At some point...a few weeks ago...the Republican Club up at Fordham University (a noted Jesuit university)....got this funny idea of inviting conservative talk-show journalist Ann Coulter to come and speak at their club....on campus.
For folks who aren't in the know of Fordham, it's a private university, up in New York state. You pay a hefty bit of money to attend. Tuition runs $41k a year. On top of that....for room and board, you can figure around $15k. So you need close to $56k before you even discuss various other fees, pizza, beer, and clothing. Figure you need $65k a year to make it at Fordham.
It's been around since 1841. Average number of students? Near 15k students, and around 1k full-time and part-time academic folks. It's not the kind of place that most kids aspire to go to. In effect....you need real money to attend this college, or just be one of the few lucky ones that get a scholarship
For those who kinda wondered about the thought-process with the Jesuits....they were the one typically challenging religion, leadership, and worldly direction for several hundred years. They could be regarded as the 'enlightened' ones. They had a strong desire for knowledge to be part of the thinking process. If you had knowledge....you could make wise decisions.
Well...as days passed after the invitation to Ms Coulter went out....the Chancellor of Fordham got fairly disturbed about allowing Ms Coulter to come and speak. He finally got around to commenting and spoke her words in this fashion: "Her rhetoric is often hateful and needlessly provocative, more heat than light, and her message is aimed squarely at the darker side of our nature."
There's only a small group of Republicans around Fordham. I don't know the real numbers but I'd make a guess that only one student out of eighty might be classified as such.
So the Republican Club kindly asked Ms Coulter not to come. They felt the pressure on them.
I sat and pondered over this. Ann Coulter, feared by hundreds of thousands....just for what she might utter in a random moment of observations? I think Ben Franklin would be rolling around on the ground laughing so much that he might even wet his pants.
A mere blonde lass...threatening an entire university with her simple words....drawn only from the English language (not even to utter a word or two of French)?
The Fordham folks have much to fear, if they react in this manner...weak with conviction and courage...they lack what it takes to function in the real world. I would question what a degree means at Fordham or if it’s worth the paper it’s printed on.
My humble feeling is that upon graduation....they try hard to isolate themselves from the rest of the world. They lack serious convictions, and they certainly would not listen to anyone of a different thought process.
What happened to the Jesuit religion and the will to acquire knowledge or understand the rest of the world? Somewhere in the past hundred years....it disappeared. This isn't the Jesuit religion anymore. It's something that counters a great history. For the Chancellor, I'd say you are already venturing into the dark side....with no light, and you have no desire to throw light onto anything.