The University of Kansas "Safe Zone" training program requires participants to sign a pledge that includes this gem:
I believe nobody is wrong, they are only different.
Not even Donald Trump? I doubt if what Examiner writer Emily Jashinsky correctly calls the the moral relativism of the pledge extends THAT far. The pledge was discovered by the Young America's Foundation as part of a project on censorship.
Jashinsky describes the "Safe Zone" training program:
The voluntary training is facilitated by KU's Center for Sexuality and Gender Diversity in partnership with the Office of Multicultural Affairs. On its website, the university describes "Safe Zone" as "an educational program that will help educate both the campus and greater Lawrence community in order to create a safer, more civil community for all individuals, particularly those of sexuality and/or gender minorities."
"The purpose of this program," the school says, "is to reduce homophobia, transphobia, and heterosexism on our campus to make KU a safer and freer environment for all members of our community, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression."
That a public institution of higher education is instructing students to fully embrace moral relativism and agree "nobody is wrong, they are only different," is, at least, a transparent admission of academia's current governing philosophy. Unfortunately, however, that philosophy is affecting the way a generation of young people see the world — and taxpayers are funding it.
Note to college students: Some things are wrong. Even in the morally relativistic universe from which this pledge emanated, some things are considered wrong. In fact, the pledge positively reeks of condescension and setting others straight when they are . . . wrong.
Almost as offensive is the moral relativism is the infantilization of students. Jashinsky is right to point out that most of the items on the pledge treat adult students like kindergarten children. But you've got to love it that taxpayers are forking over for an education that includes such deep thoughts as these (from the pledge):
I will label bottles, not people.
I will grow antennas not horns.
I will see the diversity of our commonality.
I will see the commonality of our diversity.
Ah–and a hint of the metaphysical from the pledge:
I believe we only live life once, but if we live it right, one time is all we’ll need.
But back to the consescension:
I challenge you to ignore other people’s ignoranceso that you may discover your own wisdom.
I have some other advice for people who signed this pledge: Grow up.
Oh, and challenge your own ignorance, too.
Here is a link to the pledge. Delicious!