School fires teacher for praising western civilization


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They’re coming for you next: A California private school, covering elementary through high school grades and catering to Hollywood celebrities, fired one of its teachers in May for praising western civilization.

On the 5th of May, the American Freedom Alliance convened a conference on leftist radicalism. Before David Horowitz stepped up to the podium to discuss the threat of leftist extremism, Dr. Karen Siegemund, the president of the AFA, welcomed the attendees by speaking to our common values. “Each of us here believes in the unparalleled force for good that is Western Civilization, that is our heritage, whether we were born here or not,” she said.

After Dr. Siegemund and Horowitz’s remarks, a panel discussed radicalism in the school system.

The day after this event, Dr. Siegemund was informed by Le Lycée Français de Los Angeles, the school where she had taught mathematics for four years and where she had studied as a child, that her contract would not be renewed because she had praised western civilization.

The conference, which had addressed leftist radicalism in educational institutions, had struck home.

“On Monday, I was informed that my teaching contract won’t be renewed because of my ‘widely publicized views,’” Dr. Siegemund said. “You know, I’d always known I was vulnerable – of course. We on the right all know how vulnerable we are. But when it happens – when you actually become a victim, a casualty of this Long March, of the Left’s silencing tactics, it’s truly breathtaking.” [emphasis mine]

The key here is that the modern cultural left is not interested in other points of view. Either you agree with them, or you are evil and must be squashed. Or as Orwell said, speaking of the socialist/communist attitude toward power in 1984:

If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face — forever.

Orwell’s book was supposed to a warning to the future. Instead, for the left it has become an instruction manual. As spoken by those in power in Orwell’s book,

Don’t you see that the whole aim of Newspeak is to narrow the range of thought? In the end we shall make thoughtcrime literally impossible, because there will be no words in which to express it. Every concept that can ever be needed, will be expressed by exactly one word, with its meaning rigidly defined and all its subsidiary meanings rubbed out and forgotten…The process will still be continuing long after you and I are dead. Every year fewer and fewer words, and the range of consciousness always a little smaller.

The demonizing of western civilization and American history is all part of a comparable effort to make that knowledge inaccessible to future generations. And it appears that too many modern Americans are too cowardly to fight that effort.

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2 comments

  • Dick Eagleson

    Can’t say I’m especially surprised. Elite private schools – excepting those run by Catholic orders – in deep blue states like CA have been easily keeping pace with the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution Redux that’s been underway in colleges and universities in more high-profile fashion.

    Notable, and also notably hot alumnae of Le Lycee Francais in show business include Christie Brinkley, Jodie Foster, Molly Ringwald Kelli Williams, Claire Danes, Jessica Biel and Mika Boorem. Foster, Ringwald, Danes, Biel and Boorem were all established actresses in childhood or by their early teens so their presence on this list was nearly inevitable. The school does not manage to snap up absolutely every celebrated female child star, but it gets a lot of them.

    The ones Le Lycee Francais doesn’t get tend to wind up at Campbell Hall, probably Le Lycee Francais’s closest competitor in the child star recruitment wars. Among its alumnae are Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, their younger sister Elizabeth Olsen, Dakota and Elle Fanning and Ariel Winter.

    So if you wonder why young Hollywood seems so daftly left-wing, now you know.

  • mike shupp

    Hmmm… Looking at YouTube. <I?The American Freedom Alliance is a non-partisan, non aligned movement which promotes, defends and upholds Western values and ideals. The Alliance sponsors conferences, publishes opinions, distributes information and creates networking groups to identify threats to Western civilization and to motivate, educate and unite citizens in support of that cause.

    Here is where you will find videos that support our mission and the Alliance's conference's programs, publications, websites and networking groups as we develop tools and strategies to counter the ideologies which underlie these threats, which include radical Islam, moral and cultural relativism, appeasement and excessive emphasis on multiculturalism.

    I’m going to make a wild guess here, and suggest that just maybe the people running the Lycee told themselves something like “This woman has political views which aren’t the same as ours, aren’t the same as many of the parents of our students, and aren’t the same as many parents who might consider placing their children at our school. We’ve been patient but at some point, enough is enough.”

    Which is their right, after all. Employers have a lot of power to control the speech and deeds of their employees, and conservatives tend to be comfortable with thqt. Would many people reading Behind The Black be terriby upset if Dr. Siegemund had been discharged for trying to unionize the teaching staff at the Lycee?

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