Normally I place updates following my posts, but these are too good for that.
Read "Vigilante Censorship Alive and Well in Kentucky" at Protein Wisdom:
I write quite frequently here about how the tenets of classical western liberalism, particularly freedom of speech and assembly, have been bastardized in the humanities and social sciences of many modern “progressive” universities—and about how the subversion and re-signification of these concepts into their near opposites (free speech is now “free” only when confined to a designated space in the commons, and groups that gather willingly to express certain political views are considered “threatening” or “intimidating” or “intolerant” to those with competing views, and therefore must be broken up) are helping to promote an idea of “tolerance” that would find itself quite at home among history’s totalitarian regimes, where behavior is often controlled by an effort to control and delegitimize thought.and FIRE's The Torch
In an effort to show that I’m not overstating the case (this new paradigm for personal freedoms is, according to many on the progressive left who like to paint me as reactionary and paranoid, as toothless a constraint on liberty as dishonest criticism of the war is on public perception), I’ve been pointing out instances of such abuses, along with the rationale offered for them, courtesy of FIRE.
After nearly five years of dealing with all the terrible and often absurd abuses of free speech in higher education, I am a hard person to shock, but hats off to professor Sally Jacobsen of Northern Kentucky University (NKU) for showing me the most perverted inversion of the concept of free speech I have seen in a long time.Here's the professor personally destroying property in "defense" of free expression.
Jacobsen, a professor at NKU, invited students in one of her classes to “to express their freedom-of-speech rights to destroy [an anti-abortion] display if they wished to.” The anti-abortion display had been erected by an NKU student group with permission from university officials. You can see a picture of her apparently actually helping destroy the display (which was a field of approximately 400 tiny crosses) in The Northerner On Line.
George Orwell’s name is bandied about a lot these days, but cases like this demonstrate why: a university professor is trying to claim destruction of others’ property and expression equals free speech? That’s madness.
More pictures here. A criminal case against her seems like a slam dunk, since Jacobsen has also admitted her moral involvement while obfuscating her direct participation:
Sally Jacobsen, a longtime professor in NKU's literature and language department, said the display was dismantled by about nine students in one of her graduate-level classes.Emphasis, mine. Excuse for irrational behavior, Ms Jacobsen's.
"I did, outside of class during the break, invite students to express their freedom-of-speech rights to destroy the display if they wished to," Jacobsen said.
Asked whether she participated in pulling up the crosses, the professor said, "I have no comment." [I guess this is irrelvant since we have photos of her doing it and also indicative she doesn't actually possess the angst of her prejudices.]
She said she was infuriated by the display, which she saw as intimidating and a "slap in the face" to women who might be making "the agonizing and very private decision to have an abortion."
Jacobsen said it originally wasn't clear who had placed the crosses on campus. [So?]
She said that could make it appear that NKU endorsed the message. [A) "Endorsed" or not, the signs were legal. B) When did Ms Jacobsen become the sole administratrix of NKU?]
Pulling up the crosses was similar to citizens taking down Nazi displays on Fountain Square, she said. [Obligatory NAZI reference in defense of NAZI-like behaviour.]
"Any violence perpetrated against that silly display was minor compared to how I felt when I saw it. Some of my students felt the same way, just outraged," Jacobsen said.
The group that had placed the crosses is pressing charges.
It will be interesting to see if Ms Jacobsen can retain her job. Never mind the documented felony. Her lack of understanding of what free speech means in this country, combined with a profound failure in judgment, brings her competence into question.
Bill Hobbs has resigned from his job at Belmont University for posting a Mohammed cartoon on a private blog.
Ms Jacobsen aided and abetted a felony as part of her teaching duties. She hasn't even apologized.
So, since Jacobsen is Interim Director of Women's Studies at NKU, don't miss NKU's Women's Studies home page, where felonious property destruction is not even mentioned:
Northern Kentucky University's Women's Studies Program offers an undergraduate minor. Through a cohesive curriculum exploring feminism, feminist theory, and social and political issues surrounding race, ethnicity and gender, the WMS Program introduces students to the history of women; their social, cultural and scientific contributions; as well as stressing the importance of social responsibility, activism, and community outreach. The program supports and sponsors both on and off campus events relevant to women's social, cultural and political issues with a strong sense of commitment to women in the metropolitan region.... though perhaps it should be. Professor Jacobsen spoke at a conference in 2003 titled "Moral Education in a Diverse Society". Her session was Teaching Civic Responsibility in Women’s Studies. Apparently, she didn't intend this to be done by example.
Feminist theory and feminist activism have gained a new historical footnote via the actions of Professor Jacobsen.