By John Jalsevac
November 28, 2008 (LifeSiteNews.com) – I had an ethics teacher in high-school of a particularly volatile and appallingly (or delightfully, depending upon your perspective), politically incorrect sort. Indeed, he one day related to our class that while in university he discovered that there existed on his campus a black lesbian club. This my teacher found amusing. It also gave him an idea.
And so, being the roguish fellow that he is, he promptly marched off to one or another administrator’s office and announced his intention to start up a white, heterosexual male club, and could he please get the proper forms and when could he expect to receive his funding and where on campus could he post the signs advertising for membership?
Needless to say, his club never got off the ground (though I’m not sure he would have known what to do if it had).
It was a good story and has always stuck with me as an apt illustration of the broken-mindedness of the politically correct, who too often operate according to the principle that anything … absolutely anything, other than a white, heterosexual male is a good thing.
While it is true that political correctness is often quite harmless, however, and makes for good fun like that my provocateur professor indulged in, it made a more sinister appearance this past week at Carleton University in Ottawa.
In their overeagerness to prove themselves all things tolerant and wonderful and fluffy, it seems the Carleton University Students Association (CUSA) on Wednesday passed a motion to stop funding the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation … because Cystic Fibrosis has been found primarily to afflict white men, and isn’t, therefore, an “inclusive” enough disease. Seriously.
Never mind that CUSA’s science is atrociously wrong, and that the disease is a much more inclusive disease than originally thought, causing the painful and premature deaths of scores of visible minorities, women and people of all sorts of sexual orientations. But whatever the science of the matter, the point is that you just don’t go around saying that a certain disease isn’t all that important because it only afflicts a certain race and sex, I don’t care how diverse you are. Insanely, the motion was passed in a nearly unanimous 17-2 vote.
Not only, however, is the CUSA motion a slap to the face of cystic fibrosis sufferers, but it also throws into stark relief the hypocrisy of the university and its claims to inclusivity: for it is Carleton that has in the past repeatedly denied pro-life clubs status and shut down any debate about abortion. More than any other student association, Carleton’s has proved itself singularly opposed to any other diversity other than its own particular, narrowly-defined sort of pseudo-diversity.
As Susan Martinuk reported in the Calgary Herald, in 2001 the university attempted to cancel an abortion debate and investigated the campus pro-life group for hate-crimes for attempting to do nothing more than bring in a pro-life speaker. In 2004 they banned the Genocide Awareness Project display from campus (the same display that is currently causing a furor at the University of Calgary). And in 2006, as was reported on extensively by LifeSiteNews at the time, the CUSA banned any groups that opposed abortion outright.
“CUSA,” said the 2006 motion banning pro-life clubs, “further affirms that actions such as campaigns, distributions, solicitations, lobbying efforts, displays, events, etc. that seek to limit or remove a woman’s options in the event of pregnancy will not be supported.”
Of course, the ban on pro-life groups was eventually overturned because it violated every aspect of free speech, and, besides, the university was receiving all sorts of bad press. And now CUSA is back in the news for once again promoting its own, curious breed of diversity.
But while the members of the CUSA adopt the most asinine policies they can think of in the hope that they will appear to be more in love with diversity than everybody else, they’re really doing nothing at all but cementing their reputation as one of the most narrow-minded, bigoted, and laughable organizations in the country. If students like these are the “future” that our universities are producing, I think most people can agree we don’t have one to speak of.
Unsurprisingly, CUSA has just announced it is now “reconsidering” its nearly unanimous decision, following three days of the worst press it has ever received: a fact that highlights just how far out in left field they are – even the Canadian media won’t have anything to do with their nonsense.
And it does make one wonder, just what are some of the professors at Carleton teaching their students every year that seems to result in these insane actions. That may be where everyone should be taking a much closer and critical look.
See related LifeSiteNews.com coverage:
National Post Editorial Slams Student Councils Denying Status to Campus Pro-Life Groups
Carleton Students’ Association May Face Lawsuit Over Ban on Pro-Life Groups
Second Canadian University Student Union Bans Official Recognition of Pro-Life Clubs
Canadian University Set to Prohibit Club Status For Any Group Opposed to Abortion