I’ve long lost count of how many stories I’ve read over the years about guest speakers at certain universities who were heckled, harassed, shouted down, and not allowed to speak because they espouse conservative ideas which certain groups do not agree with. Here’s just one recent example of the bullying tactics used by scholars on the cultural and political left who rudely commandeered a meeting of students at one university just because they disagreed with the message that was being discussed at the meeting. So much for the free exchange of ideas for which our universities are supposed to be a safe place. There are plenty more examples of the craziness and bullying of these people at just one website, the Campus Reform website (but there are other websites which track and expose the madness). Moreover, I personally have been the victim of heavy handed tactics of certain professors while I was an under-graduate. And I have talked to many others over the years who have had the same experience.
This is the greatest hypocrisy of certain liberals/progressives and hippies of the 60's and 70's who talked about being open-minded and so full of liberal love, yet they will not respect the free speech rights nor will they respect the dignity of anyone who disagrees with them. There’s a perfect example of the hypocrisy, close-mindedness, and hatefulness of certain liberal/progressive groups in this Jon Stewart special from five years back in which Code Pink targeted a Marine recruiting station for having the audacity to open up in the overwhelmingly liberal city of Berkeley, California. In one interesting exchange in the Jon Stewart video, one of the protestors says, in essence, that the rights of the Marines are not important. All this is not to say that Republicans and conservatives are perfect, but as I’ve taught my students this semester, your message has no credibility if you, the speaker or writer, have no credibility. And hypocrisy is the quickest way to undermine your own message. Clearly, this is an example of people who have knowledge without wisdom, without truth.
May you walk in the fellowship of God's boundless love today.