In Tennessee “Lawmakers move to start ‘intellectual diversity’ office at UT” —in response to the 2015 campus crackdown on Christmas-themed holiday parties.
The crackdown, if you recall, was initiated by the university’s Office of Diversity. In the name of diversity, Christmas parties were to be vacant of religion.
Legislators had stripped the $450,000 earmarked for that office. This is the conservative lawmaker’s strategy for making sure the money doesn’t get reappropriated for such tomfoolery.
One might ask, however, whether spending nearly a half-million of taxpayer dollars on “intellectual diversity” might also be misguided — the opposite of true Conservative principles.
Let me suggest a better approach.
Order up $1,000 worth of pizza and invite the entire student body to an assembly hall where they can witness the Board of Trustees sign a $499,000 reimbursement check to the Tennessee treasury.
Or better yet, skip the pizza and use the money for free copies of Russell Kirk or William Buckley. Or Allan Bloom’s classic, The Closing of the American Mind: How Higher Education Has Failed Democracy and Impoverished the Souls of Today’s Students.
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