Dear Professor Adams:
I am now in my second semester of graduate school, and I'm afraid I'm either going to be driven insane or driven out of this school by a herd of angry, socialist professors before I can escape with my political science Ph.D. Seriously, if I have to read one more biased article or book, I may go mad. Just a few minutes ago, I threw down my textbook in disgust and used Google and found your name in a desperate search for some advice (I once read a story about your conversion to Christianity as a tenured professor).
You certainly came to the right place for advice. Actually, you came to the far-right place for advice. World magazine recently said that I am “probably the most outspoken Christian conservative professor in the United States now teaching at state university.” You need to get advice from a straight shooter – as opposed to, say, a gay non-shooter. Thanks for writing.
Seriously, how can a conservative survive in academia? Should I just toe the line? Or, perhaps pick my battles? I certainly cannot demand that the professors remove every biased reading from the syllabus because we would have very little left to study! But, sometimes the egregious, pervasive left-wing bias just grates on me, and I don't have any outlet.
No, you absolutely should not “toe the line.” My sixth great grandfather fought in the American Revolution. He enlisted at age 13. He was shot at age 15. He took a bullet in order for you to be free – not to be enslaved. If, by “toeing the line”, you mean saying things you don’t really believe in order to get a grade then, again, the answer is “no.” Do not allow yourself to become an intellectual whore by slavishly adopting the views of your would-be intellectual slave-masters. Stand up!
In the process of standing up, it is important that you always add to, rather than take away from, the intellectual marketplace of ideas. And, for that, you do have an outlet. It is to be found at www.CampusReform.org.
As a Christian conservative married woman, I am already an alien in my department. And despite my efforts to remain under the radar, I think my political persuasions might already have been outed, although I am sure they would all be aghast to find out the true extent of my conservatism.