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“The pomposity and arrogance of these children (of the corn?) is just amazing”

“The pomposity and arrogance of these children (of the corn?) is just amazing”

Zero tolerance for differing legal opinions on campus.

Whether it’s Trigger Warnings, disinviting campus speakers, or the Shut-Up Culture, the closing of the campus mind is a frequent topic here.

Among many topics as to which the debate is closed on campus is anything related to LGBT issues.

No deviation is allowed. Differ even as to constitutional or other legal analyses, and you will be attacked with the fury visited on non-academics such as Brendan Eich, and before him, the law firm of King & Spalding, Mormons, and Chick-fil-A, among others.

And now a University of Virginia Professor is in the cross-hairs for arguing that an Arizona law proposed to accomodate religious objections to performing some types of services was a lawful extension of the existing federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

That caused LGBT students to target the professor and file a FOIA request for his emails, as detailed by UCLA Law Professor Stephen Bainbridge The Purge Arrives at the University of Virginia: PC Thugs versus Douglas Laycock (quoting in part from a local Virginia newspaper report).

Through the activist group Virginia Student Power Network, GetEQUAL found two UVA students willing to take up the cause of calling out Laycock: rising fourth-year Greg Lewis and now-alum Stephanie Montenegro. Last week, the pair sent an open letter to Laycock asking him to consider the “real-world consequences that [his] work is having.” They also submitted a Freedom of Information Act request seeking e-mails between Laycock and various right-wing and religious liberty groups.

Lewis said they’re not trying to smear Laycock, and they’re not trying to undermine academic freedom. They just want a dialogue, he said.

Bullshit. You don’t start a dialogue with FOIA requests. This is a blatant effort at deterring public participation by anyone who does not hew 100% to the most radical version of the gay rights movement.

“I think it would be really constructive for him to hear how his work is being used to hurt the LGBTQ community,” said Lewis. “I don’t think he has any ill intent. I think he’s very thoughtful and moderate, and willing to hear both sides. But I think that everyone really has a lot to learn.”

My God. The pomposity and arrogance of these children (of the corn?) is just amazing.

It’s time to start fighting back. There have to be consequences for people like Heather Cronk, Greg lewis, and Stephanie Montenegro or the day will come when they and their ilk will have successfully silenced the rest of us.

That day already has come. The closing of the campus mind is so far along, it may be too late to open it.

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Will UVa protect his emails the way they protected those of Dr. Mann? Or will they roll over and play dead?

Why just Mormons? The majority stake holders in “Proposition 8” were not Mormons. In fact, they comprised the Democrat base, specifically majority minorities. They were also Hispanic and mostly Catholic. Let’s follow their defective thought process to its logical conclusion.

    genes in reply to n.n. | May 25, 2014 at 2:36 pm

    Prop 8 would have lost if not for the unprecedented turnout of Black voters to vote for the Black person.

    mzk in reply to n.n. | May 25, 2014 at 2:39 pm

    Well, the Democratic party is already the home of anti-Semitism. Dennis Prager claims we actually invented homophobia (that is, we were the first to claim there is something wrong with male sodomy), but I think that gives us too much credit. However, as my grade school Talmud teacher said, you can’t argue with a verse from the Torah – there is no way we could accept this stuff and remain Jewish.

      n.n in reply to mzk. | May 25, 2014 at 2:56 pm

      Homosexual behavior is self-evidently antithetical to evolutionary fitness. While normalizing behaviors that undermine humanity’s future is immoral, it was Nature that classified homosexual behavior as dysfunctional.

      That said, while normalizing dysfunctional behaviors is clearly a concern, selective (i.e. unprincipled) exclusion creates moral hazards and poses an imminent threat to social stability. People who support selective normalization of dysfunctional behaviors need to appreciate the hazards they are creating.

        tom swift in reply to n.n. | May 25, 2014 at 9:10 pm

        Which has what to do with law or custom?

        Civilization is the struggle against nature. Evolutionary fitness, or any other sort of fitness, are not suitable guidelines for human existence.

      johnnycab23513 in reply to mzk. | May 25, 2014 at 4:06 pm

      Or a Bible believing Christian.

    pst314 in reply to n.n. | May 25, 2014 at 7:51 pm

    Why Mormons? Two reasons:
    First, Alinsky rules of warfare prescribe picking a target to destroy, so it’s important for the attack to have a narrow focus.
    Second, liberals already hate and despise Mormons. I have lost count of the snide jokes I have heard about “magic underwear”.
    It’s time for an all-out Alinsky-stle war against these bullies. Do everything possible to desroy their reputations and get them expelled from schools, fired from jobs.

College students have been pompous and arrogant as long as there have been colleges. The effect is magnified because there seem to be no adults willing or able to slap them down.

    Phillep Harding in reply to irv. | May 25, 2014 at 2:38 pm

    Even in college for the first time (Physics major, mandatory Humanities classes) I realized that what we were being taught was just the basics that we were supposed to use to build knowledge and skills on, that what we were taught was grossly oversimplified.

    Those who were the worst at taking the basics as the whole were mostly the wealthiest, the poor were less likely. Interesting.

    (Full time work and full time college do not mix.)

    Valerie in reply to irv. | May 25, 2014 at 2:45 pm

    I think the effect is magnified because there ARE vicious adults behind all of this.

      genes in reply to Valerie. | May 25, 2014 at 6:54 pm

      Quite true. Many of the actions taken by the students have been suggested and encouraged by the professors. Especially the anti-Semitic actions like BDS and the shouting down of people like Professor Rice.

America is on the road from Sodom and Gomorrah to the Folsom Street Fair. I fully expect the Obama administration to announce the construction of a new class of nuclear submarines – one torpedo tube but ten gender-specific heads (those would be bathrooms for you non-Navy folks).

David R. Graham | May 25, 2014 at 2:03 pm

Active measures by red diaper grandchildren. The Cheka seems never to die. But surely there are counter measures, legal, physical, etc. Who there is not so lazy as to grasp and use them? Wherever this happens — mostly everywhere — it remains a local problem with local solutions that would work as long as the potential problem solvers are not lazy and become actual problem solvers. If no one at UVA solves the problem, then add UVA to the list of do-not-attend colleges and universities. In my list it already sat.

tarheelkate | May 25, 2014 at 2:16 pm

The intolerance of the left is frightening.

What if I advocated reinstating the Sodomy Laws? Would that be over the line?

It’s a good thing no-one understand Hebrew, or they’d find the afternoon service of Yom Kippur (specifically, the reading) quite interesting…

Honestly, the way this is going, I’d go back to the old days of the Gentleman’s Agreement and limited, but pervasive, discrimination against Jews just to get rid of this stuff, because at the end it will harm us more. I’d make the trade.

    tarheelkate in reply to mzk. | May 25, 2014 at 8:01 pm

    Can you tell me about that reading?

    The lectionary in the traditional Anglican Prayer Book has several Sunday readings which would enrage these Laycock critics, to say nothing of the daily readings, which naturally contain (translated) Hebrew passages on the subject.

    tarheelkate in reply to mzk. | May 25, 2014 at 8:54 pm

    Oh, I see. Leviticus ch. 18. These GetEQUAL people would not want to grant you, or me, the freedom to read these words or to believe the LORD’s words should be obeyed. Freedom is only for people they agree with.

I’ve had several run-ins with these kind of morons in the last few weeks. Whether its Gun Control or Freedom of Association or Religious Rights, they are getting frustrated that mob rule doesn’t trump the bill of rights.

And our education system has been churning out little brownshirts who have no concept of the mob rule VS Consitutional Republic argument. Get ready for the fascists – they are coming soon.

OK, this is NOT hard…

Remember my universal Breitbartism: “Screw THAT…!!!”.

Followed up with a vigorous and effective legal defense/challenge.

And, as needed, a program of civil disobedience.

Say it and mean it: Screw THAT…!!!

Humphrey's Executor | May 25, 2014 at 4:52 pm

Every activity has become intertwined with government — education, finance, healthcare, marriage, eating, breathing, etc. Every person’s very thought’s, much less actions, are now subject to suppression/restriction via litigation or executive order. I knew it (freedom) was coming to an end I just didn’t expect it to happen this fast.

I’ve always wondered why anyone would go to college when he already knows everything.

The students at the more heavy-duty technical schools seem to be different. They know they don’t know much when they go in. And when they come back out, they realize they still don’t know much, even though they know far more than they did before. And that may be why these schools are almost never involved in news stories like this.

A half century ago, not all that many Americans went to college. That changed; perhaps it was for draft deferments. Whatever. Far too many who go now have no business being there at all. Successful learning is a matter of aptitude, but perhaps more importantly, of attitude. Those who already know it all don’t have the attitude needed to learn more. Some might say that sums up much of liberalism, too. Children are natural leftists. The drift away from leftism is part of maturity. Arrested development – often called “perpetual childhood” – is perhaps the central problem of Western civilization today.

    Estragon in reply to tom swift. | May 26, 2014 at 12:20 am

    Federal aid to schools and students who were veterans exploded after WWII, and the growing middle class wanted its kids to go to college. Colleges accommodated by expanding. Their dumbing-down was virtually forced by the concurrent dumbing-down of the public schools as unions and the federal government gained more and more control.

    More slots, more liberal admissions policies, more students, more money, more subsidies. And more faculty, which in the case of the humanities or “liberal arts” turned out to be the radicals.

The Matthew Shepard treatment might be the only strategy left for these lunatics! Seriously, they have completely shut down EVERY other avenue of recourse.

Simply stated, why don’t the rug munchers and butt pokers simply go back to their deviant behavior and stay out of the public view?

BannedbytheGuardian | May 26, 2014 at 5:52 pm

Simple . Take any correspondence after the initial academic contact private . Then they can’t get that foi. He is a lawyer & should know others can use the law for their ends also.