Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Media Discovers YU's Squeezing of Otteson

From a friend who wishes to remain anonymous:

As mentioned in July, YU has been doocing conservatives. Well, the media has finally caught on to YU's firing of acclaimed professor James Otteson from its Honors program. Some juicy details - including some uncovered email exchanges - are involved, so this is definitely worth the read. (You don't have to register - click the button next to it.) Here is background.

I hope YU learns its lesson. If it ever wants to become a real school, it is going to have to start acting like one. (And not like Harvard either...)

In one of the e-mails obtained by JTA, Otteson quoted Joel as telling him directly that he had the Y.U. president's support until he discovered the blog, some parts of which are deemed as offensive to women. Otteson also quoted Joel as calling him a "right-winger" and "not a suitable role model for students."

Otteson even contemplated a lawsuit against the university for breach of contract but has since backed down, according to the e-mails.

"My integrity and honor have been questioned," Otteson wrote. "And, more than that, what I believe are the most fundamental principles of education -- the marketplace of ideas, mutual tolerance and civility, disinterested pursuit of the truth, and, not least, liberty and independence of thought -- have been sacrificed to the altars of political correctness, intolerance, and bigotry. This is wrong and it must stop."