My name is Fred and I am a gay conservative living in Ottawa. This blog supports limited government, the right of the State of Israel to live in peace and security, and tries to expose the threat to us all from cultural relativism, post-modernism, and radical Islam. I am also the founder of the Free Thinking Film Society in Ottawa (

Friday, May 27, 2005

Going stark raving mad at a University...

This University seems to have gone mad.
A push for more diversity is causing a stir at the University of Oregon. Department heads across campus have castigated an early draft of a five-year plan, which would tie raises and promotions to "cultural competency" -- the ability to successfully work with people from all backgrounds -- and would give funding priority of new positions to departments that adhere to the university's diversity goals.

Oregon's plan calls for hiring up to 40 faculty members by 2012 to teach courses in a "cluster" of diversity-related topics, including race, gender, gay and disability studies as well as setting aside more financial aid for minority undergraduates and graduate students from ''under-represented'' backgrounds.

The critics wonder where the money will come from, and worry about the weight placed on political correctness in determining tenure.

"Many people were upset with the content in different ways; the plan was sort of an Orwellian, totalitarian plan," said Michael Kellman, a chemistry professor.
Whatever happened to teaching the great masters of western civilization? And, they talk about under-represented backgrounds? What about a course on Hasidic reggae? Sometimes, I really despair that political correctness is just taking over our lives.