A dark, shadowy figure emerges from the forest and the séance begins. The figure slowly walks up to a massive podium and screeches out an unintelligible verse of gibberish phrases to an audience of similarly-clad figures. They screech back the gibberish phrases in perfect echoes.
The grisly procession continues. Lean in a bit closer. What are they saying?
The dark, shadowy figure screeches:
“Authoritarian efforts such as these can justify racial, class, and sexual policing that disciplines forms of kinship and homemaking—including same-sex, multi-generational, or other nonnormative households—that deviate from established nuclear family norms... By substituting their ideology for years of assiduous research, they impose their will in the name of a 'science' that is without factual support."
What does the gibberish mean?! It's indecipherable!
Thus spoke the American Association of University Professors (AAUP), a century-old association staple of academia.
The AAUP released the statement as part of the Committee on Academic Freedom and Tenure and the Committee on Women in the Academic Profession, which is the most academic title for a committee ever.
The statement is an outright sneer at President Trump, but it is also a sneer at traditional values—well, not just traditional values, values that were accepted just a year ago. Specifically, the association makes a point to attack the definition of gender as biological, arguing that it has been “thoroughly discredited by over fifty years of feminist, trans, queer, and critical race research and by lived experience."
Academia has become a powerful anti-religion religion, and we're shipping our children off, willingly, to become prey to a cult.
Yeah, let's trust feminist, trans, queer and critical race research. No obvious agenda there. The AAUP's statement is the latest example of rampant cult-like behavior in academia. Academia has become a powerful anti-religion religion, and we're shipping our children off, willingly, to become prey to a cult.
But, what's fueling this bizarre séance is blind self-importance. Academics cherish themselves and their ideas. Hence the cloaks and weird rituals. So all we need to do is turn on the lights in the classrooms, to keep them in check a little, and remind them that we're not paying them to practice witchcraft.