However, the liberal hypocrisy and political correctness on this campus is literally sickening me. It is evidenced far and wide across campus that liberals love to call those who do not agree with them bigoted, close-minded, etc.
The General Peter Pace “incident” is one of the most ridiculous complaints I have ever heard.
The man was not given an award based on his personal beliefs. He was recognized due to the fact that he has been an outstanding professional leader for our country – his beliefs are completely irrelevant.
The “controversy” over renaming the Ora L. Wildermuth Intramural Center is another mockery. Every single person in the world has beliefs that offend someone.
The fact is that his beliefs were largely socially accepted at the time, and whether they were right or wrong is irrelevant. He did great things for the University and deserves to be honored.
Should we look at David Starr Jordan or Michael Maurer or Joseph Wright and see who they offended?
And if they offended people, how do we determine whether or not it is worth stripping them of a deserving honor? Whose feelings matter, anyway?
I would like to know why it is acceptable for liberals to offend conservatives and hold beliefs that we disagree with, but it is bigotry when we hold views liberals disagree with.
What makes your views and feelings more valuable than ours? Why is it okay for you to offend me with your lifestyle but not okay for me to offend you with my beliefs?
I would love to believe that liberals could practice what they preach – compassion, humility and the common good of all.
And while a few bad apples on the left would spit on me when I wear a “My Man Mitch” shirt on campus, I know most liberals would not.
Still, if liberals are going to cry foul, they had better first take a long look in the mirror.
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I have always had a special affinity for art in places where art “isn’t supposed to be.” Certainly, most of us enjoy an afternoon browsing a gallery or museum, but there is something really nice about finding art in unexpected places.
I was pleased to see Matthew Cinkoske's recent column about domestic violence at IU — "Is IU mishandling student domestic violence?" June 14, 2015.
I would like to bring to the attention of the IDS the fact that harassment of disabled students occurs regularly at IU Bloomington. I personally know of physically impaired students who have been harassed in Ballantine Hall for taking the elevator up or down one floor. And they aren’t just harassed by fellow students; faculty and staff are guilty, too. Just because someone looks healthy, doesn’t mean that they are. Invisible disabilities are any of a number of chronic conditions that significantly impair normal activities of daily living while showing no outward signs of the illness. I also know of a physically impaired student who was made fun of recently for riding a scooter in Forest Residence Center. This is a student who can barely walk—and only for short distances—and only when feeling physically up to it. This same student was also harassed in the Forest parking lot by someone who didn’t think a handicap parking space should be used by a disabled student, even though the appropriate IU parking permit was displayed in the car. Harassment may be reported to the IU Incident Teams at (812) 855-8188 or firstname.lastname@example.org. I mention these incidents because they happened to students I know. And if they can happen to them, they can happen to anyone. I ask the entire campus community: How would you feel if someone you cared about was ridiculed or harassed because they had a disability? How does it feel to learn that members of the campus community, whether you know them or not, have to deal with harassment at IU Bloomington on a daily basis? I urge us all to think before speaking, show some Hoosier compassion, and offer to help instead of contributing to an intolerant environment. I also urge the IDS to investigate and report on the harassment of disabled students on this campus. As an IU alumna, IU employee, and IU parent, I hate to think of Indiana University’s reputation being tarnished by charges of harassment of any kind. Melissa Thorne Bloomington
I am glad you chose to publish an article on the Bloomington Planned Parenthood. Let me explain why. I am a survivor of childhood and adolescent sexual abuse, and I have personally experienced an abortion more than once.
The location of sexual violence posters must be reconsidered.