The Ghost of Snapped Shot

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"The Examiner" on GMU: Brilliant!

Barbara Hollingsworth of the Washington Examiner, a local paper here in the D.C. Metro Area, has written up a very eloquent piece describing the inherent problems with appeasing slices of the student body at a public institution. Be sure to check out the whole article, since he did a far better job of describing the situation than I did, but here's a quick takeaway for you:

The paradox strains logic. Church and state remain firmly separated on campuses where the majority of students are Christian, Jewish or of no faith, but administrators toss the principle right out the window to satisfy a minority of Muslim students. Many college officials are granting prerogatives to Muslim students in the United States and Canada that are not permitted to other groups. For instance, the Ontario Human Rights Commission regards failure to make special accommodations for Muslim students, including inserting “Islamic perspectives” into secular curriculums like nursing and finance, as a form of “Islamophobia.” Expect similar political correct demands soon on American campuses.

Where does the insanity stop? How much appeasement is enough?

(Thanks to Larwyn for bringing Barbara's article to my attention!)

Update: Bryan over at Hot Air is spot on here!

Correction: Mark Tapscott did not write the article being discussed, Barbara Hollingsworth, the Washington Examiner's local opinion editor did. Excellent work, Barbara—and my apologies for my dreadful mistake, Mark!



#1 Mark Tapscott 14-May-2007
Actually, Barbara Hollingsworth, The Washington Examiner's local opinion editor, wrote the editorial.
#2 forest 14-May-2007
My wife works at a university, and just today she e-mailed to tell me we are responsible for bringing baked beans and potato salad to the office picnic. I asked if it would be appropriate to make traditional baked beans with bacon and German potato salad. She thought it was a ridiculous question, but, you know, people have been accused of "racism" for less - especially in a university setting.

We are in a "Pennsylvania Dutch" area, and having a good homemade Alsatian-style potato salad would be part of learning about the local culture. Even if eating it is against someone's beliefs, there's nothing wrong with seeing the local customs etc. At least that used to be the idea behind a liberal arts education...

I don't expect any grief on this one, but it's pathetic that I even had to think about it.
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