Doesn’t exist at the University of San Diego.
They’re coming for you next: A law professor at the University of San Diego, Tom Smith, is now under formal investigation and could possibly be fired for a blog post on his own webpage where he strongly criticized China and its role in the start of COVID-19.
When he first published the March 10 post, the USD Law School placed him under investigation, citing complaints of bias. Now, the law school has sent his case to administration for a formal review.
The review comes as a petition circulates demanding Smith resign or be fired, alleging he has a history of saying and writing things some find offensive.
Signed by the USD Law Student Bar Association presidents for this school year and the next, they claim in the petition Smith’s alleged comments have left some in the USD law community feeling vulnerable and helpless so that students cannot balance their studies or “prepare for our futures in the legal profession.” [emphasis mine]
Beside the fact that it is utterly wrong for the university to investigate this man for simply expressing his opinion on line, the highlighted words — “feeling vulnerable and helpless” — illustrate starkly the total close-mindedness of the left’s modern blacklisting effort to any opinions outside its frame of reference.
Freedom of speech means giving everyone the right to express any opinions, no matter how much they offend you. If you are open-minded and tolerant, you listen calmly, absorb the reasoning (if there is any), and decide whether you need to include that opinion in your conclusions. If anything, accepting the right of others to offend you not only strengthens your own opinions, giving them more depth by including ideas they may have missed, it strengthens you as a person. You grow stronger, because you have refused to allow your childish emotions to rule you. You are acting like an adult.
You don’t cower in fear, “feeling vulnerable and helpless,” as do very young children. If you do, and you are older than ten, you are a very sad and pathetic human being.
Moreover, this logic applies all the more to those holding leadership positions in any organization, be it university, corporation, or social media site. When someone comes complaining that another person’s opinion has made them “feel vulnerable and helpless” and demands the blackballing of that person, those leaders shouldn’t cower in fear themselves and obey these demands. They instead should take a quick look, recognize that the demands are only responding to an opinion the complainant doesn’t like, and then shrug, thank them politely for their concern, and do nothing. Such infantile behavior does not deserve respect. Nor does it justify any action against the offending speaker, in almost any situation.
Or at least, that’s what sane, tolerant, and mature people do. What we have today is a society where those in leadership positions have bought into this leftist childish dogma that those on the left have the right to never be offended by anything. Someone throws a tantrum like two-year-old toddler, everyone else is expected to immediately feed them candy to shut them up.
Worse, for university officials to bow to such tantrums is exactly what university officials should never do. Universities are supposed to be in the business of teaching their students to be open-minded, thoughtful, mature, and thinking individuals. To become so requires exposure to as many points of view as possible, in order to train the person to be able to consider them all, and not cringe in fear from ideas they think are wrong or radical.
Instead, modern American universities, as shown here at the University of San Diego, seem to be in the business of teaching the exact opposite. Students are allowed to shout down and destroy those they disagree with so that diversity of opinion is squelched. What we now have in academia — and at the University of San Diego — is a sterile, empty, and armed camp, with no freedom of thought at all.
This has to end, or else civilization will fall. Assuming that it isn’t too late and civilization hasn’t fallen already.