Light up education
Jeremy Sammut’s article (Freedom of speech 101, 7/10) is certainly timely, as our nation’s tertiary centres of education incrementally become places of “endarkenment”, rather than enlightenment.
The simple fact is that too many vice-chancellors and lecturers have been captured by the scourge of identity politics, which has spread like gangrene through our mainstream universities. Thus, impressionable graduates complete their degree, fully armed with a soured green-left view of society and a black armband of Australian history mindset, inanely believing that our remarkable JudaeoChristian Western culture is somehow the source of all civil ills.
Our democratic, Westminster system of governance has indeed made Australia an overall enviable place to live.
Yet, actively promoting this requires attesting to the positive influence of the Bible, the necessity of free speech and the importance of robust civil debate: all facets which the social justice warriors and aggrieved activists try to sideline or shut down.
We need to champion our national building blocks, but the task is made that much more difficult when, ironically, those who have precisely benefited the most from them, are in fact, concurrently trying to sabotage our faithful foundations.
Peter Waterhouse, Craigieburn