I’ll bet she’s an Obama supporter

Toronto News:

A half-listening student, a hypersensitive campus and the speed at which gossip travels on the Internet conspired to create a very damaging game of broken telephone for one York University professor this week.

Cameron Johnston, who has been teaching at York for more than 30 years, has been forced to respond to allegations that he made anti-Semitic remarks in a lecture on Monday afternoon after a student misunderstood his comments and began sending emails to Jewish groups and the media.

Johnston was giving his introductory lecture to Social Sciences 1140: “Self, Culture and Society,” when he explained to the nearly 500 students that the course was going to focus on texts, not opinions, and despite what they may have heard elsewhere, everyone is not entitled to their opinion.

“All Jews should be sterilized” would be an example of an unacceptable and dangerous opinion, Johnston told the students.

He didn’t notice Sarah Grunfeld storm out. Grunfeld, a 22-year-old in her final year at York, understood Johnston’s example to be his personal opinion.

She contacted Oriyah Barzilay, the president of Hasbara at York — an Israel advocacy group on campus — who then sent a press release to media and other Jewish community groups calling for Johnston to be fired.

But wait! There’s more.

Johnston is Jewish.

(via Legal Insurrection)

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41 Responses to I’ll bet she’s an Obama supporter

  1. If he meant the statement would be an example of an unacceptable opinion, why doesn’t the paper have his entire statement in quotation, including the part which puts it into context. In any case, it was most likely an overreaction from the student.

    In general though and apart from this particular case, I’m not a fan of people from any social group thinking they can use offensive language or say offensive things about their own group that would not be permissible to others, especially when such things are said via public channels.

  2. More likely she’s not an Obama supporter. Progressive Obots tend to be the ones who are more anti-semitic.

  3. DandyTiger says:

    Can they fire the student for being such an idiot?

  4. Harvard Pressures Freshmen to Sign a Moral Pledge This is too much.

    Harvard College’s Class of 2015 found something unprecedented awaiting their arrival on campus: an ideological pledge. It was framed as a request for allegiance to certain social and political principles. No such request had been made of Harvard students since the college’s founding by Puritans in 1636.

    First-years are being pressured to sign a “Freshman Pledge” committing them to create a campus “where the exercise of kindness holds a place on a par with intellectual attainment” — all in the name of “upholding the values of the College” including “inclusiveness and civility.”

  5. timothy2010 says:

    I had to watch a movie 20 years ago in a film class and the professor warned the entire lecture hall the class before as well as twice that day before showing it that many would probably find it highly offensive. informed us that it would not be included on any exams and you didn’t have to attend. it was Andy Warhol’s Bad. people were walking out and screaming at him. The school was inundated from students and parents calling for the man’s job. The movie is universally offensive wherein lies its charm.

    • myiq2xu says:

      Blog rule #10:

      If you’re not offending someone you’re obviously not trying hard enough.

    • WMCB says:

      It’s part of education. And I have a HUGE problem with altering or erasing history. Getting rid of racism, or smoking, or whatever, in old books or films.

      How can one have a history as a society, if history is altered to fit today’s idea of what is acceptable? History and art and literature ought to be preserved, warts and all. I have no problem with alerting students that some stuff might be offensive. But the trend toward actually re-writing or editing is alarming.

      • timothy2010 says:

        I believe America has become a great place and unlike moomoo I understand the significance of the flag. But if we narrow it down, don’t we only tell our children the good things about their grandparents, omitting the rest. is it fair to not say that your grandfather beat your grandmother in order to preserve the sense of pride you want your child to possess?
        I’d never want to burden my child, but I’d want them to have some history so I would tell the best stories. Am I in doing so depriving her of a truth?

        • timothy2010 says:

          I did not mean ouch against you — just mean I had to think again.

        • WMCB says:

          Well, I didn’t say that a small child should be told upsetting things. Nor should family members necessarily be told “the whole truth” about grandpa.

          But for history, art, literature, etc, I think it’s a travesty to change it. Like taking classic old movies and removing the smoking. Smoking was a huge part of the culture in the 50’s and 60’s. Or rewriting Huck Finn in a “sanitized’ version. Ridiculous.

        • We tell children the facts they are ready for. No need for long and technical explanations of conception and birth for a three year old- but certainly the whole process should be imparted before the child reaches puberty?
          Same with history- start simple and work towards a more comprehensive knowledge base before voting age?

        • All history lessons are subjective to a degree, and there will always be some social propaganda imo. By high school and definitely by college age, kids should to be able to study and explore beyond the formal lectures and interpretations. Being able to think critically for themselves is important. Doesn’t happen enough.

        • This piece for instance in the Chronicle of Higher Education on deconstructing evil seems to have bit of a political agenda. But it could just be me, may depend on who’s reading it.

        • Or this piece in Nature on free will, scientists claiming we may have less of it than we want to admit. Useful way to defuse responsibility for one’s actions, not sure that’s a good idea. Like using an insanity defense for all of society. There are always reasonable exceptions to the rule of course, one way or another.

      • timothy2010 says:

        I think I may have insulted you twice today(as henry on another Blog)
        I apologize. i am questioning., I care about a brat and want her to be equipped with a healthy self-image. I want her to know she IS and that SHE MATTERS. and she is not defined by a man’s affection.

  6. Monster from the Id says:

  7. Found this poll interesting, Reuters always skews a tad left.

  8. ralphb says:

    Texas Monthly, Paul Burka: What is Palin up to?

    Granted, it’s going to be tricky. She’s going to have to time her entry into the race perfectly. But I think she’s the only Republican who doesn’t have to build an organization. It’s there, waiting for her, in Iowa, in New Hampshire, in every state. About those polls that say she can’t win: Many Republicans believe that the country is turning away from Obama, that he will not be electable come November of 2012, and whoever gets the GOP nomination wins. They may be right. I think Palin is playing her cards very smartly. She has the biggest following of any Republican, by far. She has 100% name identification. She is a free agent. I think she’s intent upon running, and I think Rick Perry had better watch out.

  9. ralphb says:

    And in really important news …

    LA Porn Studio Begins Construction On ‘Post-Apocalyptic’ Underground Bunker


    There are no words.

  10. myiq2xu says:

    4,026 hits so far today with two hours still to go

  11. timothy2010 says:

    I realize this is a stupid question but i am going to ask it anyhow?

    Would it be constitutional for a Hillary/Bill ticket?
    Can a former President serve as VP?(One can dream)

    • votermom says:

      When he announced the $535 million guarantee to Solyndra, Vice President Biden said that investments like this are “exactly what the Recovery Act is all about.” (Dear God…If the failed Solyndra venture has been what it’s “all about,” then that explains a lot.)


  12. timothy2010 says:

    Thanks i am an idiot. Knew about the 2 term limit and thought couldn’t succession just skip the VP forgot about the whole if Pres is unavailable VP bit. Really just wishful thinking as i try to keep my eyes up for 10 more minutes.

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