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
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
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
However, some do not agree with Horowitz’s political
“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
“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
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.”