A prominent conservative political pundit was uninvited from speaking at Scripps College, in a program designed to promote conservative views on campus, because of his conservative views. – from Brad Richardson’s piece at the Claremont Independent
Ah, more academic freedom and tolerance in American Universities.
George Will is a Lion of conservatism. He has long been one of the most important philosophical minds on our side, and because of his brilliance has even been able to cozy up to PBS, and the major network News outlets (ABC, CBS, NBC). He is the perfect example of a middle-of-the-road intellectual conservative. Not only that, he’s written beloved books about BASEBALL! (Seriously if you love baseball you simply must read Men at Work and I’m sure that Will’s political books are all very good too.)
The point is, George Will is awesome and not even his liberal opponents say differently.
That is until Scripps College made the announcement that they were rescinding his invite to speak to them.
— Ramesh Ponnuru (@RameshPonnuru) October 7, 2014
We conservatives have become used to the vitriol and animosity that liberal institutions of higher education seem to enjoy throwing our way.
In 2014 alone Democrat commencement speakers outnumbered Republicans by more than 2-1!
But if we look at the top 30 Universities and top 30 Liberal Arts Colleges, the numbers look far worse. Over the last two years (2013 and 2014) there were 25 politically aligned Democrats speakers in these 60 schools… but not a single Republican.
Even the liberal magazine, the New Republic, has noticed the trend of liberal “intolerance.”
The problem with the protests has nothing precisely to do with free speech; no one has a “right” to speak at a graduation ceremony or receive an honor from a college. But they do suggest rising levels of liberal intolerance, which is good for neither university campuses or the truly shun-worthy people in our midst. Some of the ideas that have been in circulation during the various speaker controversies this year arose several months ago with a notorious Harvard Crimson op-ed which stated rather bluntly that academic freedom was less important than social justice. (Lefties who are found of pointing out that cracking down on liberty in the name of security often delivers neither liberty nor security might pause to consider whether limiting academic freedom will also end up harming social justice.) But underlying the op-ed was the unappealing thought that ideas deemed reactionary or conservative were unworthy of discussion or even consideration.
These universities and colleges hold our future leaders and they think so little of our beliefs, values, ideas and morals that they are willing to actually crush our right to speech in order to advance their causes.
What makes it all the more disconcerting is that colleges and universities seem to be lining up to give “controversial” figures the opportunity to speak! Notorious cop-killer Mumia Abu Jamal gets invites to speak fairly regularly – he spoke at Goddard College this past week. A few years ago Mahmoud Ahmadinejad spoke at Columbia – where students chose not to demonstrate against his anti-gay, anti-Semitic and anti-American views. Weather Underground terrorists Bill Ayers and his wife Bernardine Dohrn have committed horrible acts of violence and called for revolution in America… and were both actually college professors who got to speak regularly…
If George Will has become “too controversial” for the academic community at large, then NO conservative is safe on a college campus.
I think this tweet sums it all up pretty perfectly…