WS>>A Loyalty to Diversity Oath!
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Wed Dec 15 21:55:48 MST 2004
You Can't Make This Stuff Up Dept.
By James Fulford
"Bigotry is an incapacity to conceive seriously the
alternative to a proposition." G. K Chesterton
London Daily News, 1910
In the 1950's, universities were castigated for asking
faculty to swear that they were 100% Americans. Now they're
asking them to swear that they're not. According to the
Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, or FIRE, job
applicants at Bucks County Community College have been asked
to describe their "commitment to diversity" - in the same
terms that real world job applicants are asked if they're in
the habit of showing up on time, are they hard-working, or
can they spell "parallel?"
But not everybody in America thinks diversity is neces-
sarily a good thing, especially if they have to sacrifice
such things as fairness, excellence, truth, and honesty to
achieve it. And this belief is what's called a "political"
It's a fairly respectable political position, and more
or less the position of political conservatives and the
But it seems that the President of the College doesn't
realize this. Nor does the Middle States Commission on
Higher Education, the accrediting agency which sets down
guidelines requiring diversity.
Most of these people don't even know any Republicans.
They can't even conceive that a Republican is an intellectu-
ally respectable thing to be. (I'm aware that many in this
audience are members of the Reform, Constitution, Libertari-
an, or Non-Voting Parties. But the principle is the same.)
When Nixon was elected by a landslide in '72, Pauline
Kael couldn't understand it.
"No one I know voted for him." she said.
And while the college is no doubt trying to satisfy
EEOC guidelines on the ethnic diversity of their workforce,
I doubt if it has occurred to them to beat the bushes for
more Republicans, in spite of the fact that Republicans
constitute fifty percent of the electorate and five percent
Colleges are up to 95% Democrat. Does this mean that
the Civil Rights Commission should investigate their hiring
No, they should be investigated by the Civil Service
Commission, for reasons that have nothing to do with the
concept of a "culture war."
The FIRE web site has details of a lot more of various
kinds of PC, and the book The Shadow University is well
worth reading. The general level of actual insanity in the
academic profession is growing.
But while I could talk about the Decline of the West,
the Long March through the Institutions, or the Destruction
of Civilization, what we're looking at here is much simpler,
which is good, because it can be explained to a jury if
I can illustrate this with a story.
During World War II, a man applied for a job at a
defense plant in Texas.
The interviewer asked him the following question: "Are
you a member of any group or organization which means to
overthrow the Government of the United States?"
"Yes, sir, I am." he said.
"You are?" said the interviewer, who had never pre-
viously gotten this response. (The question, also asked by
the INS, is not designed to actually catch Communists, it's
supposed to provide a legal basis for firing them when
"Yes, sir, I'm a Republican."
In spite of the fact that he may have wanted to over-
throw FDR or the Governor of Texas, they gave him the job
anyhow, because of Civil Service rules.
So this diversity oath thing is not Wrong versus Right,
socialist versus free-market, or ungodly versus godly. It's
much simpler than that.
It's Democrat versus Republican. And that's illegal,
same as it is in the Fire Department.
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