Tearing Down the Ivory Tower
by Sam Antonio, CLA National Coordinator
Our institutions of higher learning have forged an image that they are the bastion of critical thinking, tolerance, free speech and individual liberty.
Nothing could be further from the truth.
Many universities have enacted speech codes, promoted political correctness in the classroom, and fostered a culture of group identity on campus, thus denying students individual humanity.
Today a student that dares to speak out against the totalitarian mindset that dominates America’s campuses is akin to performing a Sisyphean task. We have a crisis going on at America’s colleges and universities.
At Palm Beach State college in Florida three students were banned from distributing literature in the “free speech” area once the administration found out the literature was critical of Barack Obama. The Alliance Defense Fund has filed a lawsuit on behalf of the students and the case is still pending.
A sociology professor at Middlebury College in Vermont published an opinion piece that asked God to punish Sen. Jim DeMint (SC) with a sex scandal. “That’s why I’m hoping You’ll listen to this one prayer and smite this man,” she writes. “I’m not asking for much. Just a little gay scandal.”
At Fresno State University in California, the dean and the president of the student government, Pedro Ramirez (who recently admitted he’s an illegal immigrant), held a rally to urge students to promote the DREAM Act, which would provide illegal immigrants who graduated from U.S. high schools the chance to become permanent residents by serving in the military or by graduating from a U.S. college.
Astronomy professor Dr. Bradley Schaeffer of Louisiana State University used his classroom as a forum to berate students who advocate limited government policies and dare question global warming.
Professor Schaefer seated his class according to their opinions on the proper policy response to global warming (see chart).
The professor shouted to the students seated on the edge who advocated limited government, “You will not want your children [to know], if they live, why you’re sitting on that corner, that you’re part of the trouble, right?” He then told another student, “Too little, too late. Blood will be on your hands.”
If things couldn’t get worse for students, getting a college degree used to be a vehicle to open future doors of opportunities, but now it has become a boomerang for young adults as they appear before a familiar door — their parents’.
According to a poll by Twentysomething Inc., a marketing and research firm based in Philadelphia, 85 percent of college seniors planned to move back home with their parents after graduation.
Will the Sisyphean task ever be overcome?
Now more than ever there’s a great need for Campus Liberty Alliance to have a presence on America’s colleges and universities to provide leadership, training and knowledge.
CLA will be the proving grounds for tomorrow’s leaders. Like the walls of Jericho, CLA will tear down the ivory tower of academia to fight liberal bias and energize young activists to triumph over the collectivist agenda.
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