On college campuses, the fight between political correctness and the truth rages on.
Scott Yenor, a tenured political science professor at Boise State University, was a visiting fellow at Heritage for the 2015-2016 academic year. While at Heritage, he wrote a series of essays on the principles that make America great and now he is under attack by the Left.
Controversy began in August 2017 when Yenor, now back at Boise State, published an op-ed in the Daily Signal on how “Transgender Activists Are Seeking to Undermine Parental Rights” (viewed 42,500 times) which linked to one of those essays, titled Sex, Gender, and the Origin of the Culture Wars: An Intellectual History.
In his essay, Yenor wrote:
“Transgender theories [include] … the abolition of male supremacy and traditional socialization toward gender scripts, cultivation of androgyny, elimination of the proprietary family and the dependence of women and children on that family, and celebration of non-monogamous, non-marital sexual experiences.
Whether this new world will prove to be fit for human flourishing remains to be seen.”
When the Boise State University caught wind of Yenor’s essay, a merciless smear campaign was launched:
- The Director of Student Diversity and Inclusion issued a statement in which he claimed that Yenor’s ideas are “the root of genocide.” He concluded that: “Not every person who agrees with Yenor’s piece is likely to become an espoused Neo-Nazi, but likely every Neo-Nazi would agree with the substance of Yenor’s piece.”
- Yenor’s fellow faculty attempted to officially censure him, calling his research “hate speech” and a threat to women’s and transgender rights.
- The entire faculty of the BSU School of Social Work authored a letter indicting Yenor.
- A student group raised 2,100 signatures to fire him.
- An op-ed was published in BSU’s student newspaper entitled “Yes, Yenor should absolutely be fired.”
- BSU College Republicans and Democrats debated the controversy.
Heritage experts worked with Yenor to coordinate a national response which led to several essays and op-eds being published in support of Yenor and his research.
Most notably, Yenor was interviewed by Tucker Carlson on November 3. You can watch that interview below:
Yenor’s case has piqued the interest of state legislators:
- The two leading Idaho gubernatorial candidates, Rep. Raul Labrador and Tommy Ahlquist, have personally met with Yenor, with a view to understanding the climate on campuses, and to ultimately reforming and defunding BSU in particular.
- Labrador, who was put in touch with Yenor by Heritage Action, has also asked Yenor for policy suggestions on how to reform BSU.
- Additionally, Yenor has held several meetings with leaders in Idaho’s state legislature. State legislators are interested in defunding BSU’s budget allocations for diversity bureaucrats. Should this effort be successful, it could readily be replicated in other states.
Your support encourages brave people like Yenor to stand up to the intellectual bullies on college campuses.
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