Let me second your editorial and then some--because the problem isn't just a university problem. Conservatives need to realize that "little guys" like me are in a lot of trouble. The average person must endure a workplace where he or she has to face what that House Master at Yale had to face. I could give you countless examples.
Yes, indeed, all of this comes from federal law, so why not craft a Charter of Freedom? Have conservative writers join together and make a BIG statement. Get Rubio and Cruz to jointly introduce it.
Start with the universities: The standard must be reasonable doubt, all proceedings must be on record, the investigating officials cannot be the ones who make the decisions, the accused in university cases have all the rights that the Constitution and case law provides to defendants, all criminal cases must be investigated solely by the police of the town because campus cops are agents of the university and incapable of disinterest, free speech is absolute, no student may be punished for disagreeing with a professor.
Move on to the schools: No school that receives federal money may force a child to see a member of the opposite biological sex naked. All laws that apply to sexual harassment, including indecent exposure, apply to schools.
Move on to the workplace: An employee who investigates the political beliefs of others creates a hostile workplace. A business that requires a discussion of the attitudes of some employees because of the demands of others also creates a hostile workplace.
Did you know that the MCAT now has a huge section on correct thought? Eliminate that. "No institution of learning may require an admission test on anything other than knowledge directly relevant to the skills they themselves teach."
The list goes on, but it is a campaign issue that would light the country up.
I'm sure this suggested legislation, quickly sketched by my correspondent, could be enlarged upon and improved. But the important insight is that this whole issue needs to be addressed in a broad way--which means, at least in part, politically. If the fights for freedom are fought separately in schools, workplaces, etc, we can lose to salami tactics. The bigger and broader and more public the fight, the better the chances for the forces of freedom.
Justice Anthony Kennedy, while dictating one of the most sweeping social changes in history in his opinion in the Obergefell v. Hodges case that legalized same-sex marriage across America, waxes magnanimous towards foes of the expansion of the millennia-old definition of marriage.
On June 15, 1215, a band of frustrated and rebellious nobles forced King John to sign a “Great Charter” at Runnymede, a swampy field twenty miles west of London. At the time, few would have suspected the importance of the document, which was annulled by the Pope a mere nine days later.
Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal talked about religious liberty on NBC's Meet the Press this morning:
"Well let me ask you this," Todd said. "Do you agree with some other folks and conservatives that you think Governor Pence and Governor Hutchinson in Arkansas and Indiana have essentially caved too much pressure?"
Hong Kong On the evening of Saturday, October 4, enormous crowds gathered in downtown Hong Kong at the main site of the democracy protests that have dominated the affairs of this city of 7.2 million for weeks. They filled an eight-lane thoroughfare in the center of the Admiralty business district, spilling out around the adjacent government office complex. Banners hanging from overpasses demanded democracy and denounced the deeply unpopular, Beijing-appointed chief executive, CY Leung.
School bakes sales, that is, and the authority to regulate them. Agrarian types thought, quaintly, that authority as to the suitability of chocolate should be reserved to the states. Those who dreamed of a mightier union thought otherwise.
Yesterday, the Supreme Court ruled that the Obama administration has violated federal law in its implementation of Obamacare. Specifically, it has violated the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), a law passed (almost unanimously) twenty years ago by a Democratic House and Senate and signed into law by Democratic President Bill Clinton. Adam White provides a nice overview and analysis of the ruling. I just wanted to highlight a few aspects of it.
Twenty-five years have passed since a lone man stood in front of Chinese tanks and dared to defy Beijing’s crackdown on pro-democracy protesters. His bold challenge to the Chinese Communist Party was one of history’s most profound reminders of the insatiable human desire to live free even in the face of terrifying state power.
Support for the decision of Brandeis University not to award Ayaan Hirsi Ali an honorary degree, after previously announcing it would do so, has coalesced around the notion that while Islamic radicalism can be criticized, even condemned, one cannot criticize Islam itself. By condemning both, and by implying strongly that Radical Islam and Islam are indistinguishable, Ms. Ali—so the argument goes—not only does not deserve an honorary degree; she is, in fact, a bigot.