Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Another Illustration On The Limits of Liberal Tolerance

In their zeal to protect students from any comments or opinions that may hurt their feelings, many professors [in this case at Marquette University] have created “safe spaces” in their classrooms—controlling all conversations in an effort to ensure that no one is ever offended …[Professor Cheryl Abbate]  made it clear that the classroom was not a [place for students doubting] the value of same-sex “marriage.” Such conversations had to be held in secret so as not to offend others … One student in the class decided to pursue this issue with Abbate after class … The student said: “I have to be completely honest with you, I don’t agree with gay marriage …”  Professor Abbate replied: “Ok, there are some opinions that are not appropriate, that are harmful.”

When the student replied: “If I choose to challenge this, it’s my right as an American citizen,” Abbate responded: “Well, actually you don’t have a right in this class … to make homophobic comments, racist comments, sexist comments … I can tell you right now, in this class homophobic comments, racist comments and sexist comments will not be tolerated. If you don’t like that you are more than free to drop this class.”


Read the rest here.

3 comments:

Paul Miles said...

I don't know why you would give this Tosser the time of day, the advertising, or anything other than a shunning. Just a pot stirrer. You should keep away from behaviour like that. He has your blog on his links too. People will start to think he is one of your mates and that you agree with his pot stirring. Then again.

lannes said...

I hope the administration backed up
the assertive student and not that asinine professor.

John (Ad Orientem) said...

Msgr Pope has my blog linked? And I don't think I would characterize him in the way you have. Are you sure that you are posting on the right thread?