Written by Calvin Freiburger - NewsRealBlog.com
Being force-fed a single side of the story is only half of the problem with classroom indoctrination; the other half is silencing the other side. At Chicago Now, Emily Zanotti has a simply unreal story about a professor who was fired for discussing the Catholic Church's teaching on homosexuality-in a class about the Catholic Church's teachings:
"Howell, who taught Introduction to Catholicism and Modern Catholic Thought, says he was fired at the end of the spring semester after sending an e-mail explaining some Catholic beliefs to his students preparing for an exam.
"Natural Moral Law says that Morality must be a response to REALITY," he wrote in the e-mail. "In other words, sexual acts are only appropriate for people who are complementary, not the same."
An unidentified student sent an e-mail to religion department head Robert McKim on May 13, calling Howell's e-mail "hate speech." The student claimed to be a friend of the offended student. The writer said in the e-mail that his friend wanted to remain anonymous."
Zanotti is dumbfounded:
"I'm not buying the kid's side of the story for a couple of reasons. One, the Catholic Church does actually believe that homosexual acts violate the natural laws of man, and Dr. Ken does a pretty fantastic job of laying out about ten years worth of education on the matter. Like it or not (and I'm guessing, in the general population, you'll find more people siding with the latter), the Church has some strong feelings about two men or two women doing it...
Two, I find it hard to believe that, when one signs up for a class on Catholicism, even at a major university, that one won't expect to be taught the tenets of Catholicism [...] I suspect that some students may disagree with the subject matter. But I also suspect that by age 20, you're more inclined to take sources into consideration and approach the subject from an academic, professional standpoint. Put more concisely, if you take a class on a religion knowing you disagree with the tenets of that religion, perhaps you shouldn't get your panties in a bunch when the professor outlines those tenets. Professors should not be required to preface every culturally "controversial" statement they make on any subject with "If you cannot handle a viewpoint that differs from yours, please stand in the hallway until I can safely call you and your fragile viewpoint back into the conversation."
Here we see a particularly chilling mutation of political correctness: it's bad enough to teach that there are only a small handful of views on any given subject that rational people can hold in good faith, but now we apparently can't even teach students that views outside of that spectrum even exist, much less allow a discussion of them. But from the leftist perspective, it makes perfect strategic sense: if you deny people any understanding of the reasons for their opponents' beliefs, knee-jerk emotion (reinforced by popular culture) is all they have to go on when they encounter those beliefs in the real world.
"She also has an excellent point about how this episode completely puts the lie to the Left's claims to be the free-thinkers with a monopoly on questioning authority:
The whole point of a university is, shockingly, to give people an education: to teach students to think critically about reality and their beliefs, and, more importantly, communicate in the real world where there are, occasionally, ideas and actions that make us uncomfortable. At least, that was the whole point. If you use "people being uncomfortable hearing something they disagree with" as the golden standard for firing professors out of a university, you've got a big problem on your hands. The standards of academia and the exchange of ideas that drives them will be pretty much all but lost to a four-year indoctrination program on how to become overly sensitive, easily outraged and how to petition any semblance of authority for the redress of even the most basic of grievances. Not to mention, all sense of critical thinking and rational argument will be erased. That's cool if you're, say, in Cuba, but notsomuch in the Western world...
Look at Texas and imagine if this situation were reversed and a "liberal" professor's head was on the chopping block for teaching the realities of evolution to a student who didn't like how a fossil record conflicted with his carefully sheltered world view. The effect, and the result, is exactly the same."
I couldn't have said it better myself.