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I'm befuddled!

Posted by A. Bundy at November 29, 2008 02:28 PM

Oy vey! So get this - I've got a bunch of gay students, one of whom consistently says "that's gay" when she wants to imply that something or someone's actions are stupid. When I asked her about the appropriateness of using that phrase and how it applied a derogatory value judgment on a group of people, she told me that she wasn't bothered by it. Other gay students are bothered by that, though. I think that college is just setting itself up for problems with it's Orwellian thought police - just imagine trying to bring my little lesbian friend up for disciplinary action because she called something "gay."

Lemme say it again: oy vey!

Posted by Bronwen at November 29, 2008 09:05 PM

Your reaction to the Queens University policy of implementing a literal "speech police" force is WAY too mild, IMO. This is precisely what happens in totalitarian regimes like the old Soviet Union and present-day North Korea. Just what sort of action does the university plan to take against students who dare to voice inappropriate opinions or who use language deemed "offensive" to certain groups? Will they be required to attend "sensitivity training" classes, much like dissidents in the aforementioned dictatorships were forced into "re-education" to "correct" their thinking?

Any parent who values freedom of speech -- and thought -- should avoid sending their son or daughter to any college that has such an Orwellian policy, and should voice their objection loudly and publicly. Before it's too late.

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