Campus Intolerance

By: Mark Hyman

More than 400 student groups are officially recognized by Johns Hopkins University. They include Amnesty International, College Democrats and [College] Republicans, Diverse Sexuality and Gender Alliance, Hopkins Feminists, the Muslim Association and even a Quidditch team from Harry Potter fame.

Two dozen are advocacy organizations.

But there is no place on campus for Voice for Life, a Christian group with a pro-life message. The Student Government Association denied the pro-life club official recognition with at least one SGA member likening the pro-lifers to white supremacists. [See SGA emails here.]

The group is prohibited from meeting in campus facilities.

At the same meeting, the SGA gave approval to Students for Justice in Palestine, an anti-Israel group (and here) with a history of anti-Semitism.

This underscores that contrary to popular thought, hundreds of colleges have become deeply intolerant – particularly of social conservative issues.

A major study of more than 400 universities found 62% restrict speech. Some schools establish meaningless ‘free speech zones’ because they still require approval to use.

Approval that often is given only to politically correct groups.

Although Johns Hopkins is a private college it receives nearly a billion taxpayer dollars each year in federal grants, loans and research funding (here, here, here, & here).

Perhaps Hopkins should behave better and respect the speech it deems to be politically incorrect.04/09/13 Campus Intolerance

About The Author Mark Hyman:
Mark Hyman hosts "Behind the Headlines," a commentary program for Sinclair Broadcast Group.

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