Doesn’t exist at the University of San Diego.
The new dark age of silencing: Nicholas Ratekin, a masters student at the University of San Diego (USD), was fired from a teaching position, and then booted from the school’s masters program, because he apparently had a “Keep America Great” bumper sticker on his car.
Ratekin is now suing the university for kicking him out without cause. More information here.
As part of the requirements for Ratekin to earn his masters at USD, he needed to also do some student teaching. To do so he got a job a local high school, Canyon Crest Academy. He also worked there as the head coach of the high school’s water polo team, leading the team to back-to-back championships in his first two years of coaching.
Apparently, Ratekin made it a point to avoid discussing politics, both at USD and at the high school. However, because of his bumper stick, his colleagues at both assumed he was a Republican and Trump supporter and began harassing him. They could not tolerate having anyone from a different political party working with them. It was be a Democrat or be nothing.
When Ratekin complained to his superiors at USD about the harassment, the university immediately used its clout to get him removed from his teaching position at the high school, even though his class evaluations there were positive. It also apparently got the high school to fire him as the polo team’s head coach. Then USD followed up by having him dismissed from the master’s program, also entirely without cause.
Ratekin has since gotten his masters degree from another university. He however is suing USD for its actions to blackball him.
The complaint argues USD had a contractual obligation to allow him to continue his education and that it was a breach of contract and discriminatory to fire him for his political views.
The lawsuit against the University of San Diego lodges eight causes of action, including breach of contract and breach of the covenant of good faith and fair dealing. Ratekin also alleges untrue and misleading advertising from the university, referring to its policy to create “an atmosphere of trust, safety and respect in a community characterized by a rich diversity of people and ideas.”
I hope he wins, but I do not have much hope. Documenting such harassment is difficult. Linking the harassment to the actions of a college administration is even tougher, since the harassers and the administrations work together to hide their partnership.
More to the point, we need to underline the level of intolerance that now exists at this university. Its faculty can no longer stand the presence of anyone who belongs to the Republican Party. To them, the U.S. must now become a one-party state, with that party being the Democratic Party.
Would you want your children educated by these close-minded petty dictators?
Nor is this incident the only example of such intolerance at the University of San Diego. In April I reported how a law professor was under investigation and threatened with firing for daring to criticize China for its role in the start of the COVID-19 epidemic. The students at the school apparently put together a petition, claiming his comments left them “feeling vulnerable and helpless so that students cannot balance their studies.”
Would you as a student want to attend such an institution, with such a narrow-minded student body?
Academia in America is no longer a place of learning and open-mindedness. It has become instead a propaganda house for leftist politics and a vehicle for attacking and destroying anyone who opposes those ideas.
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