Today’s paragraphs come to us from an unusual source: Nicholas Kristof – op-ed columnist for the New York Times and hard-left ideologue. It seems that, several weeks ago, he wrote a column suggesting that “liberals” (his terminology; hard left would be mine) aggressively prevent conservative points of view from being heard on college and university campuses.
His latest column, from which the following paragraphs have been taken, tells us how at least some readers have reacted:
CLASSIC liberalism exalted tolerance, reflected in a line often (andprobably wrongly) attributed to Voltaire: “I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.”
On university campuses, that is sometimes updated to: “I disapprove of what you say, so shut up.”
In a column a few weeks ago, I offered “a confession of liberal intolerance,” criticizing my fellow progressives for promoting all kinds of diversity on campuses — except ideological. I argued that universities risk becoming liberal echo chambers and hostile environments for conservatives, and especially for evangelical Christians.
As I see it, we are hypocritical: We welcome people who don’t look like us, as long as they think like us.
It’s rare for a column to inspire widespread agreement, but that one led to a consensus: Almost every liberal agreed that I was dead wrong.
And there is plenty more as well. Use the link I’ve provided and see.
You can argue that what Mr. Kristof says is a classic case of too little-too late…and you’d have a valid point. These words could as easily, and accurately, been written years ago,
But given that Nicholas Kristof is who he is, and writes for who he writes for, Paragraphs Of The Day honors are bestowed on the grounds that he wrote those words at all.
Let’s hope this is not a one-time-and-out occurrence.