As reported in the campus newspaper, Daily Trojan: "The university responded Friday with a statement affirming faculty members' right to express their views."
And in the words of USC Provost Elizabeth Garrett: "The freedom to take unpopular positions and the freedom to express those positions publicly are at the foundation of what it means to be a faculty member of a university."
For the record, in 2009 USC Vice President of Student Affairs, Michael Jackson, published "an open letter to the USC community" in the Daily Trojan, attacking the College Republicans for inviting conservative activist David Horowitz to campus. But USC in no way condemned Sragow.
Furthermore, Garrett was wrong about universities and dishonest about USC. She was wrong about "what it means to be a faculty member of a university." It is not about taking "unpopular positions;" it is about teaching truth to the best of the professor's ability. And attacks on Republicans are hardly "unpopular positions" at USC, or at virtually any other American university. On the contrary, they are the dominant positions there.
For Provost Garrett's sake, therefore, here are some unpopular positions at USC:
--Marriage should remain defined as the union of a man and a woman.
--The human fetus should have at least as much right to life as, let us say, a dog.
--America is the greatest force for good in the world.
--Fighting communism in Vietnam was a morally noble venture.
--The greatest problem in black American life is not racism or poverty but the absence of fathers.
--The most effective -- often the only -- way to stop great evil is through war.
--More men than women are more willing to work more hours at a job.
--More women are likely to find happiness in a successful marriage and family than in a successful career.
--At this moment in history, the world has more to fear from fundamentalist Muslims than from fundamentalist Christians, Jews, Hindus or Buddhists.
Provost Garrett might want to inquire as to how many USC professors subscribe to, let alone, advocate in class, any of those positions.
At the Daily Trojan website, one commenter after another articulated what may be the only solution to USC and other universities having become left-wing seminaries:
Scott: "I am paying $65,000 per year for my son to be fed this hateful nonsense? The fact that the administration is not mortified by these statements is telling. Shame on USC."
Mike: "Lost a lot of respect for my alma mater today. They won't get another dollar from me."
KJM: "I am alum and hereby withholding any further support of my alma mater."
Non-leftists who give money to an American university are usually funding the erosion of that university as well as the erosion of their own values.
Dennis Prager is a SRN radio show host, contributing columnist for Townhall.com and author of his newest book, “The Ten Commandments: Still the Best Moral Code.”
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