“LGBT Studies” Goes to Far

January 14, 2010

This past Tuesday evening, January 12th, the Student Life Committee of the SA Senate voted to send two bills (SR-10-01 and SR-10-02) to the floor of the Senate for consideration, respectively advocating a gender-neutral housing program and a minor in LGBT studies.

This is more than ridiculous; it is nothing more than the progressive left attempting to use our University as a platform for forcing its agenda on the student body and in our classrooms. There is absolutely no need for a LGBT or “queer studies” minor or even discipline in the academy. Moreover, the proposal ignores other academic interests (such as naval or military science minors) that would benefit larger communities on campus whose academic needs remain unmet.

My friend and GW YAF Director of Press, Joe Naron, hit the nail on the head; “The new initiative for an “LGBT Studies minor” is nothing more than a means of political indoctrination to the homosexual agenda masquerading as an attempt at intellectual diversity.” GW and other universities around the country have been more than accommodating to gay and lesbian students, however this accommodation does not include a new academic discipline. “All of this is aimed at using colleges across the nation to reject any ideas of tradition and morality in gender and conduct and replace them with a queer narrative of society. Advocates of these bills openly admit that the reason behind these initiatives is not academic exploration of diverse topics, but an attempt at reducing discrimination.” Our university and higher education has no room for this kind of anti-intellectual, agenda driven “academic discipline.” What’s next? In keeping up with equality, should heterosexual students propose a “Straight Studies minor?” No, because it is beyond ridiculous, just as “LGBT Studies,” has no place in higher education.

Sam K. Theodosopoulos is the Editor-at-Large of the GW YAF Blog.


Anti-GWYAF Activist Runs for Congress

January 13, 2010

Monday’s Hatchet reports,“A GW graduate and controversial anti-war advocate is making a bid for a Congressional seat in New Mexico ‘s third district.” The candidate is Adam Kokesh, “a 2008 political management graduate, best known at GW for inciting a campus-wide controversy when he co-authored notorious posters regarding Muslims in 2007.  For those who were not acquainted with GW at the time of this puerile, dishonest, far-left stunt, Kokesh and another senior led a malicious smear campaign against YAF.  They created posters that very negatively and simple-mindedly, depicted Muslims and bore the slogan, “Hate Muslims? So Do We!”  When it was believed that YAF was responsible for the posters, it was called hate speech and executive board members were threatened with expulsion.  When it was discovered that Kokesh and other left-leaning students were responsible for this act, the University softened their stance, called the posters satire and merely gave the students academic probation for postering illegally.  This touched off a national media blitz exposing the liberal bias of George Washington University.

Kokesh was nationally known for his far-left political protests, which include wearing his military uniform to anti-war protests, getting arrested at one of the Senate office buildings, and for childishly and disrespectfully interrupting Senator McCain’s acceptance speech at the 2008 GOP Convention.

Protest arrests and dishonest far-left political tactics do not qualify one (save a few) to serve in Congress. What’s frightening is that Kokesh still believes he was doing right when he attempted to frame YAF for producing racist posters:

“Those posters actually embody the heart of my campaign, to not take things for granted and instead to question everything,” Kokesh said. “The posters were made to reveal the scare tactics of today’s government and media. We can’t let the government scare us. Terrorists are not going to jump out of our television screens.”

Such naivety in terms of foreign policy, his childish view of government, and his record of poor judgment should automatically disillusion anyone, from supporting his candidacy.  Mr. Kokesh has on several occasions demonstrated that he is unfit to serve in government or any elected position.

Sam K. Theodosopolous is the Editor-at-Large of  the GW YAF Blog


A People’s History?

December 11, 2009

Radical historian Howard Zinn, has long been an enemy of conservatives and many others who are not moved by his version of American History, which discusses the evils of capitalism, the promise of Marxism, and denies American exceptionalism.

From Big Hollywood:

“His controversial 1980-book The People’s History of the United States paints traditional American history as a façade – one that has grotesquely immortalized flawed leaders and is based on principles that victimize the common man. In 2004, Zinn wrote a companion book entitled Voices Of A People’s History Of The United States, which includes speeches and writings from many of the people featured in The People’s History.”

These two books have now become the basis for a new documentary, entitled The People Speak, to be aired December 13th at 8pm on the History Channel. The documentary is a supposed collage of compelling one-person readings, told through the words of “ordinary” people who have struggled throughout American history against oppression.

Early last month GWU’s School of Media and Public Affairs hosted hip-hop artist Lupe Fiasco, and producer Chris Moore to discuss this new documentary.

As is the case with the climate change debate, GWU once again fails in its basic responsibility to educate its students on both sides of the issues.  First students are encouraged to read Tom Friedman’s liberal environmentalist book, and now they are about to be indoctrinated with a liberal, and even socialist, skewed interpretation of American history.

Perhaps due to their one-sided perspective of America’s past, Zinn’s history books have largely been limited to colleges and universities, until now. The GWU administration, like most left-wing groups, tries to conceal their left-wing agenda and hold that they are open minded.  However, this semester the administration is having a tough time concealing their left-leaning agenda by promoting the Friedman book, inviting Michelle Obama to commencement, and now adopting a very left-wing interpretation of American History.

How far will GWU go?

Sam K. Theodosopoulos is the Editor-at-Large of the GW YAF Blog.


GW Makes Me Green

December 11, 2009

Read GWYAF President Travis Korson’s take on GW’s Green Programs in his weekly column for the Quad


The Climate Change Indoctrination Continues

December 8, 2009

Once again, The George Washington University is guilty of indoctrinating their students about the climate change “crisis.”

GW Today reports:

“On Dec. 4, a panel of University administrators discussed the ways Thomas Friedman’s book Hot, Flat and Crowded, this year’s selection for the Freshman Reading Program, relates to sustainability efforts on campus.”

Furthermore, they report that:  “New York Times columnist and best-selling author Thomas Friedman will deliver a public lecture at GW Jan. 21.”

Here is the scary evidence of indoctrination:

“According to Dr. Rulnick, her division has been trying to find its own solutions, from creating a “green alumni network” on LinkedIn to sending copies of Mr. Friedman’s book to 50 high schools that send graduates to GW. The next freshman class may include lots of students who have already read the book, she said.”

As I outlined in a previous post, it should not be the goal of GWU or any other institution of higher learning, to make its students environmental evangels; rather they should present both sides of the issue and let the students draw his/her own conclusions. It is painfully obvious that by accepting Freidman’s book as fact and not having students read or be presented with opposing views that the university is failing in one of its most basic responsibilities: to produce students who have critical thinking skills.

Moreover, GW is apparently taking the indoctrination one step further by having high school students who are interested in attending GW read the book first, so they are already environmental evangelists. This is scary.

Sam K. Theodosopulos is the Editor-at-Large if the GWYAF Blog.


Cozying up with the Obamas

December 7, 2009

GWYAF President Travis Korson comments on the current state of the relationship between the University and Obama administrations in his weekly article on the Quad, Young America’s Foundation National Blog.

http://www.yaf.org/ObamaandGWU.aspx


Daily Colonial Covers Gender Neutral Housing

December 7, 2009

Read GWYAF’s take in the debate here: http://dailycolonial.com/?p=2055