At Cornell University, which is typical, 95 percent of the faculty who are registered to vote are Democrats. Of the faculty in the government department, only 1 of 23 members is a registered Republican.
At almost every American university, conservative professors are drastically outnumbered. Rep Jack Kingston. R-Ga., says, "Most students probably graduate without ever having a class taught by a professor with a conservative viewpoint."
Kingston and Rep. Walter B. Jones, R-N.C., have introduced a bill to promote the most important diversity of all, the diversity of ideas. Their bill calls on colleges to end discrimination against hiring conservative faculty and against students.
Sen. Judd Gregg, R-N.H., chairman of the Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, held a hearing on the issue of liberal bias on campus. Witnesses testified that colleges intimidate students and faculty, force them to take "diversity training" and condone harassment of students who write conservative columns for campus publications.
Anne Neal, president of the American Council of Trustees and Alumni, was one of the witnesses.
She said, "Rather than fostering intellectual diversity ... our colleges and universities are increasingly bastions of political correctness hostile to free exchange of ideas."
Horowitz's new organization, Students for Academic Freedom, has attracted students on about 90 campuses with the goal of demanding a more balanced point of view among faculty and in campus lecture series. They are promoting an Academic Bill of Rights as a policy statement for colleges to adopt so that students can enjoy intellectual diversity with fairness for conservative viewpoints.
It is refreshing that conservative students are increasingly fighting back against academic intolerance. Some conservative students at the University of Texas have begun compiling a "Professor Watch List" to warn students about professors who use their classes for liberal indoctrination.
Students have sued Shippensburg University, Texas Tech University and a California community college as part of a campaign to abolish the notorious campus speech codes. These students are backed by the Philadelphia-based Foundation for Individual Rights in Education.
A recent hearing by the Colorado State Legislature uncovered outrageous examples of classroom indoctrination and faculty retaliation. Students who are willing to come forth and expose some of these classroom outrages are invited to check out the Web site of Students for Academic Freedom at studentsforacademicfreedom.org .
Phyllis Schlafly is a national leader of the pro-family movement, a nationally syndicated columnist and author of Feminist Fantasies.
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