Monday, April 24, 2006

Pot, Kettle. Kettle, Pot.

For those of you at home in the blogging audience with those cheap, knock-off, brass irony meters, you better stop reading until you invest in a titanium model.

Becuase the Religious right is protesting tolerance.

You say that I'm an alarmist, because your meter is scarcely twitching?

Wait, there's more. The tolerance so exercising the "Religious Right" (sic) is Georgia Institute of Technology's conduct code banning speech critical of certain sexual orientations.

So the famously intolerant are protesting the famously tolerant for their tolerance that is intolerant orthodoxy codified.

According to the article:

The religious right aims to overturn common tolerance programs: diversity training that promotes acceptance of gays and lesbians, speech codes that ban harsh words against homosexuality and anti-discrimination policies that require college clubs to open membership to all.

And it isn't just at GIT (an acronym that just begs to be followed by "darnnit") where the intolerant are fed up with the intolerance of the tolerant. At Cal State University, Long Beach (full disclosure: I attended CSU LB), students are demanding the school recognize Every Nation Campus Ministries, which intends to explicitly exclude "anyone who considers homosexuality 'a natural part of God's order'."

The students say denying them recognition -- and its attendant benefits, such as funding -- violates their free-speech rights and discriminates against their conservative theology. Christian groups at public colleges in other states have sued using similar arguments. Several of those lawsuits were settled out of court, with the groups prevailing.

In California, however, the university may have a strong defense in court. The California Supreme Court recently ruled that the city of Berkeley was justified in denying subsidies to the Boy Scouts because of that group's exclusionary policies. Eddie L. Washington, the lawyer representing Cal State, argues the same standard should apply to the university.

"We're certainly not going to fund discrimination," Washington said.

In this particular indoor-outdoor freestyle repellance contest, university speech codes and their attendant funding policies win hands down. If there is one institution that should study, understand, and assiduously adhere to the tenets of free speech, academia is it.

Darn. There goes another irony meter.

I hope the universities get thrown to the lions.

I also hope, but, given irony's awesome power, seriously doubt, that the aforementioned Christians are just as devoted to free speech when someone pens a cartoon depicting certain parts of their Scripture as immoral, anti-human, nonsense.


Blogger Duck said...

They come in titanium? Cool! I have a homemade one made out of a toothpick attached to a floating wine cork.

This sounds like the paradox that Captain Kirk used to blow the circuits on the computer that took over his ship.

Computer: That cannot be tolerated!

Kirk: But you do tolerate it, computer! Because you are intolerant of it's intolerance!

Computer: But that cannot be! I am not programmed for t..t.ttolerance!! ...ERROR!!!!! [[[[[KABOOM!!]]]]]

I always wonder why a gay person would want to join one of these ministries anyhow. It's like a black man wanting to join the Ku Klux Klan. What's the point? Do they think that if they force the ministry to allow gays, that any gays would join them? Shouldn't they require the campus feminist alliance to allow white male NRA members to join them?

Groucho Marx once said that he would never join a club that would have him as a member. These people are the opposite, they only want to join clubs that won't have them as a member. While you're at it Skipper, you may want to check the fuses on your nonsense meter.

April 24, 2006 9:29 PM  
Blogger Oroborous said...

A pox on all their houses.
Nobody's willing to give an inch. There are at least three solutions for the problem, but they all require adults to be involved.

I have a homemade one made out of a toothpick attached to a floating wine cork.

Hey, that was good enough for my grandfather, and it's good enough for me.

April 25, 2006 1:01 AM  
Blogger Brit said...

The following sentence is true. The preceding sentence is false.

April 25, 2006 1:42 AM  
Blogger Peter Burnet said...

Malhotra says her Christian faith compels her to speak out against homosexuality.

My dear Daily Duck friends, I ask you to join hands with me in my favourite prayer for the middle-aged:

"Dear Lord, please protect and save us from young people who feel compelled to speak out."

April 25, 2006 3:59 AM  
Blogger Hey Skipper said...


I always wonder why a gay person would want to join one of these ministries anyhow.

Other than the, for some, overpowering attraction of being able to poke someone else in the eye, just a little?

Oroborous is right about a pox pandemic. But when I read the story, my anger was directed solely at the universities. I find it so astonishing that they, supposedly bastions of learning, can have so little appreciation for the basis of free speech.

I had thought the US tax code was the greatest threat to the republic (but I have always put Britney Spears way down in 11th, so you might want to take my opinion with enough salt to threaten an overdose).

Universities have just vaulted to the top of the list.


Right you are. But any attempt to muzzle her is noxious.

I say this despite finding her viewpoint reprehensible.

[NB: Make preview your friend. When I re-read the post this morning, the fourth para was so, well, poxed, that I could scarcely make sense of it.]

April 25, 2006 4:25 AM  
Blogger Harry Eagar said...

This is a great sheep/goat separator.

Over at volokh, the lawyers for the past two days have been discussing a situation at Penn State that is, believe it or not, even more ridiculous.

Lenin's remark about capitalists and rope comes to mind, again.

At Cow College, students would occasionally feel compelled to testify their biblical fervor during a lecture. Back in those days, they were received coldly, but politely and told to sit down.

April 25, 2006 11:10 AM  

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