-tag Conservatives need to emulate them.

George may have "fired the shot heard round the world". Well done, George.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Teleologicus, 12/1/2012 9:24:41 AM     (No. 9042736)

America´s universities are the biggest and most dangerous threats to the Republic and everything it stands for. Unless something is done about the enemy Fifth Column that our universities have become, matters can only get worse.

What can be done to cleanse the universities and restore them to sanity and American principles? It is not clear why Americans have put up with their behavior as long as they have. Perhaps it is because many people still do not realize the degree to which un- and anti-American radicals and fringe elements have acquired effective control over all aspects of university life, from the curriculum to academic standards to bogus "disciplines" and busy work to speech codes, sensitivity training and political indoctrination.

Cut off the money and improvements will quickly follow. This is easier said than done, but it can be done. Congress needs to get involved. Parents need to pay more attention and get involved. Conservative publications must keep sounding the alarm and reporting examples of the abuse and misuse of our institutions of higher learning.

Barack Obama and everything he represents is the result of the anti-American radical takeover of American universities beginning in the Sixties.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: JAN, 12/1/2012 10:05:28 AM     (No. 9042834)

We are heading towards Solshenitzen´s First Circle.

Read that book and then wake up!! Before it´s too late.



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