Saturday, April 4, 2009

Eastern Michigan University to Student: Resistance Is Futile-You Will Be Assimilated-or Else

As I have posted previously, I have long considered political correctness (PC) to be not just speech control, but an indirect attempt at thought control. After all, when you start trying to control what people can and cannot say, how far are you from ultimately controlling what people think?

The one place you would think the free exchange of ideas would be welcome is on the campuses of our nations colleges and universities, yet in reality these institutions are among the worst offenders of all when it comes to imposing what I now refer to as intellectual fascism on their students and faculty.

Apparently the tasseled, gowned gaggle at Eastern Michigan University (EMU) has decided to take intellectual fascism to the next level by insisting its students realign their core belief systems to bring them in line with what the powers-that-be at that university think those values should be.

Last month, Julea Ward, a Christian, was ultimately dismissed from EMU's graduate counseling program for refusing to affirm the homosexual lifestyle of one of her clients. This was after her having been put through the ringer by her supervising professor and others in a "disciplinary" proceeding.

The Alliance Defense Fund (ADF) has taken up her case and filed suit against EMU in federal court:
EMU initiated its disciplinary process against Ward and informed her that the only way she could stay in the graduate school counseling program would be if she agreed to undergo a "remediation" program. Its purpose would be to help Ward "see the error of her ways" and change her "belief system" as it relates to counseling about homosexual relationships, conforming her beliefs to be consistent with the university’s views.
You can read the full complaint here.

I expect Ms. Ward will prevail in this case, and that is as it should be. Thankfully, the courts have not been very accommodating when it comes to wanton (and dare I say near epidemic) trampling upon the constitutional rights of students by those who run our nations colleges and universities.

No one should be forced to change their core values or beliefs, religious or otherwise, in order to participate in a university program, particularly in an institution that is supported to any degree by taxpayer dollars.

Somehow, I have a feeling that if Ms. Ward were a Muslim, EMU would have handled this incident very differently, and would have fallen all over itself in an effort to accommodate her belief system. Never mind that Muslims the world over routinely murder homosexuals in cold blood.

As I see it, political correctness, in any form, has no place in a truly free society. When even one American's constitutional rights are successfully trampled upon by anyone, we all lose.

If you are interested in further reading on the continuing efforts to preserve true academic freedom in this country, go here.

1 comment:

Eowyn said...

Thanks, Dave, for writing on this matter. Love your "intellectual fascism" coinage!

When liberty is taken away by force it can be restored by force. When it is relinquished voluntarily by default it can never be recovered. -Dorothy Thompson