Gone are the days when academic freedom was the watchword on college campuses. Today, thought control is the dominant theology, often hiding behind the mantras of diversity and multiculturalism.
The American Enterprise magazine's survey of the political affiliations of professors in 19 major universities confirms similar surveys. The tally: Cornell, 166 professors registered in the Democratic Party or another party of the left; and only six registered with Republicans or another party of the right; the Harvard score is 50-2; Penn State 59-10; Stanford 151-17; Brown 54-3; University of California Berkeley 59-7; University of California Los Angeles 141-9; University of Texas 94-15.
More than two-thirds of colleges and universities have speech codes even though, at least at public universities, they are unconstitutional. The codes are aimed at forbidding the free speech of conservatives, Christians and humor magazines, because the politically correct brigade and the feminists have no sense of humor.
Many of the speech codes are as silly and intolerant as the British speech code at Stockport College that made international news by banning 40 "offensive" words and phrases. Lady and gentleman are banned because of "class implications," history and chairman are sexist, "normal couple" is simply unacceptable and "slaving over a hot stove" is offensive to the plight of real slaves.
Colleges and universities have hired highly paid itinerant facilitators to train incoming freshmen to feel guilty if they are white and to think politically correct thoughts about race and diversity. Two of the films widely used at these Soviet-style re-education sessions are "Skin Deep," which presents intolerance and racism as the norm in the United States, and "Blue-Eyed," a 90-minute tirade designed to humiliate people with blue eyes and empower people with brown eyes.
Get ready for the next round of left-wing commencement speakers.
Cornell has announced it has signed up that rowdiest of leftists, James Carville.
Al Gore and Madeleine Albright were recent commencement speakers at Harvard, Robert Reich and Janet Reno at the University of California, Berkeley, Hillary Clinton and Jimmy Carter at the University of Pennsylvania, and Gloria Steinem and Whoopi Goldberg at Wellesley. At most prestigious colleges, students never hear a conservative commencement speaker.
Phyllis Schlafly is a national leader of the pro-family movement, a nationally syndicated columnist and author of Feminist Fantasies.
TOWNHALL DAILY: Be the first to read Phyllis Schlafly‘s column. Sign up today and receive Townhall.com daily lineup delivered each morning to your inbox.