No Talking in Class
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Conservatives are infamous for assaulting the Ivory Tower’s tradition of open-minded debate too, of course. In the wake of 9/11, though, Lukianoff and Creeley say that liberal thought police are even more likely to punish expression that is either socially conservative, mocks the academy’s overly protective tendencies, dares challenge Islamic fundamentalism, or, in a bit of irony not lost on Free Inquiry, criticizes Israeli policies in Palestine.
Correction, 01/05/11: This version of this article now states correctly that Yale only betrayed its stated commitment to freedom of expression and did not violate the First Amendment, because, as a private university, it is not required to uphold the Constitution.
This article first appeared in the January-February 2011 issue of Utne Reader.
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