Moonbat Central, a blog run by David Horowitz' crew at Frontpage Magazine and dedicated to exposing leftist insanity, brings up another round of campus stupidity at my alma mater Southern Illinois University. If the Jonathan Bean affair in the History Department wasn't bad enough, now the school has revoked RSO (Registered Student Organization) status for the Christian Legal Society. The student group has appealed on the grounds that they have never denied entry into the organization based on religion. The most interesting reading is here:
Incredibly, SIU claims the Christian Legal Society chapter’s requirement that its voting members and leaders adhere to basic Christian beliefs violates the university’s affirmative action policy. A campus group devoted to promoting jihad and terrorism would of course be permissible.The last sentence is extremely inflammatory, but also sadly true. I remember a spring of 1999 rally for Palestine where the students in charge called for open violence towards Israel and its sympathizers.
The Christian Legal Society has not denied membership or leadership positions to those with differing religious beliefs according to the article. How many people of differing faiths have applied to join isn't known, but if you profess to be open to all faiths (or lack thereof) and no one shows up from those other groups, how can you be accused of not being welcoming? The welcome mat is out at the Christian Legal Society, and yet they're still told that they're discriminatory.
I'd like to ask all SIUC professors, students, and administrators to please pull their heads out of the sand and stop these attacks on academic freedom. Southern Illinois University is too good of a school to use such measures. Are you really so afraid of hurting other people's feelings that you'll deny RSO status to a group? Where's all that open debate that students are supposed to have? Where is the confrontation in the marketplace of ideas? For the sake of this alumnus, please stop ruining our school's good name.