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Thought police in Arizona?

Dissent is one of the cornerstones of democracy. But in the view of some Arizona Republicans, the idea of democracy must be protected at all costs from the reality of democracy.

From The Arizona Republic

Arizona public schools would be barred from any teachings considered counter to democracy or Western civilization under a proposal endorsed Wednesday by a legislative panel.

Democracy is a living institution.  It’s an attack on democracy to forbid dissent.  The opportunity for dissent is an important element of western civilisation.  It’s the mark of a sad, frightened mind that is willing to destroy what it claims to defend because it is afraid of change and modernity.

Additionally, the measure would prohibit students of the state’s universities and community colleges from forming groups based in whole or part on the race of their members, such as the Black Business Students Association at Arizona State University or Native Americans United at Northern Arizona University. Those groups would be forbidden from operating on campus.

So not only do they fear dissent and modernity, they also appear to be afraid of people who don’t look like them.

“This bill basically says, ‘You’re here. Adopt American values,’ ” said Kavanagh, a Fountain Hills Republican. “If you want a different culture, then fine, go back to that culture.”

It’s amazing how tone-deaf these people can be.  Go back to what culture?  Have you forgotten that you’re squatting in their land?  You want to forbid groups like “Native Americans United” and say “go back to that culture”?  Forgotten who’s really the guest in who’s house?

H/T Denise at NewPages Blog


One Response

  1. “Arizona public schools would be barred from any teachings considered counter to democracy”

    Would they then have to practice what they preach? Will this result in a massive change-over to the Sudbury style democratic schools in Arizona? That could be interesting.

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