Brenner seems wholly unaware that by raising the issue of fraternities and sororities she walked right into a trap that I intentionally set. She admitted that exceptions to the anti-discrimination clause are sometimes made. But they will not make a similar exception for the CRs. Making exceptions for some groups and not for others is called discrimination. And that is the very thing you set out to eliminate. Remember, professor?
I noticed that Brenner’s letter also dubbed another of my hypotheticals as “factually incorrect.” This hypothetical dealt with the issue of hostile takeovers of student groups resulting from rigid adherence to all aspects of the non-discrimination clause. In rebutting my hypothetical, Brenner asserted that one role of the SOC is to “help students word their constitutions so as to protect themselves from takeovers by cabals of Democrats or any other ‘opponent’ group.”
Since Brenner insists on arguing with me through you, perhaps you could get her to answer the following question, which you could then forward to me: Is it better to, a) force students to allow opponents to join their group, while helping them to craft policies that deny these opponents leadership positions, deny them the right to vote, as well as procedures for kicking them out of the group, or, b) just let the groups keep their opponents from joining in the first place.
I really think that tenured professors and administrators could be spending their time in more productive ways. Maybe it’s just the billion-dollar state budget deficit that makes me so cynical.
But, interestingly, professor Brenner says that I need to “teach (the CRs) about the wisdom of choosing (their) battles.” She says that instead of publishing “inflammatory misinformation” and abrogating my “ethical responsibility” to provide them with “correct information” (read: no more of those lousy hypotheticals, Dr. Adams!) I could convince them to “register new voters on campus, recruit volunteers to work for the local Republican party, educate the public about what the party stands for, or any number of productive activities.” I’m not trying to control your group, but I wish you would just sign the papers and then go do the things that I think you should be doing.
It is worth noting that until recently the CRs were doing all of those things. That is, until the university revoked their status as an official group and froze their funds. But the CRs think that the right to have some control over their group is guaranteed by the First Amendment. And that is important to these kids, regardless of the views of the administration.
Brenner closed her letter with the bland assertion that the CRs are “fighting for the right to discriminate.” It should be obvious by now that these students are the victims of discrimination. And their assertion that the university is being hypocritical is no mere hypothetical.
In conclusion, this may be the most creative writing Professor Brenner has ever produced. And yet it is still mindless drivel.
Mike S. Adams (firstname.lastname@example.org) enjoys getting in the last word.
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