Georgia Tech President Wayne Clough (firstname.lastname@example.org) has finally succeeded. His goal upon taking charge of the school was to transform it into a real university (not just an “institute”) where tolerance is emphasized more than academic achievement. One look at the following note tells you just how much Tech has changed since Clough took over:
A V-Day wish for own very own Ruth Malhotra: This Valentine’s Day, you cannot attack gay marriage. It is about love and you are about hate.
This Valentine’s Day, you cannot condemn a woman’s choice. It is about love and you are about hate.
This Valentine’s Day, you cannot protest The Vagina Monologues. It is about love and you are about hate.
No, this Valentine’s Day, you will be raped. Sex is about love and through it you will experience hate. I cannot wait.
The note you just read was written to Ruth Malhotra because she decided to file suit against Georgia Tech. She wanted to, among other things, nullify a speech code that was being enforced selectively against conservative speech at Georgia Tech.
Now that Ruth and her co-plaintiff Orit have defeated the speech code in federal court, supporters of the speech code are angry. Because they are opposed to hate speech, they want to see Ruth raped, killed, and choked. In fact, Georgia Tech student Jenny Rainwater had this to say to Ruth:
I want you to remember this, Ruth. You are in no place to judge or hate any other human being. It is NOT your job to determine the spiritual cleanliness of anyone. Only GOD may deem the worthy and and [sic] unworthy. You are a sinner. We are all sinners. And in assuming the role of GOD, you are sinning. Ruth...all sin is equal in the eyes of the LORD. Damning homosexuals doesn't make you a better Christian; it makes you a worse one. And if, as so many fundamentalists say, you are simply trying to bring these sheep gone astray to the way and the light that is HIM, do you really think damning them is the way to go about it? JESUS LOVES YOU NO MATTER WHO YOU ARE, and *that* is the message you should be sending. Not one of intolerance.
I hope one day you can open your mind, and, more importantly, open your heart. Regards, Jenny Rainwater.
The saddest part of this note is not that is says “you are in no place to judge” just three sentences before it says “you are a sinner.” Nor is it the fact it says “you are in no place to…hate” after its author threatened to choke its recipient.
It isn’t even the fact that Rainwater used her Georgia Tech email address (email@example.com) to say “i really want to choke you bitch” in April of 2006 while Tech’s speech code was still in effect.
The saddest part of this note is that it was written by a student at Georgia Institute of Technology. Let that sink in for a moment.
Intelligent people understand that the people who see “hate speech” everywhere are among the most unhinged members of our society. They also realize that universities with speech codes and widespread emphasis on tolerance and diversity will attract these unhinged students disproportionately.
Intelligent people understand these things but not Wayne Clough. After losing the speech code aspect of the lawsuit he continues to fight on with the other components of the case, which he will also surely lose. And the Georgia taxpayers are footing the bill while Clough sides with these lunatics.
Author’s Note: Dr. Adams sincerely regrets that he delayed announcing the results until February. Also, Rosie O’Donnell and Natalie Maines both deserve honorable mention. Each will get a gift certificate to Krispy Kreme Doughnuts and a one-way plane ticket to Havana.