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Republicans Are An Endangered Species At Top Universities - Survey

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One-Sided Liberal Indoctrinations, and Fear of Retaliation for Conservatives

WASHINGTON - eTradeWire -- A new survey shows that Republicans are increasingly an endangered species on many university campuses, even in states which are primarily Republican, since almost half of the departments in those states [33 out of 65] did not have even a single registered Republican on the faculty.

The results are not only one-sided discussions and presentations - some say indoctrinations - in classes, but a real fear that they may be punished by their professors, with lower grades and problems obtaining letters of recommendation, for expressing conservative views, says public interest law professor John Banzhaf.

Another frightening consequence of overwhelmingly liberal - sometimes even ultra-liberal - faculties is that students are afraid to speak up.  For example, two ultra-liberal institutions of higher education - Harvard University and the George Washington University [GWU] Law School  - stifle free speech on campus according to reports by distinguished professors, notes Banzhaf.

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At GWU, Prof Turley reports that he routinely has visits from students who wonder if they dare to speak freely in classes without being penalized by professors; a fear he has heard about only in the past several years.

Turley notes that what is happening at GWU Law School is happening on many campuses, and suggests that "it is the widespread fear of conservative students who have faced faculties with overwhelmingly liberal viewpoints and growing intolerance on virtually every campus."
More recently he wrote that "other faculty . . . are fearful of being publicly targeted by their colleagues or students. In three decades of teaching, I have never seen this level of intolerance and the general lack of support for free speech on many campuses."

Although there may be no concrete evidence that any GWU law professor even penalized a student because he was conservative or libertarian, the concern - if not fear - that this could happen may not be completely unreasonable.

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That's because GWU's law students probably have read of many instances at GWU, and on other campuses, where students have been punished by their universities for what they said or otherwise expressed.

So, at Harvard, whose motto is "Veritas" (truth), as well as at what some have called GWU (perhaps half jokingly) "The Harvard on the Potomac," as well as at many other universities, truth may be dying if students are afraid to say what they believe to be true for fear of being penalized, argues Professor Banzhaf.

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Source: Public Interest Law Professor John Banzhaf
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