At www.insidehighered.com we learn:
U.S. Sen. John McCain, the Arizona Republican and past and possibly future presidential candidate [is scheduled to be this year’s commencement speaker] at the New School.Plans are underway to disrupt the commencement if McCain, a war hero who endured years of torture while a POW in North Vietnam, speaks.
But hundreds of students, staff and faculty members at the institution of about 9,000 students have signed paper and online petitions that seek to revoke the invitation.
Several students and faculty members pointed out that McCain has supported banning gay marriage in Arizona, and that, three days before his visit to the New School, McCain will be speaking at Liberty University, whose founder and chancellor, Rev. Jerry Falwell, has openly expressed his opposition to homosexuality. […]
On the comment thread following the www.insidehighered.com report, we find statements such as:
“Honoring free speech does not mean staying silent in the face of someone abetting those who mean to criminalize your existence.”Not all commenters agree with such sentiments. We read, for example:
“LONG LIVE THE PEOPLE’S RESISTANCE. ALL POWER TO THE PEOPLE.”
“He’s a homopohobic (sic) bigot, just like the rest of them.”
“I just love it when people preach inclusion while seeking to exclude.”Folks,
“Student Harper Keenan notes that in ‘our classes we’re taught the value of inclusion of all people. . .’ except, of course, conservatives, Republicans, war heroes, Christians, and people with old fashioned family values.”
When you hear about liberals and leftists at the New School and elsewhere upset that McCain may speak at the commencement, do you ask yourself:
Does the Mayo Clinic have treatment programs for liberals and leftists suffering from post- traumatic stress disorders resulting from exposure to democracy, constitutional rights and informed opinions?