Are You Politically Correct?: Debating America's Cultural Standards

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Michael Bauman, Francis Beckwith
Prometheus Books, 1993 - Education - 266 pages
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Policies governing what is taught in America's colleges and universities, who is admitted, and how faculty are hired (for years viewed as standards of excellence) are now being replaced by standards aimed at "multicultural diversity." Traditional standards are criticized as inherently racist, sexist, and oppressive, while the new perspective is said to be "politically correct." Today, important questions are being raised:


- Should the study of Western culture be replaced by "multiculturalism"?

- Is affirmative action inherently racist?

- Should accrediting bodies require a commitment to diversity?

- What is political correctness?

- Should the traditional canon of the great works of Western literature be replaced, amended, or remain the same?

- Do minority study programs really benefit the people they are supposed to help?

- Are "speech codes" on college campuses inconsistent with the First Amendment?

Are You Politically Correct? brings together selections that span the political gamut from the far left to the far right, demonstrating the clash of views on the many issues surrounding the political correctness debate.

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Contents

Acknowledgments
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Are You Politically Correct?
15
What Campus Radicals?
33
Copyright

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About the author (1993)

DR. MICHAEL BAUMAN is Professor of Theology and Culture at Hillsdale College where he is also Director of Christian Studies. He is a member of the faculty of Summit Ministries in Manitou Springs, CO, and is co-editor with David Noebel, of the "Schwartz Report". A former world champion cyclist, Bauman is contributing editor to "Ultra Cycling" magazine.

Francis J. Beckwith is a frequent contributor to the Christian Research Journal, a publication of the Christian Research Institute. The journal publishes articles that defend the Christian faith against teachings of other religions and the values of modern life that undermine Christianity's fundamental teachings. Beckwith's articles have dealt with theological issues, such as the deity of Christ, the Trinity, and the occurrence of miracles; he has also analyzed the philosophies of other religions, including the Mormon and Baha'i faiths. Beckwith also writes from a Christian perspective about current and often controversial social issues, such as abortion. Taking a strong antiabortion stance, in The Abortion Debate: Back to the Future and Abortion and Personhood Arguments: A Critical Analysis, Beckwith analyzes the prochoice arguments and then provides counterarguments. He has tackled equally controversial issues in articles on euthanasia, cloning, and civil disobedience. Beckwith's works include Are You Politically Correct? Debating America's Cultural Standards and Affirmative Action: Social Injustice or Reverse Discrimination? Other of his titles include Relativism: Feet Planted Firmly in Midair, and See the Gods Fall: Four Rivals to Christianity. Beckwith received a B.A. from the University of Nevada at Las Vegas, an M.A. from Simon Greenleaf University, and a second M.A. and a Ph.D. from Fordham University. He has taught at Fordham, Southern Nevada University, the University of Nevada, and Whittier College. He has also worked with the Nevada Policy Research Institute. Since 1997 Beckwith has been an associate professor of philosophy, culture and law at Trinity Institute University.

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