Day By Day© by Chris Muir.

Wednesday, February 09, 2005

Double standards, anyone?

Over at Colorado University, Ward Churchill, the professor who said that the victims of 9/11 deserved their fate because they are "little Eichmans," is wildly supported and applauded. At the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, a world-renowned economics professor is being harassed by the University because, during a lecture, he said that gays are less likely to save money, thereby offending some sensitive, anonymous soul in the class:

[Hans]Hoppe, 55, a world-renowned economist, author and speaker, said he was giving a lecture to his money and banking class in March when the incident occurred. The subject of the lecture was economic planning for the future. Hoppe said he gave several examples to the class of about 30 upper-level undergraduate students on groups who tend to plan for the future and groups who do not. Very young and very old people, for example, tend not to plan for the future, he said. Couples with children tend to plan more than couples without. As in all social sciences, he said, he was speaking in generalities. Another example he gave the class was that homosexuals tend to plan less for the future than heterosexuals. Reasons for the phenomenon include the fact that homosexuals tend not to have children, he said. They also tend to live riskier lifestyles than heterosexuals, Hoppe said. He said there is a belief among some economists that one of the 20th century's most influential economists, John Maynard Keynes, was influenced in his beliefs by his homosexuality. Keynes espoused a "spend it now" philosophy to keep an economy strong, much as President Bush did after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Hoppe said the portion of the lecture on homosexuals lasted perhaps 90 seconds, while the entire lecture took up his 75-minute class. There were no questions or any discussion from the students about the homosexual comments, he said. *** But within days of the lecture, he was notified by school officials that a student had lodged an informal complaint. The student said Hoppe's comments offended him. Hoppe said that, at the request of university officials, he clarified in his next class that he was speaking in generalities only and did not mean to offend anyone. *** The student then filed a formal complaint, Hoppe said, alleging that Hoppe did not take the complaint seriously. He said university officials first said they would issue him a letter of reprimand and dock him a week's pay.
The University's attack on Hoppe is so ridiculous, even the ACLU is supporting the professor's position. Thus, the same article points about that:
The American Civil Liberties Union of Nevada, on Hoppe's behalf, sent a letter to UNLV officials alleging that the university violated Hoppe's free speech rights and his right to academic freedom. "The charge against professor Hoppe is totally specious and without merit," reads the letter from ACLU attorney Allen Lichtenstein.
Apparently academic freedom of speech only extends to views critical of America and Americans, and not to statements, however innocuous, that do anything but heap praise on the Left's various special interest groups. UPDATE: Someone always says it better than I do. Here is a gripping Don Feder article detailing the double standards at America's colleges and universities.