PRIDE: Progressives Rejecting Intellectual Diversity Explode
by Mike Adams
If you are reading my column, you are familiar with the claim that campus administrators often seek to deprive young conservatives of the ability to defend their beliefs in the marketplace of ideas. But you may not have heard the claim that campus administrators often deprive young leftists of the ability to defend their beliefs in the marketplace of ideas. The latter contention is the subject of the present column. It begins with a salient example from my own campus, UNC-Wilmington.
Here on my campus, a bold Christian organization called Ratio Christi often seeks to open up the marketplace of ideas in an environment sorely lacking in intellectual diversity. They seek to do this in at least two important ways:
-First, when people who have different beliefs bring in speakers and sponsor programs, they go and ask questions in a respectful manner. I’ve never heard a single report that they have been disrespectful in any way when they attend the events of their opponents.
– Second, when they bring in their own speakers and sponsor their own programs, they invite the opposition so people can ask questions in a respectful manner.
Recently, Ratio Christ decided to invite four “opposition” groups to my forthcoming lecture on abortion on February 26th. The groups they chose were the College Democrats, People Recognizing Individual Differences Exist (PRIDE), National Abortion Rights Action League (NARAL), and the Women’s Studies Student Association (WSSA).
Predictably, none of the organizations accepted the invitation to attend. Their responses speak volumes about the pathetic state of discourse on our college campuses. The first response is from the College Democrats:
Our party’s views do not align with the views of the speaker. Therefore, we as an organization will not be attending.
This is unfortunate because campus conservatives have taken a different approach. For example, several recent university events have endorsed the pro-choice view – even to the point of celebrating late-term abortion. Those events were attended by College Republicans, Pro-Life Libertarians, and, as mentioned previously, members of Ratio Christi.
As disappointing as the Democrats answer was – it paled in comparison with the joint response offered by PRIDE, NARAL, and the WSSA…
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