Archive for the ‘College Boycotts of Conservative Speakers’ Category

Wednesday, November 8th, 2017

 

 

 

 

Society keeps changing dramatically, with many saying not for the better. For instance:

  • About the kneeling NFL players, columnist Chris Freind wrote, “America isn’t perfect, but it is the freest, fairest, and most generous nation in history, where opportunities remain endless and past mistakes are both acknowledged and atoned for… Showing respect for the National Anthem is as close to scoring an uncontested touchdown as it gets.”
  • As for college campus safe places, the dis-inviting of conservative speakers, the banning of books, etc., columnist Michael Gerson wrote, “Education must mean more than the avoidance of offense… This means that true education always involves risk–particularly the risk of giving offense. Students are not defiled by the existence of terrible words and ideas. They are defiled by the acceptance or normalization of those words and ideas, which is precisely what [books like] To Kill A Mockingbird–and all true education sets out to prevent.”
  • On the Boy Scouts’ decision to admit girls first into the Cub Scouts and then older girls in 2019, Kathy Hopinkah Hannon, president of the Girl Scouts wrote, “I formally request that your organization stay focused on the 90% of American boys not currently participating in the Boy Scouts… and not consider expanding to recruit girls.”
  • Then there’s this: When First Lady Melania Trump sent ten Dr. Seuss books to a school in every state, Cambridge, Massachusetts librarian Liz Phipps Soeir refused to accept them saying that they are “steeped in racist propaganda, caricatures, and harmful stereotypes.”

What’s your take on such goings-on?