SMU’s Catch 22: We’re for free speech, unless it offends

Pratt on TexasI first picked up the story on Methodists’ further descent into secular Leftism from our friend Bob Zimmerman, the space historian and science writer, at his website

“SMU decides political displays must be hidden to avoid offending anyone” was the headline and Zimmerman began the piece with this: “The heckler’s veto wins: Southern Methodist University has ruled that all political displays must be moved to a less prominent location to avoid upsetting anyone. They have initiated this policy by telling a memorial to 9/11 that it must be moved.”

The Dallas Morning News had reported: “Nearly 3,000 flags have been placed on Southern Methodist University’s Dallas Hall Lawn every year since 2010, but the group responsible for the display, Young Americans for Freedom, was recently told it must be moved. University officials told Grant Wolf, who leads SMU’s Young Americans chapter, that the display can be placed only on Morrison-McGinnis Park, a less-prominent campus location informally known as MoMac Park.

“In a policy posted in July, SMU stated: “The University respects the right of all members of the SMU community to express their opinions. The University also respects the right of all members of the community to avoid messages that are triggering, harmful or harassing. It is the policy of the University to protect the exercise of these rights,” the News published.

You can’t have free speech if you insist that no one can be offended by it.

Zimmerman is on-target with this summary: “The tragedy here is that this is being done at a university, demonstrating once again the bankrupt state of intellectualism. You can’t have free speech if you insist that no one can be offended by it.”

The answer to free speech you don’t like is more free speech to counter those ideas. But the people at SMU can’t handle that. What a bunch of babies.

Methodist hierarchy as well as that as Lutherans, Episcopalians, and most of the traditional mainline denominations aren’t after intellectualism or biblical theological purity. Most have become little more than cesspools of Leftist secular humanism with their focus upon contemporary politics.

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