Eagle Forum Legislative Alerts
Friday, May 29, 2015
If you thought Obama believed in giving choice to women, think again. It’s only some kinds of choice he will tolerate, such as the choice whether or not to kill her baby; but certainly not the choice of whether to be a stay-at-home mom, or work full-time or part-time. A week before Obama’s now-famous stay-at-home-moms statement, Patricia Arquette used her acceptance speech at Hollywood’s Academy Awards to rouse up the audience with the statement, “it’s time to have wage equality once and for all, and equal rights for women in the United States.” She wasn’t talking about all women because it’s well known that unmarried and childless women in the workforce make almost as much as men, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Thursday, May 28, 2015
Colleges claim they grant admissions based on academic merit, and girls come out of high school with better grades than boys. But that doesn’t always mean they are smarter or more capable of doing college work or more likely to succeed after graduation. Boys do far better on average than girls on the SAT test for mathematics, which means that boys are better prepared than girls for STEM majors in college. This has been true every year for more than 40 years.
Wednesday, May 27, 2015
Another new and trendy phrase among college students is that they need “safe spaces” where their feelings can’t be hurt. The safe place at Brown University, for example, was equipped with cookies, coloring books, Play-doh, calming music, pillows, a video of frolicking puppies, and even staff trained to deal with trauma. “Safe places” are designed to shield students from being “bombarded” with upsetting opinions. For example, if a class discusses the “rape culture,” the college is supposed to provide a “safe space” for students who find some comments “troubling” or even (the new buzz word) “triggering.”
Tuesday, May 26, 2015
Professors are constantly talking about the need to overturn the “privilege theory.” It seems anyone who can’t claim to belong to an oppressed group must have an unfair advantage due to some unearned “privilege.” At Cornell University, an assistant dean of students said he would welcome a pro-ISIS group on campus, even if it wanted to conduct a training camp for students or send care packages to the Middle East. But at California State University, Stanislaus the Christian fraternity was barred from campus for “discrimination” because they required those holding fraternity leadership positions in its organization to be professing Christians.
Monday, May 25, 2015
Who would have thought, only a few years ago, that our First Amendment right of free speech would be under attack on college campuses (of all places!)? But colleges are now a hotbed of political correctness and suppression of personal opinion. Progressives want to shield students from what they call “scary ideas.” They aren’t referring to “scary” Halloween costumes or frightening and bloody battles in history. These scary ideas are what we normal people call opinions and free speech, but the left insists they are new buzz words such as “trigger warnings,” “outgrowths of fragility,” or “sexual paranoia.”