The Point: Engage and Debate? Are You Kidding?

It’s not her job. For the Colson Center, I’m John Stonestreet with The Point.

Recently, Oxford Professor Louise Richardson offered advice for students who complained of tutors expressing opinions that were “against homosexuality.”

“I’m sorry,” she said, “but my job isn’t to make you feel comfortable. Education is not about being comfortable. If you don’t like his views, you challenge them . . . Work out how you can persuade him to change his mind. It is difficult, but it is absolutely what we have to do.”

What? Engage? Debate? On a college campus? Oxford LGBTQ+ campaign prefers silencing. “Homophobia is not an opinion,” their campaign wrote in a letter. “Oxford should …not tolerate discrimination, instead of giving it the credibility of an academic debate.”

The group then demanded an apology.

But it seems none will be forthcoming. Oxford so far is standing by the professor. Let’s hope they continue, and American colleges take note. Otherwise, an Oxford degree, as one commenter suggested, won’t be worth the ultra-soft or recycled paper that it’s printed on.





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