Discrimination against white male found
By George Archibald
THE WASHINGTON TIMESAn English professor at the University of North Carolina illegally subjected a student to "intentional discrimination and harassment" because he was "a white, heterosexual Christian male" who expressed disapproval of homosexuality, the U.S. Education Department's Office of Civil Rights has ruled.
Professor Elyse Crystall violated student Timothy R. Mertes' civil rights, the agency said, by improperly accusing him of "hate speech" in an e-mail sent to students after a class discussion in which Mr. Mertes said he was a Christian and felt "disgusted, not threatened" by homosexual behavior. [....]
While i am all for inclusive and non-judgemental spaces in academia, i think that the over-compensation is becoming a bit much. People have different opinions. It is a fact of life that we will have to deal with people who don't agree with us, and even judge us. I understand that certain groups, such as LGBT folk, are subject to a lot of crap, however, the academic environment should not degenerate into a game of "when i want your opinion i'll tell you what it is" in the attempt to make things "safe" for any particular group.
The guys statements were offensive to those who don't share them, but no account i've read gives any basis to the accusation of "violence". He did not threaten anyone. He related an anecdote and expressed an opinion, in a discussion class. I am becoming more and more annoyed at the idea that a "safe space" means i should never have to hear any opinion that offends me. With all due respect, our skins have become mighty thin. Much like Bubble-Boy, if we are not exposed to such things, how will we ever learn to defend ourselves?