Monday, April 17, 2006

OSU librarian's book recommendations "sexual harassment"

Item number 4,671 of a long list of things ignored by the Bush administration during these "conservative days." An OSU librarian charged with sexual harassment for recommending conservative books for freshmen.

Even amidst the usual Stalinesque overtures and Kangaroo Courts we've come to expect from the Academy, this one stands out.

"Scott Savage, who serves as a reference librarian for the university, suggested four best-selling conservative books for freshman reading in his role as a member of OSU Mansfield’s First Year Reading Experience Committee. The four books he suggested were The Marketing of Evil by David Kupelian, The Professors by David Horowitz, Eurabia: The Euro-Arab Axis by Bat Ye’or, and It Takes a Family by Senator Rick Santorum. Savage made the recommendations after other committee members had suggested a series of books with a left-wing perspective, by authors such as Jimmy Carter and Maria Shriver."

After this THREE PROFESSORS filed a complaint saying the book recommendations made them feel "unsafe."

But, of course, other people on campus spoke up for the librarian's rights, didn't they?

"The complaint came after the OSU Mansfield faculty voted without dissent to file charges against Savage. The faculty later voted to allow the individual professors to file charges."

I can already feel the emails coming in: "Why complain about Bush? This is not his fault. Do you really expect the federal government to get involved?"

Yes, I do. I expect the president to use the bully pulpit to expose such Stalinist manuevers. I also expect the Bush administration to question the unimpeded flow of taxpayer money to Ohio STATE University in light of this travesty.

In terms of education, the only "accomplishment" this administration can boast of is the further federalization of the public school system.

Republicans control the House, the Senate, and the Oval Office. What conservatives have gotten out of this is pathetic.


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