Iowa Professor Threatens to Punish Students Who are Pro-Life or Oppose Black Lives Matter

A professor at Iowa State University released a class syllabus threatening disciplinary action against any student who expresses conservative views in class, including being pro-life or opposition to Black Lives Matter, as reported by Fox News

The class is English 250, which focuses on “written, oral, visual, and electronic composition” as part of the school’s broader “Communication Proficiency” general education requirement. The class is taught by professor Chloe Clark, who put the words “GIANT WARNING” at the top of the syllabus before the section in question.

The syllabus declared that “instances of othering,” including “sexism, ableism, and homophobia,” would be banned in classroom discussions. “The same goes for any papers/projects,” the syllabus continued. “You cannot choose any topic that takes as its base that one side doesn’t deserve the same basic human rights as you do (i.e., no arguments against gay marriage, abortion, Black Lives Matter, etc.).” The section ended with the line “I take this seriously.”

When the syllabus was brought to the media’s attention, the university – which, as a public school, is funded by taxpayers – released a statement condemning the syllabus as “inconsistent with the university’s standards and its commitment to the First Amendment rights of students.” The statement mentioned that “after reviewing this issue with the faculty member, the syllabus has been corrected to ensure it is consistent with university policy.”

About Eric Lendrum

Eric Lendrum graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he was the Secretary of the College Republicans and the founding chairman of the school’s Young Americans for Freedom chapter. He has interned for Young America’s Foundation, the Heritage Foundation, and the White House, and has worked for numerous campaigns including the 2018 re-election of Congressman Devin Nunes (CA-22). He is currently a co-host of The Right Take podcast.

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