Author’s Note: Mike Adams intends to smoke a cigar with his favorite columnist Dennis Prager (on Thursday, December 7th in Malibu, California) after his 7 p.m. speech at Pepperdine University.
I am seldom embarrassed to be a Republican. But recent Republican efforts to keep newly elected Democrat Representative Keith Ellison from taking his oath of office on the Koran are indeed embarrassing. These efforts have been justified by some as a necessary part of the War on Terror and by others as a stance against multi-culturalism. I view these efforts as acts of unmitigated religious bigotry.
Those who are surprised by my stance on the Ellison controversy need only imagine what it is like to be a religious minority - in my case a member of the “religious right” – in academia. In my experience as a professor in the UNC system I have had to listen to the anti-Christian bigotry of “colleagues” who explicitly injected their venom into the hiring process. I have also been forced to endorse views offensive to my religious beliefs including specific attacks on my religious affiliation. I provide two examples for the consideration of those who oppose Ellison’s oath on the Koran.
Last fall, my department was engaged in a heated debate over whether we should co-sponsor (with other departments) a film celebrating the sex changes of four teenagers. The controversy was exacerbated by the fact that we were not asked to give any money to support the event. In other words, “sponsor” meant “agree with.” The homosexual thought police were simply trying to determine who was “with them” and who was “against them” in the current cultural war. Needless to say, I am against them.
When someone suggested that we simply vote on every request to “endorse” a given event I responded with the following argument: “Such votes will inevitably result in endorsement of the majority view. The minority view will always be rejected and collectivism will defeat individualism. While that result may comport with the socialist bent of most faculty members present, it is decidedly at odds with our stated interest in tolerance and diversity.”
Although our department had already voted to endorse the aforementioned film – one that clearly celebrates acts I oppose on religious grounds – a change of policy was put in effect for future requests. The new policy allowed my chair – an avowed Marxist and feminist – the authority to make these decisions unilaterally. The result was predictable.