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Accuracy in Academia ^ | September 11, 2006 | Malcolm A. Kline

Posted on 09/11/2006 10:37:27 AM PDT by JSedreporter

Knight Moves University officials continue to demonstrate hostility towards Catholicism that borders on persecution. We have posted stories on the failure of college administrators to take action when student newspapers publish sacrilegious cartoons. Their declarations of support for freedom of the press would be more believable if they took the same approach towards sketches that offend Islamic and Gay Rights groups.

Add to the mix the University of Wisconsin’s attempt to ban the Knights of Columbus. The Catholic fraternity is already invisible enough on cutting-edge campuses loosely affiliated with the Church, such as Georgetown’s.

“Although the Knights have been a recognized student group at the University of Wisconsin’s main campus in Madison since 1976, the school this summer decided to drop recognition of the group after concluding that their membership requirements—one must be a Catholic male over age 18—violate federal, state, city, and university nondiscrimination laws and policies,” Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council reports. “But the U.S. Supreme Court long ago decided that the First Amendment guarantees of free speech and free association also include the right of organizations to exclude those who disagree with their message or violate their membership standards.”

“As recently as July (in a case in which FRC filed a friend-of-the-court brief), the U.S. 7th Circuit Court ruled in a similar case in favor of the Christian Legal Society against Southern Illinois University School of Law.”

Peter Goes to John School Peter Dawson, a part-time professor at the George Washington University Law School got some legal training he had not bargained for but hopefully he will not try to pass it on to his students. Dawson, who also serves as a corporal on the University Police Department, was arrested for soliciting sex.

“Dawson’s case was dismissed Friday, but his arrest will remain on his record, said Associate Judge John Mott of the D.C. Superior Court, who presided over Dawson's hearing,” Brandon Butler and Kaitlyn Jahrling reported in the GW Hatchet on September 5th. “Mott is also a part-time professor at GW Law School.”

“To have the case dismissed, Dawson paid a $300 fee and attended an eight-hour class at the U.S. Attorney’s John School, a diversion program that is ‘designed to reduce recidivism among those arrested for solicitation,’ according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office Web site.”

Crash Course We should point out that one of DC’s real cops, Inspector Andy Solberg, has to undergo sensitivity training because he said after a murder in tony Georgetown that the city’s blacks rarely go there. Washington, D.C. police chief Charles H. Ramsey “also instructed Solberg to create a lesson plan for the police academy based on the Oscar-winning 2005 movie ‘Crash,’ in which issues of class, race, crime and police conduct collide in Los Angeles,” Allison Klein reported in the Washington Post on July 25th. “Solberg said Ramsey gave him the task because Solberg is a former D.C. public schools teacher.”

“The community meeting came after the killing of British citizen Alan Senitt, 27, whose throat was slashed during a robbery in Georgetown,” Klein reported.”

“ Police quickly arrested four people.”

“Senitt was white,” Klein wrote, “and the four suspects are black.”

Textbook Publishers Play Hardball Apparently, textbook publishers now want to be spared the labor of proving that their offerings are accurate. “Eric Schlosser, the anti-fast food crusader who wrote Fast Food Nation, has a new ‘children’s book’ out on the same subject, titled Chew on This, Joseph Bast of the Heartland Institute reports. “ I put ‘children’s book’ in quotation marks because while this book has pictures and simplifies complicated issues, it delivers a mostly grown-up message about how evil big corporations exploit farmers, hide the harmful health effects of their products, pay their employees too little, put profits before people ... well, you know the litany.”

“Heartland Science Director Jay Lehr wrote a review of Chew on This pointing out its flaws and chastising Schlosser for trying to change public policy by targeting kids.” But the Institute’s efforts did not advance the debate. That’s because the publisher of the textbook tried to intimidate the watchdog group into silence.

“Houghton Mifflin, Schlosser’s publisher and one of the largest book publishers in the world, hired an outside public relations firm to investigate Heartland’s history and funding and to warn editors against publishing or reporting what we might say,” Bast recounts. “Unbelievable, you say?”

“In an interview with Bloomberg LLC, Schlosser accused Heartland of being an “Astroturf” organization and a “fake grassroots organization.”

“Heartland was founded by a group of small business owners 22 years ago and has 1,400 donors,” Bast notes. “What’s “fake” about that?”

Malcolm A. Kline is the executive director of Accuracy in Academia.


TOPICS: Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: aia; anticatholicism; cartoons; chewonthis; gwu; highereducation; soliciting; textbooks; uwiscmadison

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