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Academic Bill of Rights aimed at balance

Dear Editor,

Your Independent Voices question of Oct. 3, “Should Colorado set a quota to employ more conservative university professors?” is typical of the liberal media’s take on what the Academic Bill of Rights is not.

It is not an attempt to set hiring quotas based on political views. It is an attempt to rectify the teaching of liberal-only political views on 90 percent of today’s university campuses. Our college students should not be denied a conservative view of the world anymore than they should be denied a liberal view. But it is not a level playing field at today’s public and/or private universities.

An example, in September, Southern Methodist University and a few days later the University of California-Irvine shut down an affirmative action bake sale sponsored by conservative student organizations. By refusing to allow the public debate of a highly controversial political issue, these institutions violated the organizational neutrality they should be upholding.

The message to the students on these campuses is quite clear, if you encounter an opinion that you do not agree with, do not confront it, just silence the purveyor. This is not the lesson our children should be learning. After all, when was the last time a university called off an anti-war protest because someone found it offensive?

If you or your readers would like to inform themselves about what the aforementioned bill really says, they can read it here:

Stay informed, and God Bless America,

Bob Anderson

Glenwood Springs

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