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Wednesday, October 29, 2003

Conservatives on campus?

I don't have much time to blog today, but I thought I'd point everyone to this link about a new "Academic Bill of Rights" sponsored by a couple of Republican legislators. Below, I'm quoting from their website about the proposed bill, but have skipped an awful lot of it:
The Academic Bill of Rights Goes to Washington
By Rep. Jack Kingston and Rep. Walter Jones
October 22, 2003

Yesterday, Congressmen Jack Kingston, R-GA; Rep. Walter B. Jones, R-NC; and Joe Jones, a student at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, held a press conference announcing their support for the Academic Bill of Rights. The two congressmen have introduced a bill supporting the document's non-compulsory call for colleges and universities to end any discrimination against hiring conservatives and bring intellectual diversity to campus.

Rep. Walter B. Jones' Press Release:

Statistics have shown that while campus funds are available for distribution to all on-campus organizations, funding is doled out to organizations with leftist agendas by a ratio of 50:1. Such biased financing results in a deluge of liberal speakers being invited to step up to their soapboxes far more often than those with a conservative bent. While colleges and universities are expected to extend an unprejudiced form of higher education, today’s liberal collegiate leaders are denying our students an objective curriculum.
Much of the press release concerns the left's dominance of college faculty and the indoctrination of college students by left-wing professors.

Note that the members of Congress proposing the bill are careful to say that they do not plan to force colleges to embrace their form of "affirmative action." I'm not sure what they hope to accomplish with their bill in its current form.

This post is a followup to my prior one on the ISI on college campuses. Remember to follow the money.

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