20 October 2008

You Can't Handle the Truth

Part One - When Environmentalism is the religion, thou shalt not speak ill of the savior. Even if it's the truth:
A government report that found old-fashioned reusable nappies damage the environment more than disposables has been hushed up because ministers are embarrassed by its findings. The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has instructed civil servants not to publicise the conclusions of the £50,000 nappy research project and to adopt a “defensive” stance towards its conclusions.

The report found that using washable nappies, hailed by councils throughout Britain as a key way of saving the planet, have a higher carbon footprint than their disposable equivalents unless parents adopt an extreme approach to laundering them.
Part Two - Never expose youth to something they may find appealing:

The College of St. Catherine administration has barred CNN commentator Bay Buchanan from speaking on the St. Kate’s campus, according to Ken Doyle, president of the Minnesota Association of Scholars. The St. Kate’s College Republicans, a student organization, was planning a tea and discussion with Ms. Buchanan, in conjunction with the speaker’s scheduled same-day lecture at the University of Minnesota. “The students were planning a really classy event,” said St. Kate’s physics professor Terry Flower, advisor to the group. “They’re all about intellectual diversity and the marketplace of ideas.”

From the St. Kate's website, its student handbook indicates that their students are supposed to enjoy freedom of expression: Students enjoy the collective assurance and protection of free inquiry and open exchange of facts, ideas and openness. Students are free to take reasoned exception to the data or views offered in any course of study and to reserve judgment on debatable issues. This free exchange in no way diminishes the responsibility of the student for learning the content of a course.

College used to be about opening minds. Today, college is about slamming the door in the face of those that do not tote the mono cultural ideology that runs nearly every campus.

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