Red State today picks up a story from the Daily Wire about an education major at SUNY. Here's the Red State link:
'A Man is a Man and a Woman is a Woman': Student Suspended for Violating Students' Dignity 'Til He Completes a 'Remediation Plan'
Here's the full statement that the young man made on Instagram:
“Hey, everybody. I’m gonna double down on this point right now. I wanna make myself very clear, so hear what I’m saying. A man is a man. A woman is a woman. A man is not a woman, and a woman is not a man. A man cannot become a woman, and a woman cannot become a man. If I’m a man and I think I’m a woman, I’m still a man. If I’m a woman who thinks I’m a man, I’m still a woman. Regardless of what you feel on the inside, [it’s] irrelevant to your biological status. It doesn’t change the biology. The biology is very clear. It’s very, very, very clear. And it’s binary and easy. You fall into either Man or Woman. And if you’re intersex, you either become a man or woman eventually. And that is such a small…group of people that it makes no sense to justify that as statistically significant and apply that to our definition of gender. It wouldn’t make any sense.”
According to the Daily Wire:
A New York university has suspended an education student from mandatory teaching programs for posting Instagram videos expressing conservative ideology.
State University of New York (SUNY) Geneseo sent an email to education student Owen Stevens placing him on suspension from his field teaching programs after his peers uncovered videos of him preaching conservative dogma.
To me that's a flag, and a warning sign about the serious flaws in the classical liberal or libertarian ideology that underlies much of the 'conservative' movement. Many conservatives are unable to actually think or, at least, to express their ideas outside the framework of an essentially subjectivist worldview as enshrined for them in the idea of "natural rights." It goes like this: Everyone is "entitled" to their own opinion. In other words, there's no right and/or wrong, so can't we just get along? Liberals have an answer for that question. It goes like this: We're right and you're wrong; we'll get along once you go along.
Men being men and women being women is neither an 'ideology' nor a 'dogma.' The tradition of Christian intellectualism--'tradition' meaning, handed down through the centuries, is quite capable of addressing such issues in purely intellectual terms on the basis of realist philosophical principles. That was lost with the breakdown of the Christian intellectual tradition under the pressure of Nominalist thought. The classical liberal framework within which so many conservatives live is, on principle, unable to address these issues except as essentially subjective 'dogmas' or ideologies.'
Be it noted. There is nothing in either article to indicate that the student in question considered that he was expressing either an 'ideology' or a 'dogma'. As I read his statements, he considered that he was expressing the facts of human nature and of the real world. I very much suspect that he would have applied the labels 'ideology' and 'dogma' to his persecutors.
The officials at SUNY had a ready answer for the student, and they were framed in typical legal fashion, which are largely unassailable in America. According to the Daily Wire, the Dean of the Education School wrote:
“You continue to maintain, ‘I do not recognize the gender that they claim to be if they are not biologically that gender,’” the Dean said. “This public position is in conflict with the Dignity for All Students Act requiring teachers to maintain a classroom environment protecting the mental and emotional well-being of all students.”
In other words, the student is in violation of democratically promulgated laws, passed by and signed into law by the elected representatives of the State of New York. Fair is fair. He should abide by those laws, rather than irritate others with his purely personal opinions--right? As it is, the student is refusing to participate in "remediation":
The president of the university and assorted spokespeople weighed in as well:
“Yesterday, I was made aware of a current student’s Instagram posts pertaining to transgender people,” the university’s president wrote. “I want to take this opportunity to publicly restate my deep personal commitment to promoting social justice.”
In the same email, the president insinuated that the school would like to take action against Stevens, though it cannot infringe on his First Amendment rights.
“There are clear legal limitations to what a public university can do in response to objectionable speech,” the president wrote. “As a result, there are few tools at our disposal to reduce the pain that such speech may cause.”
In a statement to The Daily Wire, a SUNY Geneseo spokeswoman said that the school does not believe that it is infringing on any student’s right to free speech.
“Although we cannot comment on any particular student, SUNY Geneseo respects every student’s right to freedom of speech and expression,” the spokeswoman said. “By choosing to enter into certain professional fields, students agree to abide by the professional standards of their chosen field. At times, these professional standards dictate that students act and behave in certain ways that may differ from their personal predilections.”
So, again, the university takes the high legal and constitutional ground--in a classical liberal/conservative world. Everyone has a 'right' to say what they want in an individual capacity without the interference of government institutions--including government universities. Everyone is 'entitled' to their "personal predilections." OTOH, nobody has a 'right' to express their "personal predilections" in every setting, and professions may specify standards of conduct for their field.
Conservatives will lose these battles if they continue to play by that set of rules. It will always be a matter of degree, and the progs are past masters at the gradual pushing of envelopes--by degrees. A far better approach would be to argue that there is an establishment of religion issue involved. That argument, too, is constitutionally complicated, but it does get closer to the heart of the matter. There are fundamental philosophical issues behind these disagreements, and we'd better face up to that. Conservatives will lose until they get in touch with those fundamental philosophical principles and present them coherently. This all gets to the very foundations of organized society and governance. It's all up for grabs.
But here's the point of my title, about professions in a woke society. Obviously the unexpressed but very real intent of passing laws like Dignity for All Students Act is precisely to drive normals out of the educational profession. The result will be that the teaching profession will end up being exclusively staffed by people who will toe the woke line. Court challenges will have little effect because enforcement will become impossible as long as people continue to elect representatives who back woke standards.
Of course, the unionization of teachers is an assist in this direction. However, the same is already becoming true in all professions, through their professional associations. As those associations come to be dominated--as most already are--woke activists, they will find ways to promulgate "professional standards" that will override "personal predilections"--forcing persons of conscience either to resign from the profession or allow their consciences to be raped. The same is already being enforced through "workplace rules." Normals need to vote, but further: they need to evangelize.