Moral Contradictions

Thursday, March 24, 2005

Monkeys and the Conservative Arts

Rep. Dennis Baxley wants to give the right to college students in Florida to sue their professors if they hear "Evolution is a fact" and they disagree. The bill passed the House Choice and Innovation Committee by party lines and has two more committees to go through before reaching the floor.

Baxley wants to stomp out (I'm not kidding) "leftist totalitarianism" by "dictator professors". Supposedly he wants "rightest totalitarianism" to win out the day.

When you hear something you don't agree with, I believe you need to stand up and prepare to defend yourself. If you cannot defend yourself, sit down and listen to why the professor believe's he/she is correct. If you still don't believe them, there are and must be other recourses besides suing them.

Universities are where academic freedom is encouraged. Dissenting views help students explore other people's beliefs and views and can serve to either modify their personal beliefs or *gasp* strengthen their own.

He's essentially accusing some professors as being intolerant of conservative views. His solution? Promote intolerantness by granting the "persecuted" the right to sue.

Dangerous precedents could be set here if this bill goes through. Professors no longer will become experts of their field: lawyers and judges will. I'm waiting for the day when "liberal arts" are vigorously attacked for being too, well, liberal.

Another article

More about Rep. Baxley

Baxley unhappy about the "liberal" University of Florida

2 Comments:

  • Oh, wow! BRILLIANT post. I just stumbled across this blog and must do more reading here. Lawsuits, lawsuits, lawsuits. The antidote to intelligent debate.

    People rush to a lawyer as soon as they hear something unfamiliar because their own sense of direction and ethics are so FUCKING shaky that they fear being "converted". If you know who you are, you don't sue other people for being themselves.

    You have pissed me off, and that makes me like you.

    Stop by http://citricritic.blogspot.com for a more derisive take on the world. And won't you enter my KILT Contest while you're there (scroll to find). We need people like you.

    Citrus

    By Blogger Yvonne, at Thursday, March 24, 2005 8:39:00 AM  

  • Sorry for the delay in response, but thank you for reading. I checked out the KILT thing and most of my so-called witty lines were pretty much already written. Enjoy!

    By Blogger Nathan, at Friday, March 25, 2005 8:14:00 AM  

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