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Reader comment on item: Profs Who Hate America

Submitted by Ray Schmidt (United States), Nov 13, 2002 at 11:25

I am majoring in Geography and I'm disturbed by how often professors use the captive audience to jump up on their soapbox and disparage America and Israel. The sad thing is they seem to be preaching to the choir, judging by the zombie-like nods of agreement. If you can't beat 'em, (through honest dialogue), "brainwash the kids while they're young" seems to be the modus operandi. (Because even if they do eventually change their world view--a slow process coming with life experiences--in the meantime they'll vote leftist.) The pervasiveness of this unprofessionalism, or should I say unprofessorialism, is breathtaking. Just give me an education and let me form my own opinions!!

Just one week after 911, with the dust hardly settled over the World Trade Center, one professor ranted about the coming "baby-Bush war against Islam" and appeared teary-eyed at graffiti he said he saw in the restroom saying, "death to Moslems" (I doubt it existed).

I'd like to speak out in class but I fear retribution come grade time, and I'm not a good public speaker ( I blush / sweat awfully when I have to speak in class on things that aren't controversial/adversarial). Also, I feel it's much harder to put forth a conservative argument in school because you invite namecalling and personal attacks. If I had Mr. Horowitz's or George Will's ability to articulate, I would--and damn what the others think. But, I'd just start stammering and make no sense.

To those of you not in school, let me just say--the situation is much, much worse than you think. It can't be exaggerated. It's beyond the point of parody. If you care about America and Israel and what public opinion towards them will become as these brainwashed zombies graduate, then something must be done. It's really scary.


Sad in School

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