We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Stopped giving money to that institution for general purposes a few years back when they went after the Christian Fellowship. Why they were worked up by a few students having Bible studies in the dorms I still don't get. I still give money, but I earmark my donation to the Crew since I was a rower. I figure there is not much that can be done to politically correct rowing, although I am sure they would like to try.
Targeting Christians is especially ironic, since the international missionary movement began on that campus in 1806 as the result of a student prayer meeting, and then spread out to the rest of the New England colleges, and from there around the world. Haystack Prayer Meeting. People are also making noises about covering up or removing the monument commemorating that event, however. Those Imperialistic Christian Missionaries (Wall Street Journal--may need a subscription to read).
People from around the world still visit the monument, although I suspect few are Americans. Since my ancestors became Christians because of the efforts of New England missionaries, I know I would not have been at that school (or where I am now) but for the efforts of the students at that first prayer meeting. So I knew exactly what that monument means every time I passed it. Another part of our heritage the Left would like to remove, however.
Thank you for the article, Barrister. I disliked the Bloomberg take that it has somehow been the Far Right going after science that has been heretofore the problem (though I expected nothing else), but was glad the author at least was able to see what is happening now.
Administrators are very aware that their students are customers, and the industry is in trouble. They increasingly skimp on the actual product and put more energy into the advertising and packaging.
Assistant Village Idiot