April 28, 2005

Prager Was Right

You have to be a highly trained academic to do the really dumb stuff.

Fr. Dennis Dease is the president of Saint Thomas University in Saint Paul. He's got the vapors over last week's Ann Coulter appearance:

. It's even gone national! (Hat tip to Katie Kieffer at the St. Thomas Standard, the underground conservative paper that has to be giving Dease a blood pressure spike).

Dease, of course, has as long a history of coddling the wacko left has he does of trying to ding the right. In 2000, St. Thomas hosted a Cuban baseball team. One of the players, Mario Chaoui, defected while waiting for a plane at the Humphrey Terminal. Dease promptly asked for him to come back, and just to be safe, forbade all Saint Thomas students from aiding or sheltering the Cuban. "For their own safety", he said.

I couldn't afford to send my kids to Saint Thomas. And if I could, I wouldn't.

Posted by Mitch at April 28, 2005 12:44 PM | TrackBack

I think an arguement can be made that Fr. Dease is right but that he and the rest of academia is so hypocritcal on the issue that they don't have a leg to stand on. The lovely Ms. Coulter is nothing but a wind-up and a flame thrower, a rather good one mind you. An arguement "can" be made that "wind-ups" and "flame-throwers" have no real place in a "true" academic setting. Unfortunately, liberal "wind-ups" and "flame-throwers" are revered as "truth-tellers". I'm sure if someone was really interested in pounding on St. Thomas, they could find people who came to speak at St. Thomas who were much worse then Ann and who Fr. Dease had nothing to say about their "hate-speech".
The conservative groups at St. Thomas could have brought in any number of conservative speakers, anbody from NR for example, who could have served the purpose of having an academic discussion from a conservative point of view. I think it was a poor choice by the St. Thomas groups.

I think St. Thomas is probably a lot more "relatively" conservative then you give them credit for especially when you consider your local options. If you could afford it, where would you send your kids instead of St. Thomas? Macalaster? Hameline? the U?!?! It's not like the Jesuits run the place.
I mean if you look at the stated mission of the new St. Thomas law school it is inherently conservative in that they are trying to root the education in 2,000 years of Catholic thinking.

Posted by: paddy at April 29, 2005 11:12 AM

I think something happened to the Coulter blockquote. Nothing showing up, even in the HMTL source.

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