Are you a pro-life student? You might want to prepare to get punched, have your signs destroyed, and your chalk erased.
The first weekend of December marked the latest instance of left-wing intolerance to pro-life student demonstrators. Fifteen-year-old pro-life student Purity Thomas was praying and advising women in front of a Planned Parenthood when she was punched in the face, reported The Daily Caller.
If that’s not shocking enough, the police didn’t arrest this criminal. Now, Thomas knows who punched her but “she was not disclosing the identity of her assailant because the woman had just had an abortion and she wants her to heal instead of receive harassment.”
“I feel super sorry for her and I want her to know that we’re not violent, we actually care about her,” said Thomas. “Being punched was nothing compared to what those babies are feeling when they are aborted…and honestly, I would take a million punches if it saved one child.”
Texas State University student Ian Ramos kicked and punched in pro-life signs on campus. He stated the signs did not constitute free speech, which is a tad surprising for a history and government student. Ramos is pursuing a teaching certification, as of April 2017.
California State University, Fresno professor Gregory Thatcher erased pro-life chalking on campus, even after a student told him she had gotten permission to chalk in the vicinity. Thatcher will participate in First Amendment training and has to pay $17,000 for a court settlement, but Thatcher’s insurance company will be paying the fee and the professor “did not, in any way, admit to any wrongdoing.” Ramos, who destroyed the signs, received no punishment, and is unrepentant, saying he would do it again. Welcome to 21st century universities, where exercising free speech has its consequences, but prevent it, and you’ll be A-OK.
Prof Calls Jordan Peterson An ‘Incel’
Let me introduce you to Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania philosophy professor Wendy Lynne Lee, whose favorite topics of research seem to be feminism and Karl Marx. Weird how those go together so often these days. I reached out to Lee mainly because of a tweet I saw in which she called Jordan Peterson an incel, as seen in a piece on The Daily Caller News Foundation. She deleted the tweet when I came a-knockin’, but I’m not sure if she’s aware of this capitalist invention called technology, which allows me to take screenshots. So let’s take a look.
“Jordan Peterson: incel misogynist. Committed white nationalist.” It looks like she tries and fails to link to a database she obsessively updates, where she has apparently chronicled Peterson’s “decent into rank bigotry.”
So I’m supposed to take you seriously when you a) don’t know what an incel is and b) can’t spell. More on that in a bit. I reached out to Peterson and he said that “Lee has decided that it’s entirely acceptable to be careless with her words in relationship to me and my putative beliefs. Academics, whose trade-in-stock is words, should know better. She clearly believes (1) that her ill-advised statements are warranted, which they are not, and (2) that such actions, however ill-advised, are acceptable, ethically and factually.”
One of the biggest ideological struggles I’ve had over the past year or so has been deciding whether progressives like Lee smear others out of ignorance, or out of malice. I used to think it was just that they were simply stupid, but when peak stupidity comes so often from such highly-educated people, you can’t help but wonder if it’s done out of spite with an end-justifies-the-means mentality. I think Gavin’s also beginning to think that way.
Peterson, like any reasonable person, had no idea why Wendy branded him a white nationalist and said “I would counsel those who wish to bring forward such groundless accusations to be duly cautious. Such shots in the dark have a nasty habit of backfiring.”
Students Suspended After Satirical Frat Videos
Syracuse University suspended 15 students for one to two years after the unearthing of videos in which the students say things which, while pretty nasty, clearly fall under free speech and free expression, according to The Daily Caller News Foundation.
Well, Syracuse chancellor Kent Syverud brought out all of the pejoratives of racist, sexist, anti-Semitic, etc., but the fraternity said “Each semester our new members are given the opportunity to write and act out a skit, in order to roast the active brothers. This event was never intended to be centered around racism or hate. This year, one of these brothers is a conservative Republican, and the new members roasted him by playing the part of a racist conservative character. It was a satirical sketch of an uneducated, racist, homophobic, misogynist, sexist, ableist and intolerant person.”
And the students weren’t just defending themselves. Ari Cohn, a lawyer with the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, a free speech nonprofit, said “labeling this obvious satire ‘harassment’ makes light of the actual cases of serious harassment that colleges should be looking to combat, and wastes resources that could be used to investigate real offenses.”
One of Syracuse’s own law professors, Gregory Germain, doesn’t agree. The school appointed him as an adviser to the accused students but didn’t let him speak during the hearings. He said the university didn’t explain how the videos constituted harassment and that the incident “sends a strong message to students that they are disposable if they unintentionally embarrass the administration….The chancellor has put the university on a course toward censorship of the worst kind: undefined censorship that can be punished after the fact, even though not foreseen. Anyone who cares about our university should be very worried about this result.”
How long before Syracuse starts punishing ALL frat and sorority members like Harvard does, blocking them from applying for Rhodes scholarships or holding campus leadership positions?
Prof Says Pro-Israel Students ‘Not Welcomed’
When asked last year whether Zionists — people who support Israel — were welcome on campus, SFSU’s president, Leslie Wong, said “That’s one of those categorical statements I can’t get close to. I take each on their own merits. Am I comfortable opening up the gates to everyone? Gosh, of course not. I’m not the kind of guy who gets into absolutes like that.”
But a year later, he changed his tune and after meeting with Jewish Hillel students, said “I want to sincerely apologize for the hurt feelings and anguish my words have caused. Let me be clear: Zionists are welcome on our campus.”
You would think leftists would be happy with this statement of INCLUSION, but not Professor Rabab Ibrahim Abdulhadi, who took to Facebook saying “Jews Against Zionism reject President Wong’s statement. Zionists are NOT welcomed on our campus.” He said he considers Wong’s statement “to be a declaration of war against Arabs, Muslims, Palestinians and all those who are committed to an indivisible sense of justice on and off campus.”
Abdulhadi apparently teaches race and resistance studies — so, activism —- and also lists Islamophobia as one of her areas of expertise. It’s funny, but it’s also a little depressing going through these faculty bios. Classical education used to focus on teaching you HOW to think, not WHAT to think. Today’s universities seem to be churning out people who can pen a few platitudes like “protect kids, not guns” or “no fascist USA” to a sign. But ask them to elaborate on these little slogans and they often come up short.
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