Comments: Surprised?

Oh Anne - just when I was preparing all during my morning run how I'd respond to your post on this issue. (actually, I'm not that surprised)

Umm..but still a few superficially supported shots at my beloved institution. I'll have to think some more before posting.

Posted by Col Steve at December 6, 2005 07:40 PM

professors claiming that their freedom is infringed by having somneone whose views they don't agree with sharing the campus with them? Strikes me as kind of stupid and whiny.

Me, too. All of it, actually, but that's the part that applies to me directly.

University of Hawai'i's still trying to figure out whether to create a Navy-affiliate research institution. The faculty (majority of Manoa's senate, anyway) and chancellors are against it, but the Regents have final say.

Posted by Jonathan Dresner at December 7, 2005 01:40 AM

Col. Steve - As you can tell, I'm deeply ambivalent about the military.

I have a huge respect for their mission and for the willingness of the soldiers to put their lives on the line if necessary...a respect I'm embarassed to admit to these days because of the horrible way I think the troops are being misused.

(rant removed)

But none of that is really the issue here. What's at issue is the question of prejudice. If the military lifts the ban on an estimated 10% of the population and allows gay and lesbian citizens of this country to serve if they choose to do so, then the current anti-recruiter problem will disappear.

There is no valid reason to bar these people from service. Certainly, gay men have been serving in the military since...well, since day one. The only difference would be that this part of our government would cease discriminating against them.

Posted by Anne at December 7, 2005 10:36 AM

Jonathan - I thought I might be overstating, but I really did thing that the article made the professors sound petulant.

While I do approve of universities standing up for freedom and equality, I also do believe that you can't squish a prejudice out of existence. Instead of refusing to sully themselves by living in the real world, these professors should take the opportunity to speak out against discrimination, wherever it's found.

Posted by Anne at December 7, 2005 10:55 AM