Unlike the iconic Las Vegas advertising slogan, “What happens here, stays here,” history is revealing that the hypersensitivity to political correctness, tolerance, and hurt feelings on college campuses is affecting society as a whole. And the news isn’t good.
Consider the case of Emily Brooker. In 2006, Emily was a social work student at Missouri State University. Her professor instructed the class to write a letter to the Missouri Legislature advocating in favor of same-sex adoption and parenting. But this wasn’t just an in-class exercise. Emily’s professor told students to sign and mail these letters to get class credit. When Emily refused and asked for an alternate assignment—one that didn’t violate her religious conscience—the professor responded by charging Emily with the worst violation of the university’s ethics code.