Academic Freedom is Dead
Thanks to David over at Cosmos-Liturgy-Sex for saying all that needs to be said about the University of Illinois’ decision to terminate Dr. Kenneth Howell.
The University of Illinois taught me a lesson first-hand, so it is not surprising that it continues to perpetuate that lesson: academic liberalism (and indeed, modern liberalism in general) is a façade constructed to push a set of ideals. It’s all about respecting other people’s opinions, until those opinions happen to conflict with the party line.
And when the party line is breached, look out. It becomes sinister, wicked, underhanded — and Amen, Amen I say to you — evil. Meanwhile, the Catholic viewpoint is proclaimed openly in a spirit of charity and love, always with regard to the intrinsic dignity of the human person, regardless of where they fall on any moral spectrum.
I would hope that Dr. Howell might find a job at a Catholic school, but this might be difficult. The game is the same, only a little less visceral. The seminary system is a good option as well, but the pay isn’t so great.