Sunday, December 16, 2007
BUT SEE . . . the incident discussed below has turned out to be a hoax.
Not a hate crime, just some affirmative reeducation. But of course, as is usual when minority students are assaulted for their views, the reaction of the Princeton administration has been . . . oh, wait. There seems not to have been much of a reaction by the Princeton University authorities. Because? Oh yes, of course. The student beaten into unconsciousness was a Mormon, and a vocal member of a student society named after G.E.M. Anscombe, distinguished British Catholic philosopher and abortion opponent. Thus Mr. Nava was very much a minority on the Princeton campus, but not the right sort of minority, and one who contributed an unwelcome sort of diversity.
Let me offer a compromise proposal. Perhaps Princeton could offer their students, administrators, and faculty some workshops in which they explain how conservatives can be intimidated without actually beating them unconscious. That sort of thing can cause permanent brain damage (and I'm not kidding; it really can) not to mention leave troubling physical evidence. But waterboarding, properly administered, is terrifying, but causes no permanent physical damage. On the other hand, historically speaking, Catholics can be very stubborn about this sort of thing, and I'm guessing Mormons are as well. Well, then, why not just have an oath students have to take in which they have to eschew Catholic , Mormon and any similarly morally conservative views? They used that in jolly old England for a while and it seemed to work. It could be integrated into the usual freshman sensitivity training.
Among others threatened by email are the distinguished Catholic legal scholar and abortion opponent Robert George and recently- elected Rhodes Scholar Sherif Girgis. Imagine, a scholar as distinguished as George being discriminated against for being a Catholic. Well, at least we know something like that could never happen at a Catholic university. ;)
THIS is good, from a column in the Princetonian:
Now, with the explicit death threats
against Nava, Girgis, George and the others we see the escalation.
Whoever is responsible seems to have gotten the message that it is open
season on people who defend morally traditional views on our campus.
It's time for the administration to send them a new message: the season
But the Princeton Administration did not act apparently, and then a student got beaten. (Any plaintiff's lawyers out there?) Allow me to say something serious here: One student has been seriously beaten. Others, including an internationally famous scholar, have been threatened. Now would be a really good time, Oh Princeton Tiger, to do something: to signal unambiguously that the open season on conservatives is officially closed.
I might also suggest that a nice letter from some high officials in the LDS church to the president of Princeton, or better yet, a phone call, might be a good idea. Or even better, a call from Senator Hatch. They like Senators at Princeton.