THE SERVANT GENERAL
ON FAITH, FAMILY AND LIFE
is a long read, but well worth it. Most Christians, committed
or otherwise, are totally unaware of what has been happening,
in the all-out assault by modernists, liberals, radical feminists
and LGBT forces to destroy faith, family and life.
have gotten our schools (certainly in the West, but more and
more in other nations as well). They have gotten our Catholic
schools, except for a few that resist the onslaught and remain
faithful to authentic Church teaching (authentic because there
is a lot of false and fake teaching in our Church now). When
they have the schools then they have our youth. When they
have our youth, then the future is truly bleak.
as this article says, this can actually be good news. But
only if (1) we are aware of what is going on, (2) we know
authentic Christian values and do not buy in to the predominant
secular and humanist culture of the age, and (3) we actually
resist the onslaught of evil.
The Left is forcing Christians out of colleges.
That’s actually good news for conservatives
10, 2017 (English Manif) -- In the eighth chapter of the Book
of John, Jesus Christ makes two statements in rapid succession.
They encapsulate in a few phrases wisdom to cure many Christians
of the anxieties that afflict the conservative movement. In
8:31, Jesus says, “If you continue in My word, you really
are My disciples. You will know the truth, and the truth will
set you free.” A few lines later, Jesus adds, “Everyone
who commits sin is a slave of sin.”
Twitter feed has exploded in recent weeks, with plentiful
panic about the pitiable state
of free speech on college campuses. Big cases—big
because they both worsen and reveal the deep structural wounds
caused by the purge of Christian
and conservative professors—played out
this week: John McAdams, Anthony Esolen, Rebecca Tuvel, Paul
McHugh, Carol Swain, Keith Fink, and Paul Griffiths.
know of other professors, and of people who know of still
others, who are in similar purges but who have to stay silent
because of confidentiality gags. Then you must account for
all the adjuncts like Mary Grabar who never got tenure-track
jobs, earlier exiles like John Zmirak who got out of the academy
for better lives, and the many conservatives in grad school
who sold their souls to liberals, ran out of the hallowed
halls screaming, or were chased out by the usual mobs of screeching
race hucksters, homofascists, feminazis, climate-change cabalists,
and Marxophonies before they could get their doctorates.
the dust settles on this sandstorm, there will be many,
many, many, many academics on the list of casualties.
Seven in one week are but the tip of a big iceberg untouched
by global warming.
the Time to Stay Calm is Over, Conservatives!
don’t know how many conservatives
the liberal academy is surgically removing
in what can no longer be denied or ignored for what it is—a
concerted putsch. This is the big political story of our era:
money, propaganda, conspiracies, corruption, fraud, sex, lies,
and hidden bodies.
is bigger than McCarthyism, and way more expensive. It has
involved financial corruption, tuition-based price-gauging,
nepotism, and conspiracy to use publicly funded charities
(universities) to advance one political party and stifle dissent.
Besides persecuting political
opponents, academia has corrupted research, knowingly spread
profligate falsehoods (especially about sex, gender, and race),
and defrauded millions of college graduates who went into
debt for an overpriced education that left them dysfunctional,
unemployable, mentally unstable, and brainwashed.
have witnessed a criminal transfer of wealth from hard-working
poor and middle-class families to fund managers and university
administrators swimming in a deluxe swamp of untaxed endowments
that are not being used to advance the common good.
the Evidence-Because It’s Really Bad for the Left
left perpetrated this and must be held accountable, not only
through shaming and a thorough accounting for the history
books, but also, through some kind of massive restitution.
The liberal corruption of academia coincided with enormous
increases in tuition and student debt (discussed in my book).
estimates of student loan debt range between one and two trillion
dollars, but this does not count all the money funneled into
university tax shelters, which are not being taxed, and all
the payments to colleges for tuition, books, fees, and other
expenses, in exchange for a faulty product people were forced
to buy through false advertising and a crooked credentialing
system. A massive part of the nation’s economy—and
of countless families’ budgets—went into a black
hole of waste, creating a drag on our country’s economic
growth and productivity, which nobody has yet fully theorized.
And the people who did this were insufferably smug and completely
wrong about everything, on top of all that. (Who will do a
study on this when all the economists are paid by or scared
months ago, when I came out with a book on higher education
called “Wackos Thugs & Perverts,” people thought
the title was outrageous. Now, as Berkeley has seen three
riots and three guest speakers blocked by politically correct
outrages, the harsh title seems almost too gentle. Isn’t
there something deeper going on?
is getting worse every day. Remember when
it was only conservatives who saw their freedom crushed and
they were generally deemed deserving of such treatment? I
remember. I remember when even conservative watchdogs thought
lots of us who came forward with stories were just loonies
because why else would so many people in the academy think
we were crazy?
last, some who caviled are now realizing what is afoot. The
AAUP responded to my SOS calls in 2014 with unworried emails,
saying there was no tenure or academic-freedom issue there.
They had the usual routine down, which they use, presumably,
when being forced to deal with a kook: “My job is to
make you go away, here’s a cookie; this gentleman with
the holstered Taser and a security badge will see you out
the back way. Good afternoon, Sir.” Now the AAUP is
actually starting to sweat (too late to help me, of course—I
left that job.)
Conservatives Need to Get Serious
can’t get it twisted, though; large numbers of conservatives
were either complicit with the racket or contributed to it
by their own foolishness. In 2015, I remember trekking to
Capitol Hill to meet with Republican lawmakers about academic
freedom, with the explicit aim of alerting them to the Higher
Education Act and provisions therein, which would enable them
to intervene in persecution cases like mine.
months of trying to get appointments, my friend and I arrived
to be told no lawmakers could meet with us, but instead two
charming twentysomethings would greet us in their dungarees
and flats, with mugs of coffee and yellow legal pads, the
pages of which I am sure did not survive five minutes after
my departure. These were interns or clerks or something—I
wasn’t quite sure.
told me they were concerned and keeping watch over academic
freedom, mostly by reading stories about Laura Kipnis. Prof.
Kipnis was a liberal Northwestern professor who wrote a column
defending the practice of professors sleeping with students,
and alluding to an ongoing rape investigation with dismissive
comments about the (unnamed) accusers. As a result of this,
the individuals who had raised the rape charges filed a Title
IX retaliation charge against Prof. Kipnis, which resulted
in her being investigated for two months and then cleared
of all charges. I asked the Hill interns, “are you aware
of other cases, for instance conservatives opposed to homosexuality,
where people were actually investigated for years and then
lost their jobs?”
replied something to the effect of, “I am sure such
friend stepped in to say, “It would be a very sad thing
if you guys diddled around talking about academic freedom
while Dr. Lopez, who’s been under investigation for
9 months already, had to leave his job in California, and
nothing got done about this. Think of all the others who will
lose their jobs.”
writing could not have been darker on the wall than it was
on that day. But the Hill interns said I should email them
with any updates (I did, with no response) and they would
keep an eye on things and let the appropriate lawmakers know
they met with me. My friend and I got phone calls with various
staffers over the next year, with nothing other than repetitive
references to the case of Laura Kipnis. “We sent a letter
to Northwestern about Laura Kipnis’s case,” one
told me. I responded, with growing unease, “great! She
seems a great lady! But she was cleared of all charges and
has a job. Do you think you might send a letter to my
don’t want to make things worse,” they said.
need hearings!” I was screaming like a crazy person
screaming, “soylent green is people!” My dean,
who would be named the head of the Clinton Global Initiative
on campus and got elected to be president of the
National Council of Deans of Arts and Sciences (which is interesting
since she is dean of neither arts nor sciences), methodically
loaded up my personnel file with reprimand letters and procedural
annoyances until at last I decided the only fate worse than
losing tenure at Cal State Northridge would be having
tenure at Cal State Northridge. But as I was on my way
out, I had some consolation that finally Congress was going
to hold hearings about academic freedom.
Robert George, distinguished with his grey locks and gleaming
spectacles, appeared before Congress alongside a bunch of
his students and a leftist who was told he could not hang
up Bernie Sanders posters at Georgetown.
spoke about the importance of free thought and exchange of
ideas, etc., etc., etc., while I proceeded to pull out most
of my hair screaming at the wall, “this is it? These
are your hearings? These people aren’t about to be fired.
When will we talk about defunding the colleges and subpoenaing
all the creepy Medusa figures in the administration who keep
landing millions of dollars in grants and harassing conservative
Christians until they leave?”
ready for the death toll-but stop diddling
many campuses that pushed out conservatives, the routine was
frighteningly similar. Well aware of FIRE and other groups
devoted to academic freedom, the administrators had learned,
by a few years ago, that they could not attack conservatives
by openly repudiating their conservatism. They either frame
them for some unrelated procedural violation (falsifying files
if they have to), or else drag them into a complicated investigation
that they know will not survive an academic-freedom challenge,
but will likely lead to the victim breaking a rule like confidentiality,
notification, disclosure, or non-retaliation.
this was how the system worked and still works, countless
people live now under investigation, facing certain ousters.
They are hostages but we do not know where they are, since
they are cowed by confidentiality rules, gag orders, and the
observation that courts are siding with liberal oppressors.
you want to save academic freedom, be aware of some hurtful
conservatives dropped the ball. Nothing they’ve done
worked and if they don’t try new approaches, this will
become even worse.
no painless strategy can fix this. You love homecoming, reunions,
the football games, and the friends you made in college. You
may have nostalgia for all you learned and the warm professors
who guided you into adulthood. But those charms chain you
to an oppressive system that threatens our democracy.
are utterly hostile to your values and to God—even the
vast majority of religious colleges. They
got this bad because they rely on a steady stream of money
that has never slowed or stopped, no matter how outraged the
nation became. The only strategy that will work will be financial.
The federal government must cease all public funding for colleges
and universities, save for trade or vocational programs and
seminaries (which are vocational). Our nation’s debt
matches, roughly, the enormous amounts of cash that this corrupt
system has funneled out of the functioning economy into their
twisted Wonderland of emotional torture, sexual depravity,
and fiscal recklessness.
you love in the university system will experience pain if
this system is to be fixed. Grants, backing of student loans,
and tax exemptions on donations must all cease. Forget the
conservative refrain of local and state control—the
federal government got thoroughly entangled in all this and
must take the lead. These are not non-profit charities so
that loophole smacked of fraud from the beginning. In the
case of most Catholic colleges, the non-profit status actually
constituted charities fraud since the church has not yet reversed
its stance on chastity yet these Catholic colleges not only
fund homosexual social groups but even persecute people who
defend Biblical sexuality on their own campuses.
such a strategy pursued, we would see massive job losses,
the abolition of tenure, the closing of many struggling colleges,
and cuts in pay. The wasteful and parasitic administrative
class would have to go, causing painful unemployment to possibly
millions of people who have made their living off the fat
of this monstrous system. So many good people with good intentions
would be hurt in the process. For that we must grieve.
I left my job and quit tenure. It can be done. The universities
and their workers brought this infernal crisis on themselves.
They had adequate warnings and have no excuse for why they
let the situation get this far.
go of “academic freedom”
you must realize that this is not about academic freedom in
the way we have discussed it thus far.
you are truly conservative, your end goal is not a state of
academic freedom, which would imply a situation in which all
ideas are expressed and allowed on campus forums, and nobody
is blocked from or suffers retaliation for their statements.
Such a world would lack all discernment. It would be without
virtue, without distinctions, constantly doubting its morals,
and incapacitating the triumph of any position over others
even in matters of grave importance. It would be demonic.
you are conservative, and especially if you are Christian,
what you seek is the Truth. The Truth is from God and exists
as wisdom un-darkened by confusion and sinful thoughts. The
Truth is not only what is, but what is right. With our imperfect
minds, we cannot rush to decide what Truth is. We cannot censor
competing views, except when we can show certainty. But academic
freedom within such a system is a means to an end, a tool
to build our monument to the Truth. In debates eventually
we must acknowledge Truth where it lies, not remain uncommitted.
left became horrendous because the left was wrong. Their prescriptions
about improving race relations did not work because they were
wrong. They were wrong about homosexuality and now we see
the falsehoods of the LGBT movement growing more arrogant
and multiplying as people who were celebrated
for their errors now see further false affirmations as their
entitlement, and Truth as an attack on their fragile sense
Truth is on our side. Now as we see all of higher education
declare war on Truth, and on us because we championed it,
we have nothing to lose. Do not hide behind caveats of academic
freedom, as if all we want is to be given a chance to speak,
a slush fund to bring Ann Coulter for a speech, a seat on
a panel beside people peddling lies—that is not what
we want. We want the left to stop lying. We want to proclaim
the Truth so people see it, and stop listening to the left,
and start listening to God. If this means that academia crashes
and turns into ruins of a lost past, do not be mournful. Rejoice,
for God has given us victory. Do not worry for tenure or being
published somewhere prestigious or stuffing your resume with
awards and grants. God gave you legs to walk and a tongue
to shout His Word from the rooftops.
is lost. We will never get our desks and library carrels back.
Harvard will not ask us to speak what we know from behind
a podium with a brilliant seal while the future leaders of
America applause and smile. We have won our
freedom. Enjoy it.
with permission from English Manif.