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Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Intellectual freedom news roundup

Apparently, according to a friend, S. T. Harnick, an adjunct prof at the University of Illinois got fired

What bit of pedagogy was so verboten that the University of Illinois could no longer abide Prof. Howell’s presence on campus? That would be nothing less than the Church’s teaching concerning homosexual behavior:

“Natural Moral Law says that Morality must be a response to REALITY…. In other words, sexual acts are only appropriate for people who are complementary, not the same.”

This bit of Catholic doctrine so offended one student that it resulted in an anonymous message being sent to religion department head Robert McKim complaining of, you guessed it, “hate speech.” The complaining student, however, isn’t even in Prof. Howell’s class:

An unidentified . . . student claimed to be a friend of the offended student. The writer said in the e-mail that his friend wanted to remain anonymous.
Why do I report on this stuff? A key doctrine of Darwinism is that the mind is not real, the brain is merely evolved tissue. So anything can be done to anyone.

Not so fast, Darwinist, not so fast.

You can read another article of interest here:
As the hostilities between the current government and the Tea Party movement have become increasingly rancorous, the division of American society into two cultures holding thoroughly incompatible worldviews has become obvious. In fact, the two forces are clearly on an unavoidable collision course. Although many people may understandably be most interested in knowing which side will prevail, I think an equally important and troubling question is precisely by what means the matter will be resolved. Will reason prevail and the people in power either have their agenda confirmed or step aside gracefully? Or will there be intransigence, increasing conflict, and even violence?
My guess is the latter, as more people will guess that the new aristocracy is, well, a new aristocracy. They want to live good at others’ expense.

I was once in the Toronto transit system, and wanted to dispose of some wrapper, which I supposed was non-recyclable. The employees who happened to be collecting the trash informed me that it did not matter which recycle bin I put it in, because all were just bundled together anyway. That was clearly true, based on the contents of their sacks of trash on the trolley. So it was all just a big fraud, aimed at taking in Toronto people. Useless tax mooches, pretending to do more about the environment.


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