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The Last Days of Intellectual Oppression By: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review | Wednesday, February 23, 2005


The Academic Bill of Rights is a declaration of independence from the tyranny of intellectual oppressors on college campuses. David Horowitz, president of the Center for the Study of Popular Culture, is its founding father.

Colleges and universities ruled by imperious leftists allow like-minded tenured professors to perform intolerable acts of intellectual coercion on those not accepting their extremist orthodoxy.

The American Association of University Professors stated at its inception in 1915 that faculty must avoid taking unfair advantage of the students' immaturity to indoctrinate them with the teachers' personal opinions.

Yes, professors once had such ethics.

This revolutionary document, which nine states are on the verge of adopting for their respective schools, is Mr. Horowitz's attempt at correcting the grievances of those who have been silenced.

The Academic Bill of Rights states that all decisions relating to faculty or students should not be based on political or religious beliefs. Curricula, reading lists and speakers invited on campus should reflect intellectual diversity. And the school's administration should not play favorites when there are honest intellectual differences.

Thomas Jefferson knew "a little rebellion now and then is a good thing" for America; David Horowitz knows it also is good for college campuses.




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