What I find particularly distressing about all this is that a Dominican university would join the persecution of a truth seeker/truth teller in their midst. If anyone illustrates the spirit of St. Dominic, a consummate defender of the faith and warrior against heresy, it's this Catholic layman. What has Esolen in hot water with a few dozen students marching around campus and fellow professors calling for blood is an article he wrote challenging the "diversity" policy on campus which includes anti-bias police with the power to discipline offenders. (The policy is a paragon of political correctness complete with target quotas that they pretend aren't quotas.) Esolen quoted a colleague who described it as a "star chamber." The witch hunt ensuing from Esolen's article illustrates exactly how accurate this epithet is, star chamber indeed.
No doubt Professor Esolen will get first hand experience of the "tolerance" touted in the "diversity" policies which claim to "respect the essential dignity of every person." Except, of course, those who dare to suggest ideas that send the "diverse" student population to their safe places to suck their thumbs or out on campus chanting their demands to cut off an offender's head. They don't want diversity of ideas; they demand leftist liberalism. Welcome to the world of Big Brother and Black Lives Matter.
Sad to say, the President of the college, Rev. Brian Shanley, O.P. published a letter disavowing Esolen and finding him guilty of using offensive and hurtful words like "narcissist," a description that accurately describes the behavior of a legion of today's college students. But the truth cannot be stated because some little darling will feel offended and object. And after all, with the economy being what it is, the school needs the bucks and paying customers.
When schools are hiring counselors to protect students against chalk slogans ("Trump 2016") and offering safe spaces where ideas are controlled, well, frankly, close the universities.They are pointless. As a parent, I would certainly eliminate Providence College from the list of schools for which I'd be willing to fork out tens of thousands a year. For what? The privilege of my kids being indoctrinated in a diversity more accurately described as groupthink and facing a bastion of liberal professors undermining their faith? Hell (literally) no!
I particularly recommend that readers study the interview of Esolen by Rod Dreher and note his response to Dreher's question about parents considering colleges for their children:
What advice would you give to young Christian academics? To Christian parents preparing to send their kids to college?
It’s long past the time for administrators at Christian colleges to abandon the hiring policies that got us in this fix to begin with. We KNOW that there are plenty of excellent young Christian scholars who have to struggle to find a job. Well, let’s get them and get them right away. WE should be establishing a network for that purpose — so that if a Benedictine College needs a professor of literature, they can get on the phone to Ralph Wood at Baylor or me at Providence or Glenn Arbery at Wyoming Catholic, and say, “Do you have anybody?”
Christian parents — please do not suppose that your child will retain his or her faith after four years of battering at a secular college. Oh, many do — and many colleges have Christian groups that are terrific. But understand that it is going to be a dark time; and that everything on campus will be inimical to the faith, from the blockheaded assumptions of their professors, to the hook-ups, to the ignorance of their fellow students and their unconscious but massive bigotry. Be advised.And finally, I suggest you write a polite letter or make a phone call to Fr. Shanley defending Professor Esolen. What little Catholic identity the college retains is due to professors like him.