Once again, Canadian ID aficionado Denyse O'Leary puts her blogging fingers in motion before her brain is in gear:
Recently, columnist John Leo wrote on the way in which political correctness threatens free speech on campus. He notes,
Punishment for expressing an opinion is not unusual on the modern campus. Neither is the lack of protest among faculty and students for the kind of treatment Scheffler got. The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), which is defending the student, reports that it has failed to find a single Hamline student or faculty member who has spoken out in favor of Scheffler's right to free speech. So far, no protest from has been reported in the student newspaper or in outside internet outlets such as Myspace.
Now, I think many people misunderstand the reason for that. That is, they think it is the triumph of leftism, but it is really the triumph of materialism.
Or perhaps, Denyse, it's a triumph of sleazy, right-wing propaganda. Let's check in on John Leo and see exactly what his point is, shall we?
Who Will Stand Up For Campus Free Speech?
http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Troy Scheffler, a graduate student at Hamline University in Minnesota, thinks that the Virginia Tech massacre might have been avoided if students had been allowed to carry concealed weapons. After e-mailing this opinion to the university president, he was suspended and ordered to undergo "mental health evaluation" before being allowed to return to school.
Yes, yes, let's skim through the vapid, neo-con whining to get to Leo's utterly predictable conclusion:
The process doesn't work in reverse - with liberals protesting the silencing of a conservative. It's one of the most obvious flaws of the modern PC university.
Really? Is that what happened here? You'd think so ... until you did some actual research, whereupon you learned ...
MINNESOTA'S PRIVATE COLLEGES
Hamline University, Minnesota's first university (founded 1854), is a selective, nationally recognized college of liberal arts and sciences. Its commitment is to academic excellence, diversity, intellectual freedom and making the liberal arts work within the personal and professional choices of its students and alumni. Hamline is coeducational, affiliated with the United Methodist Church ...
Well, now ... how about that? Not only is Hamline a private college, but it appears to have a decidedly religious bent. Which makes it hard to paint this as liberalism quashing a lone voice of conservative philosophy.
More to the point, isn't it the devout who are always bitching and moaning about people trampling on their rights to associate (or not) with whoever they want? And if Hamline -- a private, religious institution -- chooses to disassociate itself from a well-known instigator like Scheffler, one would think it's their right and it's hard to see how that constitutes an attack of politically correct liberalism.
But I'm sure none of this matters to Leo or O'Leary, mostly because Leo is a well-known, right-wing propagandist, and O'Leary is, well, she's just an idiot. I guess that means she has an excuse.
ONE GOOD TURN DESERVES ANOTHER. Heh. Indeed.