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August 27, 2007

Torture by the Politically Correct Police at an Institution of Higher Learning

Psychologist J. Michael Bailey, from Northwestern University, was placed on a rack and the screws were plied mercilessly.

You see, Dr. Bailey published some unpopular scientific explanations that run afoul of the campus’s thought police, and found himself in a cauldron of bubbling vituperation.

I’ll let you read the details of his case in this New York Times article, but his story is a reminder that racks and screws, even figurative ones, have ruined many a career and have caused untold misery in the victims' personal lives. 

Lastly, actions like these PC hunts have a chilling effect on academic freedom, which will ultimately affect freedom countrywide.

I'd like to start a list of PC victims starting with four people who quickly come to my mind: Guillermo Gonzales, Iowa State University; William Dembski, Baylor University; Richard Sternberg, Smithsonian; Bjorn Lomborg, The Skeptical Environmentalist.

Feel free to add to the list.

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Gina Dalfonzo

I'm fascinated by this quote from the article: "Dr. Ben Barres, a neurobiologist at Stanford, said in reference to Dr. Bailey’s thesis in the book, 'Bailey seems to make a living by claiming that the things people hold most deeply true are not true.'”

This is suddenly a bad thing? I thought most college professors saw it as their mission in life!

Steve (SBK)

Haha. Good point Gina.

labrialumn

Forest Mims, the Smithsonian. Etc.

There is already a very strong chill on academic freedom in the West. One cannot be an orthodox Christian, be open to ID theory, be opposed to the State establishment of Diversity and Multiculturalism as de fide (that which must be believed), be pro-life, question climate change fanaticism,etc., and hope to be tenured, or hope to not have your grades taken down if you are a student.

This is true at Christian colleges as well as State schools, though hopefully not completely pervasive there (though Baylor is a Southern Baptist school)

Kim Moreland

Steve and Labrialumn, do either of you have other names for my list?

Steve (SBK)

Sorry Kim, nothing really comes to mind. (Off the top of my head all I can think of is C.S.Lewis not being offered a professorship at Oxford because of his 'amateur/popularist' theology works... Cambridge stole him).

I'll keep my eyes open / do some digging on memory lane.

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