For every Bennish or White using their position to spread their virulent anti-American views, there are five Ward Churchill's in colleges and universities with lifetime tenure to spread their poison all the while being supported by the taxpayers whose values they openly mock and treat with contempt.
Worse still, many universities and colleges are completely dominated by these bigoted rabid left wingers who use their clout to eliminate any opposing views, either on the part of less rabid faculty members or students.
To illustrate that point, here's the latest from Daniel Pipes:
Yep, all this being paid for with the tax money provided by the hard working citizens of Pennsylvania and likely a chunk of federal money too.
"Bad News From Slippery Rock:" For a report from the trenches, I suggest the calm, factual testimony of Alan Levy, author of eight well received books on American cultural and social issues, who has taught history for 21 years at Slippery Rock University in Pennsylvania, a state-funded institution located north of Pittsburgh.
Founded in 1889, with more than 7,500 students, it accepts four-fifths of its applicants and represents the middle to lower ranks of American higher education.
Mr. Levy, who enjoys tenure, informed the Select Committee on Academic Freedom of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives about the muck of political correctness, group-think, and dishonesty at Slippery Rock.
- His testimony warrants reading in full (at http://hnn.us/articles/23231.html), but here are some highlights:
- At least one full professor falsified her credentials, claiming to have published two books when she had none to her credit.
- Not classroom or scholarly excellence, but being active in the faculty union "can be a major factor in regard to tenure and promotions."
- Instructors are so politicized that "students gain the clear sense that the way to good grades is simply to parrot back to the professors what they want to hear in regard to political viewpoints."
- One feminist professor "openly commences her classes with the unashamed statement that she teaches from a feminist perspective and that no other outlooks are welcome before her."
- The committee that reviews curriculum changes has "a custom of looking at the bibliography and asking only one major question: Is there a 50% representation of women among the authors in the bibliography?"
- The night when The Vagina Monologues, a feminist play called "poisonously anti-male" by Christina Hoff Sommers, was staged on campus, a professor who had critiqued the play found a load of trash dumped on his lawn and a stone hurled through a window of his car.
Mr. Levy concludes that at Slippery Rock "we do not have an environment that is conducive to academic freedom." More generally, he said that the 14 campuses making up the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education "have seen the steady erosion of academic quality and academic freedom." To me, he added "There is some excellent work done at Slippery Rock. However, it takes place not because of but in spite of an unhealthy corporate culture dominated by administrative and faculty-union bureaucrats."