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February 26, 2005

Harvard President speaks out against orthodoxy from within the university

Posted by Jon Sanders at 11:59 PM

It's about time this was said. And the flap over at Harvard clearly illustrates the seriousness of this problem. Here's what the president of Harvard had to say:

In recent years, the threat of orthodoxy has come primarily from within rather than outside the university. Angered by prejudice in the outside world, many students and faculty have been vocal in criticizing bigotry, opposing war, attacking discrimination and oppression, and urging that curricula be opened to underrepresented authors and neglected points of view. Whether or not one accepts all the arguments advanced, it is perfectly legitimate to express them.

But zealous proponents have sometimes gone further to assemble a daunting list of ideas, words, and phrases — some of them quite familiar and seemingly innocuous — that one can utter only at the risk of being labeled racist, sexist, hegemonic, homophobic, patriarchal, gynophobic, or worse ... Much worse are deliberate attempts to harass professors, censor students, or disrupt speeches by visitors believed to hold unacceptable views on race, gender, foreign policy, or other controversial subjects.

But the above isn't by the current Harvard president, Lawrence Summers, under fire for uttering one of the no-no's on the list mentioned above. It was said fifteen years ago by former Harvard president Derek Bok, from the annual report to Harvard's Board of Overseers, academic year 1989-98, Harvard Magazine, May-June 1991, p. 41, as cited in Darío Fernández-Morera's American Academia and the Survival of Marxist Ideas (Praeger, 1996).

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Terri Schiavo — stay granted for another 3 weeks

Posted by Jon Sanders at 09:54 AM

Per this AP report. The framing of this story is rather odd, to be sure.

A judge gave Terri Schiavo's husband permission to remove the brain-damaged woman's feeding tube in three weeks, handing him a victory in his effort to carry out what he says were his wife's wishes not to be kept alive artificially.

First, no victory has been won on either side yet — Terri's life still hangs in the balance of the courts. This ruling was advantageous for the Schindlers (Terri's family) and the protection of life in this country. It was a setback for Michael Schiavo, who could have begun starving his wife to death last Tuesday were it not for Judge Greer's emergency stays.

You can learn more about this at BlogsforTerri — see the videos and decide for yourself Terri is in the "persistent vegetative state as court-appointed doctors have ruled."

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