The Interstate Bakeries Company will soon come out with a new snack cake called the Hostess Thinkie. The idea was inspired by a professor at Georgia Tech who thought so long and hard about a simple problem that it actually became complex. Eventually his brain turned into a rich, cream-filled sponge cake.
Maybe some of you have heard of Dr. Phil McKnight, who chairs Georgia Tech's School of Modern Languages. Recently, Sponge Cake Phil was upset when a federal judge struck down Georgia Tech’s speech code as unconstitutional. Tech was also badly embarrassed because the school has now been placed under five-year court supervision for its inability to respect the free speech rights of conservative students.
Sponge Cake Phil wrote a column for the Atlanta Journal Constitution, which relied on the wisdom of German philosophers. Rumors that his column was ghost written by Justice Kennedy are unconfirmed. Even Kennedy is incapable of the following:
According to Goethe, a poet, thinker, statesman and scientist, and the most recognized icon of German culture, "to simply tolerate is an insult."
As a participant in the European Enlightenment movement, which clarified and defined how we understand human rights and provided the foundation on which much of the U.S Constitution is based, Goethe advocated that "tolerance should actually only be a transitional attitude, one which must lead to the acceptance of equality."
A contemporary German intellectual, Lothar Beier, writing on the controversial and sensitive issues of the French radical right, racism, guest workers, and immigration and integration in Europe, points out that tolerance is the privilege of those in power, and the favor of tolerance can easily and arbitrarily be revoked.
U.S. District Judge J. Owen Forrester has effectively demonstrated this observation by retracting the Georgia Tech rules of tolerance, which are similar to those prevalent at most U.S. universities. For the time being, it would now appear to be perfectly OK for members of the Georgia Tech community to engage in unrestricted attempts to "injure, harm, malign or harass a person because of race, religious belief, color, sexual/affectional orientation," to use the words now banned from the Georgia Tech guidelines for the behavior of members of the university community toward each other.
Many are criticizing Sponge Cake Phil for interjecting German philosophy into the Tech speech code issue. However, such criticism is misplaced. German philosophy began to play a prominent role in the case when a group of liberal Tech students began to superimpose swastikas on the faces of the conservative plaintiffs who opposed the speech code.
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