Alma College Faculty Object to Ben Carson Speech

Ben Carson is speaking at Alma College, the beloved alma mater of one of my dear friends, for their annual Honors Day and some of the faculty at the university are quite unhappy about that. They just published an open letter objecting to Carson’s speech for very good reasons:

Our position has nothing to do with whether a speaker is liberal or conservative, nor would this be as much a concern if an individual or campus group sponsored the event. We accept that he has his admirers. However, the college itself is sponsoring this event.

It does not take away from Dr. Carson’s impressive earlier career to insist that many of his more recent statements are at odds with our values as an institution. His assertion that Obamacare is as bad as slavery and comparing the United States to Nazi Germany are ahistorical. His labeling the president a psychopath is not just at odds with basic civil discourse in an academic community, but is not supported by any commonly accepted form of psychological analysis, nor is his assertion that homosexuality is a choice based on the supposed conversion of inmates’ sexual orientation while in prison. Comparing the passionate commitment of ISIS fighters with that of the founding fathers of the United States and suggesting that the new Advanced Placement history curriculum could lead one to want to join ISIS are similarly not examples of the critical thinking we seek to encourage in students.

That paragraph could have been much longer, of course. Carson has spent the last year making one outrageous and inane claim after another.

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  • tbp1

    Cue outraged accusations of censorship and racism in 3…2…1…

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    Carson has spent the last year making one outrageous and inane claim after another.

    Look, gay is a choice. That’s why people go gay in prison. And since these gayhomos go hetero when they are released, heterosexuality is a choice, too, which is why we need to make sure that I start over again, then skip the part where I undermine whatever my argument is.

  • John Pieret

    There’s another reason not to invite Carson. After his experience over the last year, the shock of not being wildly cheered, and perhaps being outright booed, when he lets forth with one of his pandering inanities might send him into cardiac arrest. Think of the arteries!

  • grumpyoldfart

    That paragraph could have been much longer, of course. Carson has spent the last year making one outrageous and inane claim after another.

    Well at least he’s not thinking about running for President.

  • fusilier

    An appropriate student response would be for the bagpipe band to play “Wee Hieland Laddie” during his entire speech.

    (A niece-of-convenience did her undergraduate degree there.)

    fusilier

    James 2:24

  • http://kamakanui.zenfolio.com Kamaka

    Oh, gee thanks fusilier, I needed a free religion lesson today. Wouldn’t want to think for myself or anything.

  • anubisprime

    But still the college invited Carson, either someone who was in charge of such appointments was not paying attention to their invitee’s demeanor or someone is completely clueless…there is of course the possibility that someone knew all to well and Carson’s rhetoric has a sympathetic ear, with the privileged position to promote the asshole…

    Not cool and which way and kudos to the faculty for speaking up.

  • Michael Heath

    Letter from Alma faculty members:

    Our position has nothing to do with whether a speaker is liberal or conservative . . .

    This is absurdly wrought denialism. Ben Carson is an exemplary type of modern-day conservative, the conservative Christian kind. He isn’t outlier, he illustrates the very type of thinking we see from 25% of the country’s voters – those being conservative Christians.

    ‘No true Scotsman’ arguments are rarely compelling. It’s worse when we see it from the very people that are chartered with teaching people how to think critically.

  • fusilier

    @6 Kamaka.

    You are most welcome; glad you appreciate the sig line I’ve been using for over 15 years.

    Fundigelicals in particular get very upset when they read it.

    fusilier

    James 2:24

  • Trebuchet

    @ fusilier: I had to look it up, and it’s worth placing here for those even lazier than me:

    “You see that a person is considered righteous by what they do and not by faith alone.”

  • http://kamakanui.zenfolio.com Kamaka

    it’s worth placing here

    To what end?

  • David Eriksen

    it’s worth placing here

    To what end?

    Well, for one thing it’s one of the main quotes that leads to arguments between Christian sects over the value of faith versus works. More relevant to this thread, it pints out that even scripture states that all the proclamations of faith in the world don’t amount to much if you’re still an asshole.

    davideriksen

    Revelation 22:20

  • David Eriksen

    Obviously, I meant points, not pints. I think I might have had too many of one of those.

  • http://kamakanui.zenfolio.com Kamaka

    it’s one of the main quotes that leads to arguments between Christian sects over the value of faith versus works

    Faith has no value. A ghost has more substance than faith.

    Rev 22:20? What preposterous nonsense. After 2000 years you’re still waiting?

  • dingojack

    kamaka – really? All this, and you’re bitching about the literal reading of bible passages?

    John 11:35

    Dingo

  • http://kamakanui.zenfolio.com Kamaka

    Hey dingojack, making jebus cry is one of my favorite pasttimes.

    I’m not bitching.

  • David Eriksen

    I guess I’ll blame myself for the joke not being transparent enough. I’d have thought the absurdity of that line taken out of context would be a dead giveaway.

  • http://kamakanui.zenfolio.com Kamaka

    @ 17

    Y’know, I would think most people should find the entire bible to be absurd. But they don’t.

    Now excuse me while I go adjust my sarcasm meter.