FROM THE COUNTY CHAIRMAN’S DESK

“Liberal bias at American colleges and universities is something we hear a lot about today”, Nathan Harden, Editor, The College Fix, a higher education news website, stated in a speech delivered in 2012 at Hillsdale College in Minnesota and published in their publication Imprimis. Harden’s speech described a book entitled “God & Man at Yale” (1951) written by William F. Buckley, Jr., a 1950 Yale graduate. Buckley described ideas he brought with him to Yale, including his world view. Buckley wrote in the preface: “I had always been taught, and experience had fortified the teachings, that an active faith in God and a rigid adherence to Christian principles are the most powerful influences toward the good life. I also believed….that free enterprise and limited government had served the country well and probably continue to do so in the future.”

According to Harden, Buckley’s book provided actual evidence that Yale’s academic agenda was openly “antagonistic” to those ideas rather “than functioning as an open forum for ideas. Buckley’s expose was something new, and it stirred national controversy”. Buckley, who founded the influential magazine, National Review, which “became the “germ” for the Reagan coalition that united conservatives and free market libertarians, wrote in his book: “I myself believe that the duel between Christianity and atheism is the most important in the world. I further believe that the struggle between individualism and collectivism is the same struggle reproduced on another level.” Harden, himself a 2009 Yale graduate, was inspired by Buckley to write a similar book fifty-nine years later, entitled Sex and God at Yale. It “shows that Yale liberals are still actively working to refashion American politics and culture”.

Harden noted that “while the Yale of Buckley’s book was promoting socialist ideas in its economics department, my book chronicles Yale’s recent employment of a professor who publicly praised terrorist organizations….There is clearly a radical sexual agenda at work at Yale today. Professors and administrators who came of age during the sexual revolution are busily indoctrinating students in a culture of promiscuity. In fact, Yale pioneered, later replicated by Brown, Duke, Harvard, Illinois, Northwestern and Wisconsin universities, the hosting of a campus ‘Sex Week’- a festival of sleaze, porn and debauchery, dressed up as sex education.” The week highlighted hard-core pornographic movies and giving of permission to sex toy manufacturers and porn production companies to market their products to students. And all this happened with the full knowledge and approval of Yale’s senior leadership, who defended their position in the name of “academic freedom”, according to Harden. Yale even admitted a known former Taliban diplomat in 2005, Sayed Rahmatulla Hashemi, who bragged to the New York Times: “I could have ended up in Guantanamo Bay. Instead I ended up at Yale”.

Harden’s book, Sex and God at Yale, reflects on the traditional idea of a liberal education that consisted of the greatest thoughts and valuable objectives of classic authors and thinkers into a “hodgepodge of new disciplines”. Harden concluded: “Our universities have lost touch with the purpose of liberal arts education, the pursuit of truth. In abandoning that mission- indeed by denying its possibility- our institutions of higher learning are afflicted to the core. The political freedom that makes a liberal arts education possible requires an ongoing and active defense of liberty. Try exercising academic freedom in a place like Tehran or Kabul”. It is imperative that parents send their children to colleges and universities that exercise academic freedom.