Parting Shot: Should Government Protect

Academic Leader

Well, here we go again. In a narrow vote, the South Dakota Senate rejected a bill that was designed to ensure "intellectual diversity in the free exchange of an array of ideas" on college campuses in the state. We in the academy should certainly embrace support from our state legislators that endorses such a concept. But (and here is the clinker), why is such legislation necessary? Is it designed to support the precious tenets of academic freedom? Is it to make sure that in the American society—which is increasingly diverse in every respect imaginable—respect for religious and cultural diversity that characterizes our society is protected? Hardly.

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