Quick Takes – Trigger Warnings, Free-Expression Taxes, and an Open Letter

     Another “quick takes” on items where there is too little to say to make a complete article, but is still important enough to comment on.

     The focus this time: Free Speech & Higher Education.

     How far have we fallen as a society where being a porn star is worthy of praise while simply stating that sex should be reserved for marriage is subject to discrimination.  Mike Gonzalez, over at National Review Online, points out that this is sadly reality:

“The GSC [(StanfordGraduate Student Council)] last week voted to deny funding for an event organized by the Stanford Anscombe Society, a group that believes that sexual relations should be only within marriage, which they define as being between a man and a woman. The university itself told the Anscombe Society it could find the money elsewhere (how generous), after students raised objections that labeled the society’s work “hate speech.”

“So the Anscombe Society raised the money themselves from other sources and when they found the money this week, the university upped the ante, saying they’d have to pay an extra $5,600 for “security” — ten security personnel at a conference with an expected attendance of 120. The security was only deemed necessary after students at Stanford argued they felt threatened by the idea of the conference.”

     But then, according to the rabid Left, only speech they agree with is considered “free speech” while everything else is declared “H8” or “incorrect,” and is thus not protected.

     Over at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB), a crazy professor attacked pro-life demonstrators and stole their sign after an assault.

“It’s worth a reminder that this professor’s areas of study include ‘Pornography; Sex Work; Black Film, Popular Culture and Art; Feminist & Queer Theory; African American & African Diaspora Studies,’ all of which require confronting potentially upsetting material. So what exactly is the limit on what is permissible on university campuses?”

     This professor claims it wasn’t her fault because she was “triggered” to attack by the mere existence of the sign.  The violent and loony left are never responsible, aren’t they?  It’s just easier to blame other people if you can pin them with the gravest sin in the eyes of the rabid Left: “Privilege.”

     Further on the topic of UCSB, Bookworm of Bookworm’s Room has an open letter to their Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs:

“I don’t usually pay attention to what goes on in America’s campuses, having been fortunate enough to have walked off the last one almost 30 years ago. However, your recent email to UCSB students regarding Mireille Miller-Young’s decision to physically attack a teenage girl with whom she disagreed is so extraordinary that I believe you deserve to hear from one of the people who pays your salary (i.e., a California resident).

“I couldn’t help but notice that you’re black. Did you happen to know that New York City and Mississippi abort black babies in numbers far in excess of blacks’ representation in those respective populations? The number of black babies aborted in New York in 2012 (that would be 31,328) was greater than the number of black babies born in New York in 2012 (a mere 24,758). Moreover, although blacks are only 25% of the New York population, 42% of all New York abortions were black babies.

“Meanwhile, down in Mississippi, between 1994 and 2010, black women aborted 39,000 fetuses. Over the same period, white women aborted 14,500 fetuses. Put another way, over a 16 year period, black women had abortions at a rate more than twice that of white women. While blacks make up 37% of Mississippi’s population, they accounted for 72% of its abortions.

“Did you know that Margaret Sanger, Planned Parenthood’s founder, was a eugenicist who promoted abortion primarily as a way of ridding America of blacks and other ‘undesirables’?

“Knowing all this, are you sure you want to attack as divisive those people who are shocked that the most dangerous place in America for a black child is the womb?”

     The open letter just gets better from there, and is worth a full read.



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