Thursday, March 13, 2008

OSU librarian forced to resign over 'sexual harassment'

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"A former librarian at Ohio State University-Mansfield who was publicly accused by the faculty of sexual harassment – just for recommending students read the best-selling book "The Marketing of Evil" by David Kupelian – has filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against the school and faculty members, alleging they violated his 1st and 14th Amendment rights." -

According to this article, two openly gay professors at OSU pushed for the forced resignation of a Quaker librarian under accusations of 'sexual harassment.' And what exactly was this horrible act of harassment? Librarian Scott Savage had the audacity to recommend that students read the book "The Marketing of Evil" by David Kupelian, a book that "exposes the marketing strategies and tactics of the "gay rights" movement." One of the professors stated that Savage's recommendation "made me fearful and uneasy being a gay man on this campus. I am, in fact, notifying the OSU-M campus, and Ohio State University in general, that I no longer feel safe doing my job. I am being harassed."

Unsafe? Harassed? What about the gay Iranian teen who is desperately seeking asylum to avoid being hung when returning to his home land? What about Matthew Shepard or the countless others who have been taunted, tortured and even killed simply for being gay? What about all of the women and men in this world, in this nation, who have to put up with sexual harassment in the work place on a daily basis?

It's really absurd that these OSU professors can call this 'sexual harassment' and get away with it. The fact that they are trivializes real cases of sexual harassment. And if a coworker suggesting reading for students is something they consider to be harassment, they must have very pleasant lives indeed. All they needed to do was to not approve the book, or make their own suggestion of a book to counter the message of that particular book.

Being a student in college is about learning to think analytically. You're supposed to challenge yourself by being exposed to different view points and alternative ideologies. In fact, it would have been a great experience for students to read that book as well as other books with different perspectives. That way students would be forced to think for themselves, to analyze the differing view points, and just maybe make an informed opinion on the issues.

But, unfortunately it seems that these professors are more concerned with indoctrinating their students, rather than actually providing them with a well rounded education. With their actions, they are teaching their students that when someone has a differing opinion, rather than attempting to engage in a respectful debate and exchange of ideas, you should simply attempt to silence them. Their actions represent the small-mindedness that the gay rights, and all other human rights movements, so ardently oppose.

Looks like I should deffer to the time honored wisdom of Beavis and Butthead...

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