Via The Frame Problem, we learn that some of Waterloo's citizenry, for all their vaunted high-tech, world-class brainpower, are still grappling with the concept of logical thought and critical analysis being a good thing.
Consider the intellectual vacuum at local Wilfrid Laurier University that permitted this bit of jaw-dropping fuckery when confronted with a proposal to set up a campus freethought group:
"While the Campus Clubs department understands the goals and visions of your organization, they are not compatible with the guidelines of what may be approved and incorporated into our department. While the promotion of reason, science and freedom of inquiry are perfectly legitimate goals, what is most in question in regards to your club’s vision is the promotion of “a fulfilling life without religion and superstition“. While this university is indeed technically a secular institution, secular does not denote taking an active stance in opposition to the principles and status of religious beliefs and practices. To be clear, this is not meant to say that the promotion of science and reason are illegitimate goals. But due to the need to respect and tolerate the views of others, the Campus Clubs department is unable to approve a club of this nature at this time. If you wish to adjust and rethink your club’s application and vision, you may resubmit a revised proposal at any time."
In unrelated news, WLU officials are scheduled to meet next week to grapple with other issues involving rigorous investigation and logical deduction.