January 15, 2017

Political correctness cancels Trump-supporting prof’s moral ethics course

Holly NicholasRebel Commentator

(January 16, 2017 Correction: "The University of Texas strongly values academic freedom and free-speech rights regardless of political affiliation and the university would never cancel a class under circumstances like this. More than five years ago, Professor Bonevac decided of his own accord to stop teaching this class. This was his decision taken on his initiative. The university is a community of people with wide-ranging social and political views across the spectrum of society, and we respect and protect the free-speech rights of all members of our community, regardless of political orientation.")



A professor at the University of Texas at Austin says political correctness is responsible for the cancellation of a course that debated controversial topics. 

Professor Daniel Bonevac ran a moral ethics class for around 30 years without much incident until around 2011 when he started noticing that one or two students in class could often shut down debate and silence other students by deeming them bigoted for expressing opposing views.

Bonevac, a known conservative-leaning professor who supported Donald Trump in the US election, says this is what ruined the class that focussed on moral problems centred around liberty, first principles, rights and justice and included topics spanning from drug legalization, abortion, sexual behaviour and immigration.

This comes as no surprise from a university that issued a 29 point checklist to create better themes and costumes around Halloween last year. The tips for costume choices included things like “if we’re afraid of someone’s reaction, then we probably shouldn’t do it”.

The Office of the Dean put its stamp of approval on the “Costume and Theme Selection Guide” to outline what were deemed “harmful themes” such as “Cowboys and Indians” and “Around the World” versus “Themes to Consider” which included a “Catalina Yacht Mixer” or “preppy.”

Universities are places where opinions and ideas should be challenged, but we’re seeing a minority of people overtaking the conversation on a larger scale than just one university class. Some universities even enforce speech codes and policies that attempt to put a stop to offensive speech.

There is a trend towards stifling discussion and the left continue to intensify their attacks on free speech, ironically using their free speech to do so. They may find conversations dangerous, but what’s really dangerous is stifling debate.

Restricting one person’s right to free speech restricts everyone’s and sooner or later, these lefties might find that the same rules they call for can be used to silence them too.

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commented 2017-01-16 20:17:19 -0500
Just read the correction…..so good to find out this was false news……so what is with Fox for spreading it without fact checking?

Nice to see that public outcry about freedom of speech still matters on some campuses.
commented 2017-01-16 14:01:00 -0500
You just gotta love it when Gordon Steele rears his ugly head with yet another new alias “Bill Stevens” and opens his mouth to remove all doubt what an idiot he is. Poor Gordon, yet another complete and utter failure for him, to have Trump win, and the right be, as usual, right, and the left, as usual, self implodes. I don’t know how you go through life in such a depressed state Gordon… it must be, well, quite depressing.
commented 2017-01-16 10:22:43 -0500
Most if not all universitys are Marxist indocternation centers and the C.B.C.loves them because they allways have egg head proffs on as experts.
commented 2017-01-16 10:22:43 -0500
Most if not all universitys are Marxist indocternation centers and the C.B.C.loves them because they allways have egg head proffs on as experts.
commented 2017-01-16 10:19:29 -0500
Re: Bill Stevens (comment posted below)

Bill Steven’s mockery proves Ezra is hitting too close to home, otherwise Bill (and others like him) would simply ignore this “pathetic website” and treat it as irrelevant.

It is Bill who is pathetic because he mocks another’s point of view rather that refuting it.

If Ezra’s website (and by extension Ezra’s opinions) are so pathetic then Bill should be happy to post his most common sense refute if for no other reason that to show to the whole world just how “pathetic” Ezra is.

So, Bill Stevens, do you have anything constructive to post?
commented 2017-01-16 09:21:33 -0500
That’s immoral
commented 2017-01-16 08:50:50 -0500
Look to Nazi Germany, the Soviet Union, and North Korea as to how this will all play out if lefties get their way!
commented 2017-01-16 06:27:13 -0500
@bill Stevens…this site is funded by voluntary donation…not by extortion through the tax system nor by no choice cable cartels that offer several channels and not one bit of actual difference. What is more the forum is freedom of speach unlike the one’s on the newsites funded by no choice extortion.

Wether or not I am on a CSIS watch list seems to fluctuate with who is elected lately.

When lisping peacapon gets defeated in the next election the CBC and the cartel configuration of the MSM are toast…..so what was it you thought that CSIS was going to do about that Mr STAZI Stevens?
commented 2017-01-16 02:27:09 -0500
When I was in university, I got scoffed and yelled at by leftists during class discussion.
commented 2017-01-16 02:03:01 -0500
Bill Stevens it is pretty hilarious seeing Trump putting left wing media liars in their place , gonna be a great 8 years of Trump.
commented 2017-01-16 02:02:12 -0500
Bill Stevens yeah a fair shot for them would have been horrible eh? Now go read some more BS on CBC. LMAO! And sorry we do not need a left wing nanny state to think for us like you do, we can live making our own decisions. Now i think your mom is calling you for dinner from upstairs. And don’t worry , it is all right to be a virgin at your age.
commented 2017-01-16 01:13:34 -0500
It was hilarious when SunTV was cancelled, even funnier when they tried to force themselves onto people’s cable bills. Good thing the CRTC told them to get lost. Ezra the leftover from SunTv begs for donations for this pathetic site, another good laugh. CSIS should keep an eye on this place along with the regular posters.
commented 2017-01-16 00:31:00 -0500
Bill Elder i think that is one of the reasons they point their accusing and labeling fingers at others, they need to fool themselves into thinking others are worse so they can cope with the cost of their own selfishness.
commented 2017-01-16 00:28:16 -0500
Bill Elder very awesomely said, leftards do not like things like that getting in the way of their own imagined greatness.
commented 2017-01-15 23:58:58 -0500
When you think of it, these leftist pro-choice everything, who profess relativism, are not living up to their montra what’s true for you may not be true for me. Instead, what is true for me rules.
They are simply targeting anyone who disagrees with anything simply to be able to spotlight and label that person as Conservatives/Republicans. Similar to having to wear a Star of David to identify them as Jews.
commented 2017-01-15 23:31:12 -0500
Yeah, well to leftards, morals are an impediment why take an ethics course to learn how degenerate you are?
commented 2017-01-15 22:14:24 -0500
Sort of like inverse McCarthyism these days. The universities have become festering and fetid swamps that badly need draining. Send the politically correct troublemakers packing…
commented 2017-01-15 21:34:55 -0500
What we are witnessing is the assault on democracy, and with it free speech and freedom as a whole. The leftists are in full attack mode. Be it fascist, or Communist. Little difference. Both are out to end freedom. But, here’s what’s happening. They’re loseing. From Brexit to Trump, democracy is triumphing. The forces, whatever group, all extreme in ideology, are attacking. But they’re failing. The common of us are pushing back. Not that the fight is over. Far from it. But they’re becoming more desperate, more extreme. But they are now exposed.
commented 2017-01-15 21:27:42 -0500
When you scratch a bit deeper below the superficial surface of this phenomena one can come to a couple of observations. First of all, going beyond simple political correctness, this is not classical liberalism anymore but just plain far left ideology. Also when you note exactly what subjects and opinions these people want to shut down it becomes apparent, at least to me, the new left positively hates right wing or conservative thinking, sees no value in any of it whatsoever and would literally outlaw and ban it if given the chance. This is very dangerous and should be strongly resisted everytime. Once you start to ban free speech or even force people to learn somebody’s made up speech, there’s no end to it. As for death threats and slander, we already have laws against those.
commented 2017-01-15 20:48:39 -0500
Next headline…Trump repeals TitleIX and it’s related federal funding under provisions of the Suck it Up Buttercup post secondary education reform act……comming soon.
commented 2017-01-15 20:41:25 -0500
This wave of SJWs crying and getting debates and student clubs shut down all because they do not like someone’s opinion is on the same level as book burning.

Our universities are entering a modern day version of the dark ages.
commented 2017-01-15 20:19:59 -0500
That this is happening at University of Texas at Austin doesn’t surprise me one iota. One of the three top people who publish propaganda masquerading as science to denigrate traditional parenting systems also comes from here…
commented 2017-01-15 19:24:07 -0500
McCarthyism pure and simple
commented 2017-01-15 19:20:40 -0500
One of my favourite teachers, God rest his soul, was an old oil rigger, his favourite line was " if you can’t say anything constructive, you can talk to the back of my hand". We learned a lot in his class.
commented 2017-01-15 19:15:13 -0500
What happened to the ‘talking stick’ and the ‘dunce cap’, ooooooh ya the little bedwetters cried too loud.
commented 2017-01-15 18:25:15 -0500
Ohh, the irony!
Well it sort of rhymes with, “Ohh, the humanity!”, kinda like how the left is self-imploding in a grand crash and burn just like the Hindenburg…