August 31, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) – Multiple professors at one college are using their positions of authority to regulate their students’ speech, threatening to flunk or even expel young people from class if they use certain offending phrases in class – like “referring to women/men as females or males.”
Gender and homosexuality politics are among the areas the professors are looking to influence the young people in their classes, along with race and immigration ideology.
The affronting terms that could land students in hot water in a number of Washington State University classes include “illegal alien” and “illegals,” CampusReform.org reports, but also considered oppressive and hateful by one teacher are the very definitions of gender, “male” and “female.”
The syllabus for Selena Lester Breikss’ “Women & Popular Culture” class says:
Gross generalizations, stereotypes, and derogatory/oppressive language are not acceptable. Use of racist, sexist, homophobic, transphobic, xenophobic, classist, or generally offensive language in class or submission of such material will not be tolerated. (This includes “The Man,” “Colored People,” “Illegals/Illegal Aliens,” “Tranny” and so on - or referring to women/men as females or males.)
Students in Breikss’ class could be kicked out or flunked if do not comply with her edict on “oppressive” language.
“If I see it or hear it, I will correct it in class since it can be a learning moment for many students,” Breikss states in the syllabus. “Repeated use of oppressive and hateful language will be handled accordingly – including but not limited to removal from the class without attendance or participation points, failure of the assignment, and - in extreme cases - failure for the semester.”
White students in another Washington State class will also be penalized if they do not “defer” to their non-white peers.
And in another, they will have their grade lowered one point for each use of the terms “illegal aliens” and “illegals.”
In Michael Johnson Jr.’s “Race and Racism in U.S. Popular Culture” class students are required to “acknowledge” existence of various oppressions, including “heterosexism.”
The effort on the part of faculty or other leadership on college campuses to curb traditional and Christian attitudes in favor of political correctness is not a new phenomenon.
A Marquette University student was prohibited from articulating his Biblical view of marriage last year, and a tenured professor was fired from there last year as well for voicing his view in support of marriage.
Johns Hopkins University denied a pro-life student organization recognition in 2013 until threatened with legal action.
Religious freedom banners were prohibited at Sinclair College in Ohio a year earlier.
A lawsuit was filed against Los Angeles Community College District in 2009 after a professor censored and threatened to expel a student who had given a speech on marriage and his Christian faith in a public speaking class. The professor had also told his class they were a “fascist (explicative)” if they voted for California’s Proposition 8 in defense of marriage.