October 30, 2013

Oklahoma Taxpayers Are Paying for 'Social Justice' Activism

“To compel a man to furnish contributions of money for the propagation of opinions which he disbelieves,” Thomas Jefferson wrote, “is sinful and tyrannical.”

Unfortunately, this compulsion is all too common in higher education. It turns out there is such a thing as an “Activist-in-Residence” program at the University of Oklahoma. You likely won’t be surprised to learn that it’s a program of OU’s “Center for Social Justice” (yes, that exists too, and it propagates the opinions you would expect). The Center for Social Justice is an initiative of (wait for it) the Women’s and Gender Studies Program, to which Oklahoma taxpayers are also compelled to furnish contributions of money. The Center’s aim is “to promote gender justice, equality, and human rights through local and global engagement.” The Center’s co-director is on record saying the Activist-in-Residence program is funded “through community member donations,” but she neglects to mention the indirect costs (overhead, etc.,) borne by taxpayers.

In a brief review of two different books, Marvin Olasky notes that neither author “apparently grasps how corrupt academia has become.” Apparently neither do Oklahoma lawmakers, who continue to compel their constituents to fund things they find objectionable.

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