Conservatives take up academic-freedom cause

USAToday.com

Dec 26, 2004

At the University of North Carolina, three incoming freshmen sue over a reading assignment they say offends their Christian beliefs.

In Colorado and Indiana, a national conservative group publicizes student allegations of liberal bias by professors. Faculty members get hate mail and are pictured in mock "wanted" posters.

And at Columbia University in New York City, a documentary film called Columbia Unbecoming alleges that teachers intimidate students who support Israel. The film drew the attention of administrators.

The three episodes differ in important ways, but all touch on an issue of growing prominence on college campuses.

In many ways, the trend echoes past campus conflicts, but it also turns them around. Once, it was liberal campus activists who cited the importance of "diversity" in pressing their agendas for curriculum change. Now, conservatives have adopted much of the same language in calling for a greater openness to their viewpoints.

Academic-freedom guidelines have traditionally been cited to protect left-leaning students from punishment for disagreeing with teachers about such issues as American neutrality before World War II and U.S. involvement in Vietnam. The same guidelines are now being invoked by conservative students who support the war in Iraq.

To some professors, there's a new and troubling aspect to this latest chapter in the debate over academic freedom: students trying to dictate what they don't want to be taught. "Even the most contentious or disaffected of students in the '60s or early '70s never really pressed this kind of issue," said Robert O'Neil, former president of the University of Virginia and now director of the Thomas Jefferson Center for the Protection of Free Expression.

Some of those behind the trend want more conservative ideas expressed in the classroom. But some educators, while agreeing students should never feel bullied, worry that they just want to avoid exposure to ideas that challenge their core beliefs an essential part of education.

Some also fear that teachers will shy from sensitive topics or fend off criticism by "balancing" their syllabuses with opposing viewpoints, even if they represent inferior scholarship.

"Faculty retrench. They are less willing to discuss contemporary problems, and I think everyone loses out," said Joe Losco, a professor of political science at Ball State University in Indiana who has supported two colleagues targeted for alleged bias. "It puts a chill in the air."

A recent study by Daniel Klein, a researcher at Santa Clara University in California, estimated that among social science and humanities faculty nationwide, Democrats outnumber Republicans by at least 7 to 1; in some fields, it's as high as 30 to 1.

Many teachers insist personal politics don't affect their teaching. But in a recent survey of students at 50 top schools by the American Council of Trustees and Alumni, a group that has argued there is too little intellectual diversity on campuses, 49% reported at least some professors frequently commented on politics in class even if it was outside the subject matter.

Thirty-one percent said they felt there were some courses in which they needed to agree with a professor's political or social views to get a good grade.

Leading the movement is the group Students for Academic Freedom, which has chapters on 135 campuses and close ties to David Horowitz, a one-time liberal campus activist turned conservative commentator.

The group posts student complaints on its Web site, studentsforacademicfreedom.org, about alleged episodes of grading bias and unbalanced, anti-American propaganda by professors.

College instructors "need to make students aware of the spectrum of scholarly opinion," Horowitz said. "You can't get a good education if you're only getting half the story."

The students need to educate the teachers by giving them 'the other side of the story'.

By quoting the Koran - and comparing the laws of the U.S. constitution with it - in front of the WHOLE class - will give those who are offended - Power.

And if the Koran is allowed - then so is the Bible.

2Cr 10:4 The weapons [Scriptures] of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds.

If they are True Christians - they'll welcome the opportunity.

Conservatives claim they are discouraged from expressing their views in class, and are even blackballed from graduate school slots and jobs.

If a professor's ignorance is exposed FIRST - how much more his bias?

"I feel like (faculty) are so disconnected from students that they do these things and they can just get away with them," said junior Kris Wampler, who recently publicly identified himself as one of the students who sued the University of North Carolina. He objected when all incoming students were assigned to read a book about the Koran before they got to campus.

"A lot of students feel like they're being discriminated against," he said.

They're missing their chance to expose a violent alien:

004.101 When ye travel through the earth, there is no blame on you if ye shorten your prayers, for fear the Unbelievers May attack you: For the Unbelievers are unto you open enemies.

009.004 (But the treaties are) not dissolved with those Pagans with whom ye have entered into alliance and who have not subsequently failed you in aught, nor aided any one against you. So fulfil your engagements with them to the end of their term.

009.005 But when the forbidden months are past [when the 'treaties' expire}  then fight and slay the Pagans ''''wherever'''' ye find them, and seize them, beleaguer them, and lie in wait for them in every stratagem of war. {that is discriminatory Murder!]

008.067 It is not fitting for a prophet that he should have prisoners of war [slay them] until he hath thoroughly subdued the land. [Treason - in America]

Article. III. Section. 3.

Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying War against them, or in adhering to their Enemies, giving them Aid and Comfort. No Person shall be convicted of Treason unless on the Testimony of two Witnesses to the same overt Act, or on Confession in open Court.

Treason:

1. Violation of allegiance toward one's country or sovereign, especially the betrayal of one's country by waging war against it or by consciously and purposely acting to aid its enemies.

2. A betrayal of trust or confidence.

In the United States, treason is confined to the actual levying of war against the United States, or to an adhering to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort.

Article. IV. Section. 4.

The United States shall guarantee to every State in this Union a Republican Form of Government, and shall protect each of them against Invasion; and on Application of the Legislature, or of the Executive (when the Legislature cannot be convened) against domestic Violence.

047.004 Therefore, when ye meet the Unbelievers [Includes ALL who believe in the Son of God} 009.030 ] (in fight), smite at their necks. [Behead them]

005.033 THE PUNISHMENT of those who '''wage war''' against Allah and His Messenger IS: execution, or crucifixion, or the cutting off of hands and feet.

"shameful and undemocratic practices" ???

Should ANY professor who believes such commands are 'sacred' - be teaching in America?

So far, his and other efforts are having mixed results.

At UNC, the students lost their legal case, but the university no longer uses the word "required" in describing the reading program for incoming students, which was the plaintiffs' main objection.

In Colorado, conservatives withdrew a legislative proposal for an "academic bill of rights" that was backed by Horowitz, but only after state universities agreed to adopt its principles.

At Ball State University, the school's provost sided with professor George Wolfe after a student published complaints about Wolfe's peace studies course, but the episode has attracted local attention.

Horowitz and backers of the academic bill of rights plan to introduce it in the Indiana Legislature, as well as in up to 20 other state legislatures. Adding another law is not the answer. There are already laws written that clearly condemn the Koran.

Murderers in America risk being served the death penalty:

009.005 fight and slay the Pagans ''''wherever'''' ye find them

047.004 Therefore, when ye meet the Unbelievers [Includes ALL who believe in the Son of God} 009.030 ] (in fight), smite at their necks. [Behead them]

Treason also calls for the death penalty or life in prison:

008.067 It is not fitting for a prophet that he should have prisoners of war [slay them] until he hath thoroughly subdued the land.

008.074 Those who believe, and adopt exile, and fight for the Faith, in the cause of Allah as well as those who give (them) asylum and aid, - these are (all) in very truth the Believers.

009.029 Fight those who believe not in Allah nor the Last Day, nor hold that forbidden which hath been forbidden by Allah and His Messenger, nor acknowledge the religion of Truth, (even if they are) of the People of the Book, until they pay the Jizya with willing submission, and feel themselves subdued.

002.193 And fight them on until there is no more Tumult or oppression, and there prevail justice and faith in Allah.

At Columbia, debate followed the screening of a film by an advocacy group called the David Project. The group alleges some faculty members violate students' rights by using the classroom as a platform for anti-Israeli political propaganda.

Administrators responded this month by setting up a new committee to investigate students' complaints.

In the wider debate, both sides cite the guidelines on academic freedom first set out in 1915 by the American Association of University Professors (AAUP).

The objecting students emphasize the portion calling on teachers to "set forth justly ... the divergent opinions of other investigators."

Teachers also point to the guidelines, which say that instructors need not "hide (their) own opinions under a mountain of equivocal verbiage," and that their job is teaching students "to think for themselves."

Let the professors think upon this one:

What advice did the god of the Koran give to all of Islam - concerning Palestine? Can the professors show it? [No - The god of the Koran forgot to mention Palestine]

Isa 42:9 Behold, the former things are come to pass, and new things do I declare: before they spring forth I tell you of them.

Isa 14:31 Howl, O gate; cry, O city; thou, whole Palestina, art dissolved: for there shall come from the north a smoke, and none shall be alone in his appointed times.

Isa 45:21 Tell ye, and bring them near; yea, let them take counsel together: who hath declared this from ancient time? who hath told it from that time? have not I the LORD?

Isa 41:21 Produce your cause, saith the LORD; bring forth your strong reasons, saith the King of Jacob [Israel].

Isa 41:24 Behold, ye are of nothing, and your work of nought: an abomination is he that chooseth you.

Isa 14:27 For the LORD of hosts hath purposed, and who shall disannul it? and his hand is stretched out, and who shall turn it back?

Isa 52:15 So shall he sprinkle many nations; the kings shall shut their mouths at him: for that which had not been told them shall they see; and that which they had not heard shall they consider.

The Dead Sea Scrolls [written before the Koran was] repeated every word of Isaiah - in 1947 - the Exact same year the United Nations agreed to the name Palestine.

Horowitz said the AAUP, which opposes his bill of rights, and liberals in general are now the establishment and have abandoned their commitment to real diversity and student rights.

Critics said Horowitz is pushing a political agenda, not an academic one.

"It's often phrased in the language of academic freedom. That's what's so strange about it," said Ellen Schrecker, a historian at Yeshiva University in New York City who has written about academic freedom during the McCarthy area. "What they're saying is, 'We want people to reflect our point of view.' "

009.123 O ye who believe! fight the unbelievers who gird you about, and let them find firmness in you.

009.039 Unless ye go forth, He will punish you with a grievous penalty, and put others in your place.

002.216 Fighting is prescribed for you, and ye dislike it. But it is possible that ye dislike a thing [war] which is good for you and that ye love a thing [peace] which is bad for you?

047.004 Therefore, when ye meet the Unbelievers [Includes ALL who believe in the Son of God} 009.030 ] (in fight), smite at their necks. [Behead them]

005.033 THE PUNISHMENT of those who '''wage war''' against Allah and His Messenger IS: execution, or crucifixion, or the cutting off of hands and feet.

002.191 And slay them ''''wherever'''' ye catch them.

004.101 When ye travel through the earth, there is no blame on you if ye shorten your prayers, for fear the Unbelievers May attack you: For the Unbelievers are unto you open enemies.

What are the views of the professors of American universities on the commands of the Koran?

That we "don't understand what's being commanded of all Muslims" ???

004.095 Not equal are those believers who sit at home and receive no hurt, and those who strive and fight in the cause of Allah with their goods and their persons. Allah hath granted a grade higher to those who strive and fight with their goods and persons than to those who sit at home. But those who strive and fight hath He distinguished above those who sit at home by a special reward.

002.216 Fighting is prescribed for you, and ye dislike it. But it is possible that ye dislike a thing [war] which is good for you and that ye love a thing [peace] which is bad for you?

009.039 Unless ye go forth, He will punish you with a grievous penalty, and put others in your place.

Islam is not a religion of peace!

So says allah

Why are American authorities allowing that which teaches Treason? to her most valuable asset -

the next generation?

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