Over the last eighteen months, I have written 126 editorials, almost all of which have discussed the deplorable state of higher education in America. After reading many of my articles, concerned parents often ask me the $64,000 question: ?So where am I supposed to send my kids to college?? Today, I write to offer a recommendation.
My recommendation of the University of Georgia (UGA), our nation?s oldest public university (sorry Tar Heel fans) will probably come as a surprise to many readers. After all, I did turn down an offer to attend graduate school at UGA in 1990. To make matters worse, I turned down a scholarship to attend UGA School of Law in the fall of 1998. And, of course, there is the matter of that nasty article I wrote about UGA just a few short weeks ago.
My recent article criticizing UGA?s safe zone program focused on a document that was posted on the UGA website. The document made a number of wild assertions about the relationship between the Bible and homosexuality. For example, it suggested that there was no condemnation of homosexuality in either the Old or the New Testament. It also stated that King David and Saul?s son Jonathan were involved in a homosexual relationship. Finally, after explicitly stating that the prophet Daniel was gay, the document suggested that King David?s great-grandmother Ruth was a lesbian.
Readers of my editorial correctly concluded that the document had no place on the public university?s website. But they came to that conclusion, based upon two reasons, both of which were incorrect. First, readers claimed the document should be removed because it was ?offensive.? Second, they claimed that the document violated the ?doctrine? of separation of church and state.
The real justification for removing the controversial safe-zone document has to do with a Supreme Court case dealing with the distribution of student activity fees at public universities. Students may not demand a refund of their student activity fees merely because the funds are used to promote speech that offends them. However, public universities must maintain ?viewpoint neutrality? when using student fees to promote various speakers, programs, and initiatives.
But few public universities bother following this mandate, although it was articulated by the Court over four years ago. Instead, most schools continue to spend wildly disproportionate amounts of student fees to promote the political agenda of liberal college administrators and professors. This is usually done under the guise of various ?diversity? initiatives.