‘INFANTILIZATION OF THE AMER­I­CAN SPIRIT’

The Washington Times Daily - - POLITICS -

“Snowflakes” have be­come a ver­i­ta­ble bliz­zard as many of the na­tion’s univer­si­ties and col­leges give way to de­mands of stu­dents who seek safe places, care­ful con­ver­sa­tions and ut­ter po­lit­i­cal cor­rect­ness when they are on cam­pus. And here comes the book.

“Not a Day Care: The Dev­as­tat­ing Con­se­quences of Aban­don­ing Truth” by Everett Piper, pres­i­dent of Ok­la­homa Wes­leyan Univer­sity, ar­rives Mon­day, pub­lished by Reg­n­ery Faith Books.

Mr. Piper has lis­tened to stu­dents who felt “vic­tim­ized” by pas­sages in the Bi­ble; he him­self has cau­tioned them to seek faith, not self-ac­tu­al­iza­tion — and to skip de­liv­er­ing ar­ro­gant lec­tures in fa­vor of hum­ble learn­ing.

“What has hap­pened to the Amer­i­can spirit? We’ve gone from ‘give me lib­erty or give me death!’ to ‘Take care of me, please.’ Our col­leges were once bas­tions of free speech; now they’re bas­tions of speech codes. Our cul­ture once re­warded in­de­pen­dence; now it re­wards vic­tim­hood. Par­ents once taught their kids how to fend for them­selves; now, any par­ent who tries may get a visit from the po­lice,” the au­thor writes.

Such schools as Yale Univer­sity and Ober­lin Col­lege now in­clude “safe spa­ces” and “trig­ger warn­ings” as part of the cam­pus vo­cab­u­lary. Mr. Piper calls the trend a “sad and dan­ger­ous infantilization of the Amer­i­can spirit.”

There’s a way out, though.

“It will get worse be­fore it gets bet­ter,” Mr. Piper tells In­side the Belt­way. “When we avoid truth it cre­ates a vacuum, caus­ing an­ar­chy, which al­ways leads to tyranny. But in the end, I trust the words of Christ: ‘the truth shall set us free.’ If we rein­tro­duce truth, truth will pre­vail.”

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