Wednesday, March 30, 2005

Hello, North Carolina. David Horowitz is coming to town.

If you're a student at UNC, you might want to take a look at this:

A bill introduced in the state Senate promises guidelines for the college classroom to assure fair treatment for all students, regardless of their ideology.

At least, that's what supporters of the Academic Bill of Rights say.

Opponents of the bill -- versions of which have sparked outcry in a number of states -- say it is nothing more than an attempt by conservatives to monitor and manage what goes on in the classroom.

And, if you've managed to keep up with me thus far, you'll know that I'd dearly like to get more detail on this claim:

A brouhaha erupted on the Chapel Hill campus last year after an English instructor sent a scathing e-mail to an entire class reprimanding one student for expressing conservative beliefs about homosexuality.

Anyone from UNC want to expand on that story? Oh, and about that fairy tale that the Bill is meant to be applied in a fair, balanced and ideologically-neutral way? Bullshit. And more bullshit. And even more bullshit.

And, of course, don't forget your humble author's 3-part series exposing Horowitz and the SAF's bogus ideological neutrality here.

Mar 31 update: Not surprisingly, Google made short work of tracking down more details on this story. And upon a very quick read, I'd have to say that I'd side with the student on this one. It looks like the instructor over-reacted but this is just a first impression -- I'll need to read up on this more closely. But, as far as I can tell, the prof may have over-reached and got smacked. What's the problem here?

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