If, on the other hand, professors were presenting both points of view, fairly and dispassionately, there would be nothing to quarrel about. In fact, there would be much to praise, because such academic inquiries lie at the heart of what a university is -- or should be.
And it’s not just in the classroom. A student at Palm Beach State University tried this year to establish a chapter of Young Americans for Freedom, a conservative student group, at the campus “rush” event for registered clubs. She was told by phone and email that she could do so. But when one administrator saw her table adorned with literature (including Heritage Foundation reports) that dared to criticize President Obama’s economic policies, she ordered the student to collect her material and leave immediately. The administrator claimed the group could not exhibit at the event because it hadn’t registered properly. But the law permits even leafleting at a public university, with no special permission required.
“College is a refuge from hasty judgment,” Robert Frost once wrote. At least, it’s supposed to be -- and a long time ago, it actually was. But unless parents, students and community leaders stand up for their rights, the rush to muzzle conservative thought, while leading a leftist propaganda parade on campus, will continue unabated.