September 09, 2015

Citing 'Gender Identity,' OU Explicitly Denies the Reality of Human Nature

Oklahoma's largest newspaper, owned by the conservative evangelical Presbyterian billionaire Philip Anschutz, recently took note of "trigger warnings" and "microaggressions" and assorted follies in higher education. Unfortunately, given that campus radicals have no brakes on their agenda, it's hard to keep up with them all.

It turns out that the University of Oklahoma, for example, "does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression, age, religion, disability, political beliefs, or status as a veteran in any of its policies, practices, or procedures."

Steven F. Hayward writes in the current issue of Intercollegiate Review:
The single most important overarching political question at the present time is whether we still think there is such a thing as human nature. The core of postmodernism—and many of the campus enthusiasms about how one's gender identity is solely a matter of free choice or will—explicitly denies the idea of human nature, though this often comes disguised in an attack on "objectivity," "social construction" of language and reality, and so forth. The rejection of human nature is catching on slowly in our wider popular culture, and could ultimately bring the ruin of our civilization.
Fortunately, as the indispensable Instapundit points out, pockets of sanity remain.

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