“Adventures in Academia: The Stuff of Fiction” by Margaret Wente (G&M)

If it isn’t obvious by now, I have a bit of a bee in my bonnet over the way that universities operate. Shockingly, this article appeared in the Globe and Mail (not exactly a bastion of rational argument). But Wente nails this one. What she describes is NOT out of the ordinary, nor will her comments be surprising to any open-minded individual who sets foot on campus. As a side note, I ran across this article on social media accompanied by the ravings of a number of ‘liberal arts’ students. What I found there was indistinguishable from self-parody as comment after comment reinforced the main tenets of Wente’s argument.

Adventures in Academia: The Stuff of Fiction (link)

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Hitting the Links

Solid interview Brian Lilley with Dr. Zuhdi Jasser at the Manning Conference. Jasser’s views on de-radicalization are spot-on.

Here’s a really great Telegraph article on the subject of academic freedom and multiculturalism in the U.K.

While I thought that talk of Alberta’s possible secession had died out, here it is again in the National Post, but this time from an American who has an interesting take on things.

Backlashophobia

Immediately after the Ottawa terror attack that killed Cpl Nathan Cirillo at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in October of last year, the Toronto Police Service released the following statement:

Although the news is still unclear as to who the perpetrator(s) is/are, some members of the community may link this attack to Islamic Extremists. We at Toronto Police Service have not made that link. I am asking you to relay to your mosques and their Imams, that we as a service, are aware that your mosques may be vulnerable to a backlash.[1]

This statement was part of a broader trend throughout Canada to declare that this Islam-inspired violence, directed at the heart of the Canadian state, has ‘nothing to do with Islam’.

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