Commentary Magazine


You Need an Advanced Degree to Be This Dumb

Over the last week or so, two colleges have made national news for acts of colossal stupidity. And, in a refreshing reminder of how some things are truly bipartisan, they came at it from opposite ends of the political spectrum.

First up, at Liberty University (founded by the late Jerry Falwell) the administration came to a conclusion: it is simply not possible to be a good Christian and a Democrat. So they withdrew official college recognition of their chapter of the College Democrats. Members are appealing the school’s ruling, but it appears that the national Democratic party’s pro-choice stance on abortion is the deal-breaker for the school.

Meanwhile, this week  a student at the Community College of Alleghany County attempted to form a new organization. Christine Brashier whipped up and handed out pamphlets in an attempt to recruit enough fellow students to form a chapter of Students for Concealed Carry on Campus. This group attempts to persuade schools to rethink their “gun-free zone” policies and allow those students who possess a valid permit to carry a concealed firearm to do so on campus as well.

Well, that didn’t go over very well with CCAC officials, who banned her pamphlets, ordered her to destroy all copies, and threatened her with further academic discipline.

Fortunately for Ms. Brashier, CCAC is a public school that takes public funding, so the Constitution protects her rights. She has FIRE (Foundation for Individual Rights in Education) on her side, and a pretty strong argument to back her up.
In both cases, universities have let their ideology blind them to reason and common sense. In both cases, students were seeking to present an alternative to school policy in a non-confrontational, civil way, hoping to inspire discussion and debate on matters they thought important.

Silly students. Don’t they know that’s the last thing that colleges are interested in nowadays?