Tuesday, April 02, 2013

Latest Tactic: Declare Someone "Intolerant", Demonize Them, Then Ostracize Them

Is this really how people, especially at a university, should be acting?
The Student Government Association at Johns Hopkins University has denied official recognition to a group of pro-life students, and one SGA leader privately equated them with white supremacists.
Read the article; I'm not the only one who thinks this is viewpoint discrimination.


maxutils said...

I am , I guess, pro choice ... but were I on this student government panel? I would have voted to certify this group, assuming they met all requirements ~ but the fun thing is, it's not made clear in this article that they did, or that they didn't violate some other by line. Either way, this is what you get when you have democratic rule -- decisions you don't agree with. If enough people disagree, those who voted against will be voted out. Unless no one pays attention, which I believe is mostly the case. So easy to vote for a D or an R without thinking ...

allen (in Michigan) said...

Oh come on max, the complaint's not that tough to identify - the lie that the university is a free market in ideas.

The lefties who are enforcing a philosophical monoculture are, of course, untroubled by such complaints. Ostensibly because their rationalizations provide the threadbare justification for suppressing ideas with which they disagree but in reality, because they can.

I'd be willing to give odds that given the right setting the same folks who denied the anti-abortion group recognition would expel the group's membership from the university along with such other punishment as was within their power to impose. After all, improper viewpoint is proof of inferiority and the superior aren't required to tolerate the inferior. Or shouldn't be required to tolerate their inferiors but the world's an imperfect place.

Anonymous said...

What is sad is that the folks *running* this university don't realize that shutting down talk you don't like hurts the university in the long run.

Not the math/science/engineering departments so much (but them, too, a little bit). But the humanities a great deal.


-Mark Roulo

Ellen K said...

Classic use of Alinsky Rules. Of course that kind of action is a double edged sword because what comes around, goes around.