Daily Archives: July 20, 2010
Dr. Ken Howell’s adversities (I should say: religious persecution) have now made it to the national press. The Washington Times dedicates to the matter a rather perceptive article pointing out not only to the absurdity of being fired for teaching what one is supposed to teach, but on the larger problem of the fact that institutions of superior education like the University of Illinois have come to the point that they utterly fail the very academic freedom that should be at the core of their entire existence.
Interestingly, the author of the article (Patrick Gillen) puts a name at the centre of the controversy: Robert McKim. Mr. McKim is not only the head of the University’s “Department of Religion”, but a sponsor of the “queer studies” in the same university. The intellectual integrity of Mr. McKim is openly put into question and in the next weeks he might feel all the heat of the summer.
With a bit of luck, this story will end with Dr. Howell not being the only person losing his job.
P.s. Those of you who love novels based on the issue of “political correctness gone mad” so spread in the academic world would probably enjoy two interesting books: Tom Wolfe’s “I am Charlotte Simmons” and Philip Roth’s “The Human Stain”.
The numerous fans of “President” Chavez (one of the biggest entertainers and muppets of our time) were already well aware of his many talents. The suavity with which the man tramples common sense is, indeed, worth of admiration as very few of us would, even in our much smaller sphere of influence, dare to make such asses of ourselves.
Chavez is different. He thrives in making you laugh. Like a court jester, he relinquishes every desire of dignity and self-esteem to achieve his aim to entertain and delight. A Rigoletto without the brains. He is at the same level of that other great comic talent, Mugabe; but he has the oil reserves, which makes the utter devastation of Venezuela slower and less pervasive than what Mugabe could, after a considerable and prolonged effort, achieve in Zimbabwe.
In his effort to diseducate and entertain, “President” Chavez has now discovered a new vocation as theologian. The Catholic News Agency reports that he has made his first outing in his new career by stating that “Christ doesn’t need any ambassador” because “Christ is in the people”. This he uttered in the middle of a controversy that led him to call the Archbishop of Caracas, Cardinal Jorge Urosa Savino, a “Neanderthal”. This he said publicly but as the laughing response from the paying public was not loud enough, he said it out loud again and now hopes that his reputation as stand-up comedian will increase as his theological fame spreads.
One is at a loss to understand why even a damn commie would go to such a distance to enrage the feelings of the many Catholics subject to his dicta….., erm, “presidency”. In the end, no one needs more enemies than strictly necessary and of those, Chavez already has a vast collection.
One is at a loss. But then again, one will never be a showman – let alone a theologian – in the mould of Mr. Chavez.