Originally created 03/08/06

Ivy League treachery



Ivy League universities are known for being a bastion of far-left elitism, but they are even more of a bastion of hypocrisy.

Consider the federal law that withholds government funds from universities that bar military recruiters from their campuses. Ivy League law professors - reputed to be the best and brightest legal academicians in the nation - actually tried to convince the U.S. Supreme Court that this law was unconstitutional, that allowing recuiters' speech on law school campuses violated the schools' freedom to associate.

Of course, the Supremes didn't buy it. Writing for a unanimous court, Chief Justice John Roberts interjected a note of common sense, which to insulated-from-reality Ivy League law school profs must have seemed like alien thought.

"Recruiters are, by definition, outsiders who come onto campus for the limited purpose of trying to hire students - not to become members of the school's expressive association," wrote Roberts. He then reminded the law-school know-it-alls that the proper response isn't to ban unpopular speech, it's to answer it with more speech: "Students and faculty are free to associate to voice their disapproval of the military's message."

To say that Ivy League schools are out of touch with the real world is too kind an assessment. Their legal assault on military recruiters smacks heavily of anti-Americanism, even hatred for the country on whose soil they rest. Who do they think protects their precious right to protest the military? It's the military, of course. Yet they seek to keep the U.S. military off their campuses even as they welcome the Taliban.

Yes, while prestigious Ivy League schools must turn down thousands of qualified U.S. student applicants each year, Yale University accepted one Sayed Rahmatullah Hashemi, a former spokesman and envoy for Afghanistan's brutally repressive Taliban regime. Yale was reportedly especially proud to enroll the Taliban apologist because Harvard signed up the last "foreign student of Hashemi's caliber."

Unbelievable. Ivy schools claim they oppose ROTC and military recruiters on their campuses because the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy toward homosexuals is repressive and discriminatory. Yet they welcome on campuses members of a regime that routinely stoned homosexuals to death. And they don't see the callous hypocrisy in that?

The Taliban also treated women like chattel, denying them any human rights - even the right to learn to read. Feminist groups ought to be swarming Ivy League campuses with protesters, but instead they're running Harvard President Lawrence Summers out of his job because he once suggested, as a hypothesis, that the intellects of men and women may, in some respects, be different from each other.

Warped sensibilities. Mindless anti-Americanism. Senseless priorities. That's the Ivy League for you. Why anyone besides the Taliban and other terrorists want to go there is beyond us. American applicants who get turned down should count themselves lucky.



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