February 25, 2011

One might ask why the student who posted the note on the black organization’s memorial did not openly state his views in a letter to the school newspaper. The most obvious answer is that he”€™d be dead meat if he did. The administration and a vast array of heavily college-subsidized campus minority organizations would have bullied him out of the college. Most of the faculty, out of conviction or innate gutlessness, would have gone along with the harassment until the poor guy left the school or agreed to have his brain laundered by the appropriate certified professionals.

In addition to the PC lunacy that has gripped other former institutions of higher learning, certain other internal causes explain what has happened at the local college. In order to maintain high enrollment while putting up mega-buildings, the institution has scraped the barrel for students, and this task has entailed the inflation of departments with no conceivable content such as social work, primary education, and communications.

Those choosing such majors, as well as their instructors, are almost without exception noisy leftwing activists. This is not only due to the inherent bent of these mostly bogus disciplines. Political posturing at this college has become a substitute for academic learning. These majors usually attract sheltered and not very bright girls, who as one observer (a former principal of Queens University) remarked to me, have “€œnever been more than thirty miles away from their homes in central or eastern Pennsylvania.”€ But by complaining about the “€œbigotry”€ on campus, these girls can present themselves as intellectuals. By being political advocates, they might even be mistaken for academically engaged students.

One can”€™t help noticing at this particular college the remnants of its Protestant sectarian past. I have nothing but admiration for traditional Presbyterians, old-fashioned Congregationalists, and other such venerable offshoots of the English and continental Reformation. German Anabaptists are a different story. They infect everything they touch, particularly as they modernize. What had previously been quaint folk customs and attitudes among these secluded communities have turned into PC obsessions such as reaching out to the world as “€œglobal citizens,”€ proclaiming “€œChristendom”€ to have been the shared enemy of the Anabaptists and all non-Christians, and turning “€œequality”€ into a compulsory moral and social goal for all affluent, white, heterosexual Americans.

Instead of acting as a restraining force on this leftward slide, religion has instead provided major impetus for the debacle. Without the religious variable, the college would not have become quite as rapidly or hysterically the monument to PC that stands there today. This is what some historians characterize as “€œover-determination.”€ Too many things came together at once to prevent these idiocies from taking center stage.



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