I’ve joked with my kids over the years about the type of college they can attend. I prefer it to be within six hours of our home, as I’m still a Mama Bear and need to be able to get to them in an emergency. They must also attend a college that won’t break us financially or leave us shuffling along, destitute in old age. Lastly, our kiddos are not allowed to attend a university that will cause them to become liberal elitists, espousing hateful rhetoric and protesting on behalf of evil terrorist groups. That’s a BIG one. 

Several universities north of the Mason-Dixon line have espoused the most Marxist propaganda in recent years. Just this past week, Harvard students protested on behalf of the terrorist group Hamas. According to the “New York Post,” dozens of Harvard students released what one can only call a Holocaust-like statement arguing that Israel’s government is completely responsible for the Hamas attack. They are literally blaming Israel for the rapes, mutilations, decapitations of babies, and tortuous kidnappings committed by Hamas. 

Issuing such a statement in the wake of a human rights atrocity shows a complete lack of human decency, not to mention pure insanity. And obviously, none of these students want to be hired by an employer – because nothing ever really goes away on the internet. 

Donors are taking notice. According to the “Washington Post,” the Wexner Foundation, a philanthropy focused on cultivating Jewish leadership, has decided to cut ties with Harvard due to the university’s tepid response to the Hamas attacks. Billionaire alumnus Bill Ackman, a hedge-fund founder, also spoke against Harvard, stating that Harvard is no longer worthy of his money, nor would he want to hire Harvard graduates at this point. He also mentioned that a number of CEOs have requested the release of student names who signed the letter supporting Hamas so they could avoid hiring them in the future. 

Ivy League liberal professors have sought to indoctrinate students for decades, but it appears to have sunk to a new level this past week. At the University of Michigan, a professor allowed his picture to be taken as he ripped down posters honoring the names and photos of hostages tortured by Hamas. At Cornell University, an “inclusion officer” made social media posts touting the Hamas attack as “resisting” Israeli oppression. 

“For decades cowardly college administrators have enabled universities to become nests of Anti-American/Anti-Western activism,” Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) wrote on Twitter. “This week student groups at our most ‘elite’ universities signed their names to proclamations siding with savages who murdered and mutilated babies and raped & desecrated the bodies of dead women. And across America, college students with federal taxpayer-subsidized loans celebrated the murder of Jews.” 

It's not a secret to anyone who watches the news what these “elite” universities have become. They are schools that promote hatred toward societal norms. Many use racist admission policies and racially segregated living quarters for students. Wasn’t that something we fought to do away with in the 1960s?

Most of these universities also seem bent on dismantling the First Amendment. And regarding the Israeli war, it’s the “diversity, equity, and inclusion” crowd who are openly supporting the brutality of Hamas. 

If this past week has not exposed the moral and intellectual depravity of higher education, nothing will. It is way past time to view these institutions with eyes wide open and refuse to send our children to universities that will rot them from the inside out. 

Unfortunately, it now appears we also must keep an eye on our own backyard. As 1819 News recently reported, a Samford University professor scrubbed some tweets and wiped his website after supposedly making pro-Hamas statements during a class. 

Really? These are the people you want to defend

Morally decent students in this professor’s class didn’t like hearing their teacher defend rapists and murderers. They are the ones who contacted 1819 News with this craziness. In fact, a very brave female student allegedly attempted to verbally spar with the professor about these issues. When challenged on his pro-Hamas stance, the Samford professor quickly shut down the conversation, refusing to continue the open exchange of ideas. One word comes to my mind: Coward. 

Okay, that’s dishonest. I also thought Communist. 

My husband and I are trying to teach our teens about virtue, respect, and loving their neighbors as themselves … and the world stage is providing some very brazen teaching tools right now.  We’re attempting to raise young men who understand the difference between good and evil. Sexual assault, kidnapping, murdering babies, burning people alive, and torturing people because of their ethnicity or beliefs ALWAYS fall on the side of evil. We’re certainly not going to pay tuition to any university that will try to teach them otherwise. 

What will it take to change these institutions that are more set on indoctrinating students than educating them? 

Money. It will take losing money from donors, alumni and families before chancellors and professors question the poison they’re spewing. It also will take parents and students who are willing to forsake the distinction of “Ivy League” degrees, choosing to spend their money elsewhere. 

If it comes to picking an honorable, morally conscientious college over a hateful, prestigious university – it’s time to choose honor. What kind of people do we want our children to become in this world?

Kristin Landers is a substitute teacher and freelance writer. Landers’ previous work includes serving as Communications Director for the Alabama Policy Institute and working for Citizens Against a Legalized Lottery (CALL) to defeat legalized gambling in the state of Alabama.

The views and opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the policy or position of 1819 News. To comment, please send an email with your name and contact information to Commentary@1819News.com.

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