In England, the Universities and Colleges Union is discussing today a neat little motion which would require Jewish or Israeli professors to clearly explain -- before being hired -- their political beliefs. As Melanie Phillips writes in the Spectator, the motion
not only raises the spectre yet again of an academic boycott of Israel but demands of Jewish and Israeli academics that they explain their politics as a pre-condition to normal academic contact. The motion asks colleagues
"to consider the moral and political implications of educational links with Israeli institutions, and to discuss the occupation with individuals and institutions concerned, including Israeli colleagues with whom they are collaborating... the testimonies will be used to promote a wide discussion by colleagues of the appropriateness of continued educational links with Israeli academic institutions... Ariel College, an explicitly colonising institution in the West Bank, be investigated under the formal Greylisting Procedure."
The implication is that, if they don’t condemn Israel for the ‘occupation’, or practising ‘apartheid’, ‘genocide’ or any of the other manufactured crimes laid at Israel’s door by the Palestinian/Islamist/neonazi/leftwing axis, they won’t be able to work. Their continued employment will depend on their holding views which are permitted. The views they are being bludgeoned into expressing as a condition of their employment are based on lies, distortion, propaganda, gross historical ignorance, blood libels and prejudice. And this in the universities, supposedly the custodians of free thought and inquiry in the service of dispassionate scholarship.
A little closer to home, Canada's York University student union is calling for a ban on all student groups that are anti-abortion. Explains the vice-president of the student union:
student clubs will be free to discuss abortion in student space, as long as they do it "within a pro-choice realm," and that all clubs will be investigated to ensure compliance.
"You have to recognize that a woman has a choice over her own body," Ms. Massa said. "We think that these pro-life, these anti-choice groups, they're sexist in nature ... The way that they speak about women who decide to have abortions is demoralizing. They call them murderers, all of them do ... Is this an issue of free speech? No, this is an issue of women's rights."
Note: this is a college-educated person. "Is this an issue of free speech? No, this is an issue of women's rights." What about a woman's right to say, "Um, I think abortion is wrong"?
Thankfully, York's administration has "condemned" the decision. Let's hope they maintain that position when some pro-choice weenie files a complaint with Canada's human rights kangaroo court. Cause of action: "That group claims that abortion is murder, and I support a woman's right to choose, and now that group is making me FEEL BAD ABOUT MYSELF!"
I also note that the student union waited until most of the students had left for summer break before enacting this policy. What courage!
Via Protein Wisdom.