Worshipping Minorities

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Author’s Note: Sadly, this is an actual case. The name has been suppressed to protect the innocent.

Recently, a tenured UNC professor was forced to retire early because of offensive remarks he made in the classroom. Had he not retired early, he might have been stripped of tenure altogether. Or he might have simply been disallowed to teach and instead assigned to handle various administrative tasks. He was already serving a temporary suspension from the classroom when he decided to avoid further embarrassment by taking his early retirement. It’s worth taking a few minutes to discuss what he did in order to land in such hot water with the university administration. It speaks volumes about the current cultural climate in higher education.

Dr. Early-Retiree (pseudonym) had a problem with religion, and especially with Christianity. He also had a problem keeping it to himself. For decades, he would use the term G*d d*mn in the workplace. He was also fond of using the name of Jesus Christ, but only after giving our Lord the middle name F*cking. He used this kind of language in front of his colleagues and in front of students. But that’s not what got him in hot water with the administration.

Dr. Early-Retiree, as you may have already guessed, got in trouble for offending a black student. In the process of talking about racism and racial stereotypes, he would occasionally use graphic language and actual slurs. He didn’t use the terms in an approving way. In fact, it was just the opposite. He employed racial slurs in lectures specifically expressing disapproval of racism. Although he had not a racist bone in his body, it did not matter. He used certain language and a black student was offended. Intent was irrelevant.

Contrast this for a moment with Dr. Early-Retiree’s intentional use of anti-theistic and anti-Christian speech. One could almost say that he hadn’t a bone in his body that wasn’t full of religious animus. While we’re in the business of drawing contrasts let us draw one with the early American universities. Back then, God was elevated above all else in higher education. But in today’s university setting, whom or what do we worship? The answer is: victims in general and victim groups in particular. There are at least four reasons why this claim is no exaggeration.

1. We have numerous victimhood centers that serve as sanctuaries for victim worship. On my campus alone, we have a black victimhood center, a brown victimhood center, a queer victimhood center, and a feminist victimhood center. The only victimhood center we’re missing is one for men falsely accused of rape by the radicals at the feminist victimhood center. Actually, that’s not true. We’re also missing a victimhood center for unborn babies murdered by the radicals at the feminist victimhood center. If you don’t think it’s fair to call them sanctuaries then just wait until the next round of budget cuts. These places are always immune from such cuts. They are all sacred ground in the eyes of the administration.

2. Speech and conduct codes are commandments. You’ve obviously heard of the Ten Commandments. It is significant that the first four of them deal with reverence towards God, providing specific guidance in how to avoid offending God – No other gods, no idols, no taking the Lord’s name in vain, and no disrespecting the Sabbath. It is pretty much the same thing on college campuses. The first four commandments are to never offend blacks, never offend feminists, never offend LGBT people, and never offend any other people we decide to add to the minority victim bowl of alphabet soup.

3. Orientations are worship services. Last year, two of my friends dropped their 18 year old girl off for her freshman year at one of our public universities here in North Carolina. They stuck around for a freshman orientation program that lasted ninety minutes. Thirty minutes of the program was consumed by a short skit on tolerance of homosexuals as well as an overview of university services for the LGBT community. The LGBT Center director and her flamboyant homosexual assistant consumed fully one third of the orientation program. When four percent of the population gets 33% of the attention at such events it’s hard to deny that the university is obsessed with the worship of sexual minorities. The orientation program is nothing more than a sermon where the high priests of diversity formally begin the process of indoctrination into the university’s official religion of moral relativism.

4. Training sessions are confessionals. If you commit the sin of offending someone who isn’t in the dominant group then there’s no need to worry. You have a chance at redemption. If you are young and have no prior record, all you have to do is attend mandatory sensitivity training and confess your sins. Once you show proper remorse, university communities will remembrance you. When you leave mandatory reeducation, the high priest of diversity will likely tell you “neither do I condemn thee, go, and offend no more!” If you are older and should have known better then they will try to put you out to pasture.

I try to write about these situations with as much humor as possible. But my heart is heavy for this professor who was pressured into ending his 35 year career in shame and humiliation even though he intended no harm to anyone, black or otherwise.

Unfortunately, in higher education “equality” means sacrificing an occasional lamb on the altar of political correctness. It also means that some animals are more equal than others. No offense to animals intended.

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Mike Adams
Mike S. Adams was born in Columbus, Mississippi on October 30, 1964. While a student at Clear Lake High School in Houston, TX, his team won the state 5A soccer championship. Adams graduated from C.L.H.S. in 1983 with a 1.8 GPA. He was ranked 734 among a class of 740, largely as a result of flunking English all four years of high school.

After obtaining an Associate's degree in psychology from San Jacinto College, Mike Adams moved on to Mississippi State University where he joined the Sigma Chi Fraternity. While living in the fraternity house, his GPA rose to 3.4, allowing him to finish his B.A., and then to pursue a Master's in Psychology.

In 1990, Adams turned down a chance to pursue a PhD in psychology from the University of Georgia, opting instead to remain at Mississippi State to study Sociology/Criminology. This decision was made entirely on the basis of his reluctance to quit his night job as member of a musical duo. Playing music in bars and at fraternity parties and weddings financed his education. He also played for free beer.

Upon getting his doctorate in 1993, Mike Adams, then an atheist and a Democrat, was hired by UNC-Wilmington to teach in the criminal justice program. A few years later, Adams abandoned his atheism and also became a Republican. He also nearly abandoned teaching when he took a one-year leave of absence to study law at UNC-Chapel Hill in 1998.

After returning to teach at UNC-Wilmington, Mike Adams won the Faculty Member of the Year award (issued by the Office of the Dean of Students) for the second time in 2000.

After his involvement in a well publicized free speech controversy in the wake of the 911 terror attacks, Mike Adams became a vocal critic of the diversity movement in academia. He has since made appearances on shows like Hannity and Colmes, the O'Reilly Factor, and Glenn Beck. His column on TownHall.com has earned him countless hate mails - often from radical feminists who hate males.

Mike Adams published his first book, Welcome to the Ivory Tower of Babel, in 2004. His second book, Feminists Say the Darndest Things: A Politically Incorrect Professor Confronts "Womyn" On Campus, was published in 2008. Later that year, Adams joined the faculty of Summit Ministries in Colorado where he spends his summers lecturing against abortion and in favor of First Amendment rights on college campuses.

In addition to lecturing on the First Amendment, Mike Adams is actively involved in legal challenges to campus censorship. Represented by the ADF, he won a landmark First Amendment case before the 4th Circuit in Richmond, VA. Decided in 2011, Adams v UNCW held that professors publishing columns and giving speeches have the full protection of the First Amendment when discussing matters of public concern. Hence, when professors report such activities as part of their annual review, tenure, or promotion materials the university does not have license to discriminate on the basis of the professor's viewpoint.

Dr. Adams next book, Letters to a Young Progressive, was published in April of 2013. He plans to spend the profits on new guns made by Browning and old guitars made by Fender.