No free speech allowed at St. Olaf College.
The new dark age of silencing: David Anderson, the president of St. Olaf College in Minnesota, has removed the director of the school’s Institute for Freedom & Community, Edmund Santurri, because Santurri apparently encouraged too much free speech by inviting a wide range of speakers to lecture at the institute.
The lecture that appeared to draw the most objections was by Peter Singer, who has expressed controversial views about disabled people. An appearance by John McWhorter — who has argued some anti-racism initiatives go too far in stifling debate — was also reportedly controversial.
Singer has for decades often advocated in favor of abortion and even infanticide. McWorter meanwhile opposes the racist principles of critical race theory. To put it mildly, these speakers indicated the sincerity of Santurri’s effort to bring a wide range of political thought to St. Olaf.
When Anderson removed Santurri, he explained his reasons were because the lectures arranged by Santurri had “created a new enemies of the Institute.” Anderson also justified the action because he had received complaints from the college’s board of regents as well as others at the college.
Since you can’t have freedom of speech without someone getting offended, Anderson was essentially admitting that he and others at the college do not support free speech. Only speech that offends no one can be permitted, which means the ability of St. Olaf to teach its students rational and independent thought is impossible. Instead, the college will churn out close-minded individuals who believe that if they are offended by anything someone says, they have the right to silence that person.
Nor am I making this up. The students at St. Olaf have already demonstrated this close-minded, such as in 2017 when they organized protests that verged on violence because of a racist note found on a car (which also turned out to be a hoax perpetrated by a student. The hysteria of those protests illustrate my point:
Protesters also allegedly visited the campus library to gather more students for their protest. A source who reached out to The College Fix on Monday via email said a friend of hers was working in the library Saturday evening and was allegedly pushed aside by a throng of student protesters who demanded she turn over the library intercom for them to make an announcement. “When she refused, they stormed the circulation desk and forcibly grabbed the intercom mic to make their announcement,” said the source, who wished to remain anonymous for safety concerns. “They also ripped the phone out of her hand and off the wall when she tried to call the police.” [emphasis mine]
The highlighted words indicate the true atmosphere at St. Olaf. This is not a safe campus for free and open thought. People are afraid, because the bullies there rule, and enforce that rule by violence.
Do your children attend this college? Are you or your kids thinking of attending it? Why? I would flee this ugly place so fast it would make the comic book hero The Flash appear to be moving in slow motion. And if you have donated or are thinking of donating to the college and believe in freedom and the first amendment, you might want to contact David Anderson and tell him what you think of his oppressive administration.
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