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Social Justice Advocates Are Sadly Oblivious To Their Own Weakness

Social Justice Advocates Are Sadly Oblivious To Their Own Weakness

Over at one of my favorite blogs, Shadow to Light, you’ll find an insightful post from yesterday titled “Trying to Understand How Social Justice Advocates Think.” Blogger Mike there read through an essay from social justice advocate Nora Berenstain and found two themes to comment on: Tribalism: “Berenstain not only demonstrates tribalistic thinking, but seems to revel in it,” being “hyper-focused on race” (which does not appear to be an overstatement on Mike’s part), and setting one tribe against various…

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25 Truths Essential To Restoring Our Freedoms

25 Truths Essential To Restoring Our Freedoms

Happy Independence Day! Today, more than any Independence Day in my lifetime, is a day for thinking about what it will take for us to restore our freedoms in America. Freedom for some is being able to do what one wants. Better thinkers — including America’s Founders — have seen it rather as the freedom to do what is right, to do good, to practice virtue, to follow conscience. This is my view of freedom, yet for this Independence Day post I’m thinking…

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Doesn’t this university’s decision send a message that LGBT persons are more emotionally fragile?

Doesn’t this university’s decision send a message that LGBT persons are more emotionally fragile?

“Allowing an Anscombe Society event could cause suicides, a student claims.” An upcoming conference on heterosexual marriage is being denounced as hate speech by the Stanford Graduate Student Council (GSC), which is seeking to quash the event. Last week, the council at the top-ranked California university voted ten to two to deny funding for the event “Communicating Values: Marriage, Family, and Media,” sponsored by the Stanford Anscombe Society…. In the minutes (transcribed without editing), one student claims that “an event…

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Xe, Zir, Xyr: From “In Loco Parentis” to “Loco-Parental

Xe, Zir, Xyr: From “In Loco Parentis” to “Loco-Parental

Un-be-lievable. University of Tennessee tells staff and students to stop using ‘he’ and ‘she’ | Daily Mail Online They’re supposed to “start referring to one another with terms like ‘xe’, ‘zir’ and ‘xyr’ instead.” A gay-rights administrator there said, “the new language regime will make the university ‘welcoming and inclusive’ and stop people feeling ‘marginalized’.” The university did declare that the rules were not compulsory. Someone said they were absurd. I’d say that’s putting it mildly, but that would be putting…

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“The End of the University:” Substituting One Morality for Another

“The End of the University:” Substituting One Morality for Another

Very insightful, from Roger Scruton writing at First Things on The End of the University: Hence, despite their innate aspiration to membership, young people are told at university that they come from nowhere and belong to nothing: that all preexisting forms of membership are null and void. They are offered a rite of passage into cultural nothingness, since this is the only way to achieve the egalitarian goal. They are given, in place of the old beliefs of a civilization…

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Irony and Intolerance On Campus: Case Study at UNC Wilmington

Irony and Intolerance On Campus: Case Study at UNC Wilmington

So there was this student group at the University of North Carolina, Wilmington, you see, that was hosting a campus discussion on abortion. Maybe they should have known better than to have tried. It’s a rancorous issue everywhere, with religion right at the heart of the dispute, and of course everyone knows that one side of this debate in particular is pretty hard to get along with. Its people are closed-minded. They believe what they believe, and they won’t listen…

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Speech codes: The offense against LGBT people that no one seems to notice

Speech codes: The offense against LGBT people that no one seems to notice

Lydia McGrew performs a masterful analysis of events and reactions relating to a professor shutting down pro-natural marriage statements in class. Please read her post for the whole story and her insightful comments. I have just one or two things to add. She quotes a blogger, MarquettePhilosopher, who says, “I am in full support of Marquette’s Harassment policy and Harassment training, which, as I pointed out, clearly states that there is zero tolerance for comments that are hurtful to homosexuals.”…

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Student Criticized for Recognizing Gays’ and Christians’ Shared Humanity

Student Criticized for Recognizing Gays’ and Christians’ Shared Humanity

The Christian News Network posted an article last Thursday calling into question a Religion News Service opinion piece by Tré Goins-Phillips, an editor at Liberty University’s student newspaper, in which he called for common ground with homosexuals. I think I can see where the criticism comes from. That doesn’t mean I agree with it. I have a personal connection here, I’m glad to be able to say. Tré is a family friend, and has been since my wife and I…

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David Barash, Evolution, and God: Pretending Authority Far Beyond His Qualifications

David Barash, Evolution, and God: Pretending Authority Far Beyond His Qualifications

David Barash has a capital-T Talk he gives college students every year. He tells about it in a NY Times op-ed, God, Darwin and My College Biology Class: Every year around this time, with the college year starting, I give my students The Talk. It isn’t, as you might expect, about sex, but about evolution and religion, and how they get along. More to the point, how they don’t. Barash is a biologist, a professor at the University of Washington….

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