Monday, September 23, 2019

Boise State U. Under Siege--Legislature To Defund?

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Idaho Legislators are considering defunding Boise State University after revelations that the school's new president Marlene Tromp ("o" not "u") is seeking to implement a far-Left agenda at the university---including transgender bathrooms and Muslim prayer rooms.

State Representative Tammy Nichols, along with 28 state legislators, have issued a letter to the new university president telling her that her agenda is "antithetical to the Idaho way."

How refreshing. If needed, the legislators say they will defund the university.

Be informed.

Rep. Nichols said Saturday that Idaho state legislators are indeed considering defunding Boise State if necessary. She said, "Idaho has been one of the fastest growing states in the nation, so we've been getting people from all over, moving to our state."

Because of this, she explained, "a lot of things that are being brought in are things that we're seeing in other states.---"Diversity programs, and [racially] segregated graduations, and gender-inclusive restrooms."

She noted that the people are bringing their ideas and beliefs to the state and trying to remake the identity of the state into something it is not.

The legislators are pretty clear, many, perhaps most of the new president's ideas, do not line up with the "Idaho way."

The agenda of the new president at Boise State.

When Nichols was asked what specifically the legislators were upset about, she said a lot of things, referring to a report the lawmakers recently became aware of, which outlines how the university will now accommodate the Muslim students by building permanent prayer rooms "for all" in the student union building.

Nichols says they are saying the prayer rooms are "for all" and "will accommodate all religions," but they are not for all and will not accommodate anyone but the Muslim students. The necessity for the prayer rooms has been explained:
"Because of the dramatic influx of new students from Saudi Arabia and Kuwait" and "the growth of the International Student Association and the Muslim Student Association."

Muslim Student Association president Muhammad Kamrin Latif says, "As Muslims you have to pray 5 times a day so two to three prayers will be during school time."

The new university president also wants to create a fund for "special scholarships for illegals."

And the legislators have recently discovered the school will also be training faculty and staff about why whites are racist, about white privilege, and do a book club in regards to what it means to be white.

The "white privilege" program will be based on a book by University of Washington professor Robin DiAngelo titled, "What Does It Mean To Be White? Developing White Racial Literacy."

Interestingly, earlier this year, during a guest lecture at Boston University, Professor DiAngelo told the students that it is "dangerous" for white people to treat everyone equally and say that they see people as an individual."

In their letter, the 28 legislators listed initiatives by the university president that they feel are "antithetical to the Idaho way."

  • Support for multicultural student events including Pow Wow, Rainbow Graduation, Black Graduation, Project Dream, etc. instead of helping all students
  • Six graduate fellowships for “underrepresented minority students” instead of merit-based awards
  • A gender-based violence community-coordinated response team, instead of letting the police handle the matter
  • A gender-based equity center proposal for funding to provide LGBTQIA+ focused sexual misconduct prevention and response programming
  • A system that spends valuable time assessing the proper use of names and pronouns versus educational pursuits that lead to a career
  • Revisions to the university’s search committee training curriculum to include a section on identifying and addressing implicit bias in hiring decisions
  • A graduate school preparation course only for underrepresented students rather than all students.
  • Representative Barbara Ehardt (R-Idaho Falls) says, "These initiatives by nature highlight differences and suggest that certain groups are treated unequally now---and they BSU should redress these grievances."

She said, "This drive to create a diversified and inclusive culture becomes divisive and exclusionary because it separates and segregates students."

And the elected officials noted that these kinds of initiatives are costing so much money, it is putting the cost of education out of reach for many.

Action plan by state legislators.

Rep. Nichols says,
"Why are we doing this---Where is this stuff coming from? Why are we bringing this into our [school]? This has nothing to do with educating, this is political correctness running amok? Why are we doing this?"

She says, "We have these kids that we're paying to be educated and they're being indoctrinated."

She and her colleagues plan to follow these three steps in their attempt to fix the situation:

"First, you have to expose it ---expose what's going on and not be afraid that you're saying things that maybe aren't the most politically correct for the current dynamic in our political system."
"Second--- it's important for people to get involved---people need to start making an effort to really know what's happening in their government system, locally, and especially on the state level."
"And third---money talks. I really believe that we need to start the money away when we have to this sort of stuff transpiring in our education system---if we don't like what's going on, then maybe we shouldn't be funding it."

The progressive Democrats response

In July when the letter from the 28 Republican legislators was sent to Boise State University, Spokane's Spokesman Review published an Associated Press article with the progressive- Democrat response from all Democrats in the Idaho legislature. They celebrated the diversity and inclusion programs being put in place by the new university president Tromp.

They wrote,
"Idaho's higher education institutions create welcoming environments to serve students from diverse backgrounds who are striving for a better life and more opportunity. This is the Idaho way."

A closer look at the history of Political Correctness.

William S. Lind has written a "Brief History of Political Correctness". His history of the ideology is a profile of what every person---lawmakers, students, pastors, individuals---face when they take on Political Correctness in today's culture.

And it's exactly what Idaho lawmakers are facing today.

This ideology has taken over America. It seeks to take over virtually all the rules, formal and informal, that govern relations among people and institutions. It wants to change behavior, thought, even the words we use.

To a significant extent, it already has.

Whoever and whatever controls language, also controls thought. Even the words we use. And are forbidden to use.

Political Correctness thrives in disguise. When it is confronted---called out, it becomes angry and frustrated and ultimately will collapse because it is based on nothing more than Marxism. Cultural Marxism.

Marxism has failed in every experiment in history when it was exposed to the light of truth.

I pray the good conservatives of Idaho will stand their ground. Most politicians have not.

Be Informed. Be Vigilant. Be Discerning. Be Prayerful.