April 8, 2005

by Andrew Silow-Carroll
Are we coddling our college kids?

My column this week weighs in on the Columbia University brouhaha, asking if perhaps Jewish leaders shoot themselves in the foot when they geshrei about a "crisis of anti-Semitism" in academia.

It’s become a reflex within much of the organized Jewish community to equate pro-Palestinian rhetoric and scholarship with anti-Semitism. But in the case of the Columbia mess, it ended up hurting the students’ cause by in effect lowering the bar on faculty expectations. And it sends messages to prospective college students that campuses with healthy and exciting Jewish communities are hostile territory.


Evangelicals (and haredi Jews) believe evolution is demonstrably false. Catholics believe in Immaculate Concepton.

And Jewish leaders believe in the immaculate conception of the State of Israel and those heartwearming Jewish communities in Gaza and Shomron.

They're just jumping on the anti-intellectual, pro-tooth fairy movement.

Posted by: Reb Yudel at April 8, 2005 11:31 AM
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