According to a report by Jessica Custodio of Campus Reform, an English professor at Iowa State University directed her students to not oppose abortion or Black Lives Matter in any of their coursework.
Young America’s Foundation reported that ISU English Professor Chloe Clark set forth in her English 250 syllabus that a number of political viewpoints cannot be discussed in class or in any homework assignments.
“GIANT WARNING: any instances of othering that you participate in intentionally (racism, sexism, ableism, homophobia, [sic], sorophobia, transphobia, classism, mocking of mental health issues, body shaming, etc) in class are grounds for dismissal from the classroom,” Clark’s syllabus reportedly read. In addition, she said that the same warning is applicable “for any papers/projects”, and informs students that any writing that voices opposition to abortion, gay marriage, and Black Lives matter will not be tolerated.
“You cannot choose any topic that takes at its base that one side doesn’t deserve the same basic human rights as you do (ie: no arguments against gay marriage, abortion, Black Lives Matter,etc). I take this seriously,” the syllabus detailed.
Clark noted in her syllabus that students have the right to request a trigger warning at any time, since the class is centered on “monster theory” and some of the course content may feature “violent or disturbing imagery.”
According to an article in the Iowa State Daily, Clark was in charge of a “Feminist Friday” focus group during the fall 2019 semester where she alluded to monster theory to describe how certain “privileged” groups “other” less privileged groups.
In the focus group she led, Clark told students that the use of the phrase “illegal immigrant” comes with a negative connotation.
Clark also said that “when you’re thinking about the way that you are talking, you don’t have to think ‘Oh no, I am a terrible person because I accidentally othered this group’, instead just be cognizant that you did and then think about how you can do better the next time that you talk about it.” Furthermore, she told her students that “You shouldn’t feel guilty, you can’t change the way you were born, but you can use your privilege in productive ways.”
Clark also participates in an online publication called “Cotton Xenomorph.” The website features a section called “NO CREEPS,” which it explained means “anything with language of oppression. That means: prejudice, racism, xenophobia, classism, sexism, ableism, serophobia, fat-shaming, intolerance of religion, homophobia, etc.”
In a correspondence with Campus Reform, Iowa State University spokeswoman Angie Hunt said that the syllabus did not comply with ISU standards and has been revised.
“The syllabus statement as written was inconsistent with the university’s standards and its commitment to the First Amendment rights of students. After reviewing the issue with the faculty member, the syllabus has been corrected to ensure it is consistent with university policy,” remarked Hunt. “Moreover, the faculty member is being provided additional information regarding the First Amendment policies of the University,”
In addition, the spokeswoman noted that the university does not pursue disciplinary action against students for the viewpoints they take.
“Iowa State is firmly committed to protecting the First Amendment rights of its students, faculty, and staff. With respect to student expression in the classroom including the completion of assignments, the university does not take disciplinary action against students based on the content or viewpoints expressed in their speech,” she continued.
Ryan Hurley, president of the ISU College Republicans, expressed to Campus Reform that he was “disappointed” with ISU when he received word about what the syllabus contained.
“I know those rules are pretty much in most classes now sadly, just not written,” commented Hurley. “I was also disappointed at the professor getting a very small slap on the wrist for this, if it had been the other way around (if it had said ‘you cannot support gay marriage, abortion, and BLM’ I’m sure the professor would be fired.”
Years of leftist infiltration is now making universities reach their logical destination — total censorship of dissenting opinions.
Right wingers may have to consider completely opting out of these institutions and supporting alternative models that actually promote education and are tolerant of conservative values. Failing to do so, will only guarantee that millions of youth continue going through the leftist indoctrination conveyor belt.
Texas Political Establishment Attempts to Derail Shelley Luther’s Campaign
The special election for Texas’ Senate District 30 is on pace to be one of the most heated races in the Lone Star State.
At a candidate forum on September 18, 2020, Shelley Luther, the Dallas salon owner who was jailed for opening her business in defiance of Governor Greg Abbott’s shutdown order, confronted outgoing State Senator Pat Fallon.
Fallon vacated his seat and is now backing a successor in State Representative Drew Springer.
“We don’t want somebody who’s going to be at odds with our Republican governor,” Fallon said September 18 at the Grayson County Republican Women’s Club.
I didn’t support some of the things that he has done about opening up. … So, he’s made some mistakes. He’s our Republican governor, the 80/20 rule … because you’re not going to get any bills passed unless the governor signs them.
“Let me make something clear. I am accountable to my fellow citizens in Senate District 30. Not our Governor,” Luther responded on September 19 on Facebook:
This is exactly what is wrong with Austin. Our politicians are more loyal to Abbott than us, even when they disagree with him.
I will work with Governor Abbott when he is fighting to protect the liberty of Texans, and I will oppose him when he pushes unilateral dictates that shut down our local businesses.
Fallon and Luther had a tense exchange, which was caught on video.
“You want me to go all in on this race?” Fallon questioned Luther. “I have been 5 percent in on this race. You want me to go all in on it, I’m welcome to.”
“This has become a straight-up fight between Abbott and the ‘Kumbaya’ Professional Political Class vs. the grassroots and people who remember what limited government and principles should look like,” opined conservative activist Mike Openshaw.
“Respectfully, being willing to be jailed for fighting over-reaching government shows principle; that counts for something, Patrick,” Openshaw continued.
Luther has recently received endorsements from conservative Collin County Judge Chris Hill and Young Conservatives of Texas. Springer, on the other hand, received an endorsement from the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, which asserted that Luther was going down a “far right” path.
A Republican is expected to carry the senate district, which may still require a runoff if the leading candidate does not get enough votes during the first round of the special election.
Election Day will be on September 29.
Luther is viewed as the truly conservative option and many believe she could help break the political status quo in Austin that has kept conservative legislation from ever being passed.
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