Tuesday, December 7, 2010

CampusReform.org: Liberal Political Bias at Vanderbilt University

Posted By on Tue, Dec 7, 2010 at 2:01 PM

Is this where you want your child educated?
  • Is this where you want your child "educated"?
Those insidious members of the intellectual elite are relentless in their obsession to "educate" the youth of America and pollute their brains with knowledge, and their latest socialist coup has been the takeover of Vanderbilt University.

At least that seems to be the opinion of conservative watchdog group CampusReform.org, which discovered Vanderbilt's liberal bias during a project "researching" the nation's top 100 universities. Most illuminating was the list of campus groups the organization identifies as "left-leaning," among them Advocates for the Immigrant Community (damn fur'ner lovers), Alternative Energy Club (friggin' Prius drivers) and the Alliance for Cultural Diversity (i.e., people who hate America).

Hey, if there's one thing we know the right-wing hates, it's cultural diversity. At least CampusReform isn't afraid to call a ... oh, never mind.

The list of "politicized courses" is even more entertaining:

Politicized courses at Vanderbilt include:

* Global Wealth and Poverty, which analyzes the "production of inequality";
* Pornography and Prostitution in History, which focuses on the effects of "capitalism", "globalization" and "technological change";
* U.S. Public Health Ethics and Policy, which offers "critical perspectives" on public health in the United States;
* Environmental Philosophy, which examines "global justice";
* Ethics and Feminism, analyzes "the social construction of gender" through topics of "patriarchal consciousness, the abuse of women, black feminism... and feminist ecology"; and
* Men and Women in American Society, which looks at gender in regard to "inequalities in the distribution of power and resources available to men and women."

Those damn liberals and their obsession with examining "global justice" and offering "critical perspectives" on public health in the U.S. And if Vanderbilt wants to stay stuck in that ’60s, hippie-dippie "women deserve to be treated equally" frame of mind, so be it.

The following claim, if true, is somewhat surprising:

"According to campaign finance data from the Huffington Post, in the 2008 presidential election, 86% of contributing Vanderbilt faculty and staff donated to Democratic candidates. In total, 85% ($215,248) of dollars donated to political campaigns by Vanderbilt faculty and staff went to Democratic candidates."

A brief Internet search to verify the claim was fruitless. We've emailed CampusReform.org to see if they can provide a link to the story, and will update this post if we hear back.

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