Burn witches: What St. Joseph’s University really wants to do.
They’re coming for you next: St. Joseph’s University in Pennsylvania last month suspended math professor Gregory Manco from teaching for the vile crime of simply expressing opinions opposing the payment of reparations to blacks for something (slavery) that hasn’t existed in the U.S. for more than 150 years.
The university’s only statement upon taking this action:
“We thank our students for bringing to our attention a possible violation of our values. The University launched an investigation into a report of bias. The faculty member will not be in the classroom or in a coaching role while the investigation is conducted,” Director of Public Relations and Media Gail Benner wrote in an email to The College Fix. [emphasis mine]
In other words, the values of this university are that no one can express any opinion its leaders do not like. With such values, this university would feel right at home in Nazi Germany and Soviet Russia.
Moreover, the university’s actions are a direct violation of its own policies [pdf], which state:
Saint Joseph’s strongly supports and protects the principle of academic freedom. All members of the University community have a right to use the academic forum, provided by the University, to discuss controversial subjects and to express ideas that some or most of the members of the community strongly oppose.
No matter. Free speech is only allowed for those who agree with the Marxist identity policies of the left. Everyone else must be crushed, forthwith, without mercy.
A month has passed since Manco’s suspension and the university’s “investigation” goes on, with no sign of progress, even though you can find out everything about this story in less than ten seconds of searching on line.
What must be emphasized again is that the opinions expressed by Manco against reparations were entirely reasonable, and in any sane and tolerant society would be read with interest. In one tweet for example he tried to show the utter injustice of reparations by this analogy:
Suppose your great-great-grandfather murdered someone. The victim’s great-great-grandson knocks on your door, shows you the newspaper from 1905, and demands compensation from you. Your response?”
To put it more bluntly, reparations are a bigoted fraud, aimed at taking wealth from whites (and other minorities) and giving it to blacks, merely because of the skin color of each. Moreover, everyone in America today is four to five generations removed from the crime of slavery, with a large majority likely not even descended from either slaves or slave-owners. My ancestors for example came to American around 1900, after having been oppressed for their religion in Russia. Why should I then have to be pay reparations for something neither I nor any of my ancestors had anything to do with?
St. Joseph’s is a private Catholic university, but I am sure it is receiving numerous state and federal grants. What do Pennsylvania state legislators think about this? And what about the church? Does it think it fine to punish professors merely for expressing wholly reasonable opinions?
And finally, what about the students and parents? Would you want to have your children attend such a close-minded and totalitarian institution? Would you as a high school student find this appealing?
I wouldn’t. But then I am an outlier in today’s intolerant and increasingly repressive culture. Nowadays, persecution like this is now cool, and is apparently supported by many.