David French writes in the National Review that Christian students in American universities need to fight back:
Ever since the Battle of Indiana, Rod Dreher has been quoting anonymous e-mails and other conversations with conservatives in higher education. The message from each of them is roughly the same: It’s worse than you think, if our views were known, we’d have real trouble on campus, and the campus is closing to Christian thought — with even Christian campuses bowing to the PC gods.
I have two responses to this. First, anyone facing social exclusion or career adversity because of their Christian or (especially) Christian conservative beliefs has my sympathy. Imagine, for a moment, working your entire life towards a career goal and then realizing that all that work could be rendered meaningless if your colleagues understand that you believe the Bible, that you can recite every word of the Apostles’ Creed (and mean it). Imagine the financial insecurity and the stress on your family at the thought that the wrong word at the wrong time could cost you your hard-earned job. I’ve been a Christian in Ivy League higher ed — both as a student and a teacher — and I know what it’s like. It’s not easy.
Second, man up anyway. You’re part of the problem.
Except advocating Christian doctrine about sex, sexuality, gender relations, and a host of other issues is already banned in the codes of student conduct and speech codes in all significant universities — particularly those in the Ivy League.
It’s already an offense that can result in expulsion to be an honestly professing Christian, at least of the older strain. So what French is advocating is for Christian men to up and get themselves expelled.
I don’t really care what you do or don’t do on the American campus. What should be made clear is that these institutions belong to the left, entirely, that they’re not nonsectarian institutions, and that any conservative who goes there is going to be a hated minority at best, and become themselves subverted at worst.
People like French seem to be under the bizarre delusion that they have some sort of right to attend an institution run and managed by the political opponents of the people that he’s writing for. They don’t — and there’s a lot of precedence for conservatives rolling over for some of their most important beliefs being made impossible to express on campus. These institutions belong to the left. Leave them to the left. And deny them any resources you can, by any means, because they’re sectarian political institutions.