Todd Starnes reports that he received an astonishing account of a political science lesson given to students at Appalachian State University in North Carolina.
Students were given a questionnaire, Starnes learned from one of his radio show listeners, which sought their opinion on several very leading political statements. Respondents were asked to strongly agree, agree, strongly disagree or disagree.
“If a few of the worst Republican politicians were assassinated, it wouldn’t be the end of the world,” read one statement. Then, “Conservatives are morally inferior to liberals.”
“I am in favor of allowing the government to shut down right-wing internet sites and blogs that promote nutty, hateful positions,” read another. “Political violence can be constructive when it serves the cause of social justice.”
Starnes said he contacted the university’s media relations team as well as the chairman of the government and justice studies program, seeking an explanation, but that after 48 hours they had not responded.
However, a university official did reply to a parent and explained that the assignment is to “show students how we need to respect and better understand individuals on both sides of the political aisle.”
Among the other statements students were asked to either agree or disagree with:
- All political conservatives are fools.
- I can’t imagine myself becoming friends with a political conservative.
- Deep down, just about all conservatives are racist, sexist and homophobic.
- Conservatives are morally inferior to liberals
- Political violence can be constructive when it serves the cause of social justice.