Free Speech for Some
October 20, 2005
[T]he IUC passed a resolution on Oct. 11 confirming the following truisms: “Ohio’s four-year public universities are committed to valuing and respecting diversity of ideas, including respect for diverse political viewpoints. Neither students nor faculty should be evaluated on the basis of their political opinions.”Except that not all “political opinions” are made equal, especially since modern conservatism has become synonymous with intolerance: it is anti-intellectual, counter-scientific, socially inept, recklessly interventionist and fiscally extravagant—even as it still defends discrimination against blacks, women and homosexuals.College helps folks un-learn these toxic beliefs. It doesn’t teach that they’re of equal value to tolerance itself.The liberal viewpoint is something to be defended, not compromised, which is probably why today’s conservatives feel so out of place on America’s college campuses.