From Russia With Love (To Russia With Hope)

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My column, “An Embarrassment to Higher Education,” went viral in August thanks to Clash Daily, Glenn Beck, and Rush Limbaugh. I thought the feedback from that column had died down. But, then, out of nowhere, I started getting hundreds of emails from Russia after the column went viral over there during the first week of the New Year.

It seems that Russia is grappling with the issue of political correctness and free speech in the wake of Putin’s new law preventing the promotion of homosexuality among the nation’s youth. Many Americans have criticized the law, but many Russians seem to support it. At least that’s the impression I’m getting from readers of my August column, which criticizes the excesses of sexual politics in higher education.

Who is Jesus Christ and Who is Irrational?

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A sixty-seven year old proud atheist friend of mine recently interjected the sweeping statement “all religion is irrational” into one of our conversations. I replied, not with a direct rebuttal but, instead, with the unexpected question, “who is Jesus Christ?” He replied, “I don’t know.” If I were to ask some of you why I pulled that question out of left field you might also reply with a bewildered “I don’t know.” So keep reading. Please.

If you have never really pondered the question “who is Jesus Christ?” then you simply cannot consider yourself to be a committed intellectual – at least not yet. Let me say that in a different way: if you have never given serious thought to the true identity of the most important individual ever to walk the face of the earth then you are either a) suffering from severe intellectual hernia, or b) possessed of an intellect impaired by a fear of knowing the true answer to the question.

Admiring Manson

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Ideas have consequences and bad ideas have bad ones. I’m often reminded of that when I have a conversation that broaches the subject of human evil. As most of my readers already know, the denial of human evil is a very real problem among younger generations of Americans. Just last week, however, I had a conversation with a college student that really stopped me in my tracks. I have reproduced it below but not for anyone’s entertainment. I have some observations that follow. I hope you’ll give them careful consideration after you read the following exchange:

UNC-Wilmington Student: What courses do you teach at UNCW?

Me: Right now, I’m teaching Law of Evidence and Trials of the Century, a course that focuses on famous American criminal trials.
Student: What case are you covering now?

Me: We’re discussing Charles Manson.

Student: I sort of admire Charles Manson.

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.

A Kinder Gentler NFL

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By Mike Adams

A friend recently suggested that the Washington Redskins should just “change their name and move on” in response the latest national PC controversy. But such a suggestion wildly mischaracterizes the nature of political correctness. Political correctness is not a gnat that one can just swat away. Political correctness is a cancer that eats everything in its path. Therefore, it requires an aggressive attack, not unlike radiation treatment.

I truly believe that if just half the NFL teams, two in each division, would change their names to one that is more intentionally offensive we could put an end to political correctness in America overnight. Imagine a huge PC rebellion so enormous that it would deter anyone from making demands in the name of political correctness ever again. Imaging future thought police being deterred by the fear that their demands would backfire remembering the time someone picked on the Redskins and the NFL hit them with a massive all-out anti-PC safety blitz.

No White Cha Chas Allowed

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I’ve been waiting for over ten years for the feminists to come to their senses and condemn The Vagina Monologues (TVM) as being bad for women. I knew it would happen some day and finally that day has come! Feminists at Columbia University have officially stepped up and admitted that Eve Ensler’s popular play needs a serious overhaul in order to avoid hurting women. But the question is: what specific aspect of TVM have they condemned as both hurtful and hypocritical? Perhaps an overview of the controversial book-turned-play is in order.

In the first chapter of TVM, Ensler tells her readers that she wrote the feminist play because she “was worried about what we think about vaginas” and also because she “was worried about (her) own vagina. It needed a context of other vaginas-a community, a culture of vaginas.” Note that she said context, not c*ntext. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves.

PRIDE: People Rejecting Ideas Deemed Evangelical

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Daniel Belgrad is an Associate Professor of American Studies at the University of South Florida. He is also a disgrace to American higher education. Recently, he sent the following email to his fellow professors at USF. (He also encouraged those professors to circulate the email to students in the hopes of preventing them from encountering ideas espoused by speakers with whom they disagree):

“Hi all. One of our Humanities majors who is also a USF P.R.I.D.E. member was in my office just now. Apparently there is a student ministry group on campus, the Reformed University Fellowship, who has invited a guest speaker for next Monday, Dr. Rosaria Butterfield. I have seen flyers on the hallway and elsewhere publicizing Dr. Butterfield’s talk, which is advertised as “Homosexuality and Christianity.” However, what the flyer doesn’t explain is that Dr. Butterfield’s talk (and her book, too, which she is promoting) is about how Christian faith can ‘convert’ you from gay to straight.”