Is the Lack of Support of Free Speech on College Campuses a Sign of a Bleaker Future?

The results of a survey in a recent Washington Post article bring more bad news for those of us fighting for free speech. The survey shows that many of our college students simply either do not understand or do not support the notion of free speech. Though I do not have the longitudinal work to confirm this, it seems to me that such anti-free speech attitudes are on the increase. Here are some highlights, or rather lowlights from this survey…. Read more

The Academic Reason Why There Are So Few Conservatives in Academia

It seems that about every six months or so I see an article arguing that the political or religious disparities in academia haves little to do with bias and much to do with self-selection. Read more

Needed: College Administrators with some Guts

In my last blog entry I pointed out several incidents where students were attempting to shut down free speech. In that blog I looked at research that suggested a larger strategy for how dealing with the emergence of the anti-free speech movement was for professors and diversity programs to be more sophisticated and nuanced. I have little doubt that some professors and diversity trainers would not want such a solution. Many of them are quite happy with the results they… Read more

Understanding and Combatting the Anti-Free Speech Movement on College Campuses

One way out of this situation is to teach real critical thinking. That means to provide a more nuanced presentation than complaining about cis heterosexual white men. Read more

This Class is not a Safe Space

Next week I am going to concentrate on the issue of academic freedom and the anti-free speech movement on college campuses. But today I will provide a paraphrased presentation I gave in my classes this semester. This is the talk I presented to my classes after I handed out my syllabus and told the students a little about myself. In these principles presented to my students, I think you will see how this relates to next week’s topic. (By the… Read more

Do Progressives Really Believe in Public Accommodation?

Last year I offered progressives an opportunity to show their ideological consistency. Many of them had affirmed that Christians have a right to be free in their own churches as long as they stayed out of the public square. I do not accept such a “deal.” I believe that conservative Christians have just as much of a right to the public square as any other group. But if progressives were being honest, then they should have been upset at Eric… Read more

What is Fake News?

A new word has entered our political discourse – fake news. It was the term first used by the Democrats to describe the fabrication of news stories that they believed doomed their candidate. The term has been co-opted by President Trump and the Republicans to denigrate news stories they do not like. So what has happened is now those on the left and on the right are hurling accusations of fake news stories at each other. There actually are efforts… Read more

Trump Will Not Save You

At one time, conservative Christians were highly likely link private morality to fitness for office. But not anymore. Read more

Can we Listen?

One of my facebook friends sent me this Ted video. She knows how much I have been preaching active listening. If you have 20 minutes, please view it. If you do not have 20 minutes right now, then I suggest you bookmark it for later. You will not be disappointed. Here is a quick synopsis of the video. A black man decided to go undercover on the alt-right. He created a profile of someone who would be sympathetic to the… Read more

Moral Weariness in a Trump World

President’s Trump argument that there was hate on all sides literally takes the wind out of the sails of those of us fighting some of the anti-free speech elements in the left. Read more

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