Oct 012003
 
Authors: Jesse McLain

DENVER – Liberals and Conservatives alike gathered Wednesday

evening at the University of Denver to hear David Horowitz

establish his position advocating an Academic Bill of Rights for

students.

Raised by communist parents and a member of the New Left radical

movement in the 60s and 70s, Horowitz experienced a change of

viewpoint and now refers to himself as a moderate conservative.

“I am a Bush Republican. I am mainstream conservative as it

gets,” Horowitz said.

Horowitz is now trying to promote diversity on what he views as

liberally-biased college campuses across the nation. Horowitz cites

professors’ negative opinions toward him as an example of the

problem with tolerance of conservative views on college campuses

all over America.

“I am an alien in this cause because I am a member of a party

that includes half the population,” Horowitz said. “What kind of

educator could think that any kind of speech could be

suppressed?”

Horowitz is promoting the Academic Bill of Rights, which

stresses academic political diversity by offering balanced reading

lists, equality in guest speakers, funding for student

organizations and a political balance of instructors and

professors.

However, some do not agree with Horowitz’s political

theories.

“It was highly partisan. It didn’t seem to me that he spent time

gathering evidence,” said John Trompeter, a University of Colorado

– Denver senior studying political science. “There is an attack on

education by Horowitz and legislation.”

Horowitz claims that he is simply trying to promote diversity,

not any distinction relevant to political beliefs.

“I respect good manners even though sometimes I am incapable of

them myself,” Horowitz said. “You can’t get a good education if

they’re only teaching you half of the story.”

Some agreed that there is recognizable bias on today’s college

campuses.

“It was important to hear the diversity of thought,” said Clare

Rockefeller, spouse of a DU student. “It allowed somebody to speak

with a different perspective than the norm, and to bring up the

issue a lot of us have been experiencing but no one seems to be

addressing.”

Whether agreeing or disagreeing with Horowitz, he is clear that

he will make his voice known, not only for discrimination in

colleges but also in high schools.

“High schools are as bad as colleges if not worse,” Horowitz

said. “I would argue they are worse because of the age of the

students, they are putty in their hands.”

However Darcy Johnson, a physical education teacher at Littleton

High School, disagrees.

“I don’t see it in my high school,” Johnson said. “I don’t see

where political beliefs are a factor, students are there for a set

curriculum, not to promote a certain political party.”

 

 

 

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