“College Republicans.” “College Conservatives.” You know, maybe it’s just us, but doesn’t it kind of seem like, near 2015, those people shouldn’t even exist? Just as a contradiction in terms. Kind of like Key & Peele’s “Tallahassee Black Republicans.” There’s just something wrong about the idea of 20-something, neo-conservative, Rand Paul acolytes attending college in this day and age. Apparently they exist, though; albeit at Arizona State University, which makes slightly more sense. And ASU’s budding neocons are evidently royally pissed about a Biology 100 slideshow.
The frame above (lovingly color-corrected by AATTP in Photoshop from the original bleached-out mess posted by CampusReform.org) was the opening image in a Bio 101 course at ASU. When it’s not posting practically useless pictures online, Campus Reform is busy being the student propaganda arm of a Virginia-based neo-conservative recruitment and training center, The Leadership Institute. Former LI alumni include Grover Norquist, Mitch McConnell and ACORN pimp James O’Keefe. Campus Reform’s editor-in-chief is a regular guest on Fox, and CR is staffed almost entirely by neo-conservative journalists from The National Review, The Daily Caller, The Hill and similar publications. None of them appear to be actual college students.
But, regardless, they apparently do have something to say on things that affect or enrage the new generation of neo-cons they’re training. Which brings us back to Bio 100.
Bio 100, lead by lecturer Dr. Christopher Bang, is a required course for some of the University’s majors. And Bang makes no secret of how the course is centered, or where he is on the manufactured debate between creationism and evolution. As you can see in the slide above, the right-hand frame depicts Jesus creating man with bolts of lightning and the word “MAGIC!”
(NOTE: Yes, that is in fact “Buddy Jesus” from Jay and Silent Bob’s Dogma. Read into that what you will.)
According to Campus Reform “anonymous students who feared retaliation” complained about the image.
“Quite a few students in the lecture hall were bothered by the picture, and it didn’t contribute to the lecture besides adding spite.”
“While I personally support the drawing on the left, I think it’s wrong and unethical for professors to shame those who believe differently. If you’re going to try to get your students to stop believing in creationism, show them unbiased facts. Let them make their own conclusions rather than making it seem like it’s “too embarrassing” to believe in creationism.”
Ah, the good old anonymous and unconfirmed source, stirring up imagined dissent. Rupert Murdoch will have CR’s people quoting “Unnamed White House staffers” in no time.
CR also reports that “
“Other students discussed if professors would be able to get away with publicly criticizing Islam instead of Christianity.”
On ASU’s Young Republicans Facebook page (which seems to have about two dozen active members, about a third of which are liberal trolls) contained the following two posts in regard to this atrocity:
“Liberal scum certainly exists on this campus! While I personally support the drawing on the left, I think it’s wrong and unethical for professors to shame those who believe differently.”
“Young Conservatives is how I found this page… I dealt with nearly the same kind of crap my freshman year at ASU, and the professor did her best to humiliate anyone who disagreed.”
And that’s it. By the way, that second comment came from a young man we’ll call “Kip Drordy” — who, judging from his previous post on the page, is just happy to have a friend.
But, despite feeling awful lonely, Campus Reform and the Leadership Institute aren’t getting much in the way of sympathy from ASU’s staff. When the 30-something South Carolina reporter from CR contacted Arizona State University, via Dr. Bang, she was forwarded to Sandy Leander, manager of media relations for ASU’s Life Sciences. Leander’s quoted two-line response:
“The image you are referring to is on the title page of a [PowerPoint], and sets the stage for a discussion about the extremes of the public discourse on evolution/creationism.”
And that was that.
Meanwhile, the Tallahassee Black Republicans — sorry, “Arizona University Republicans” — are still royally pissed, waging protests in very nearly double-digit numbers on Facebook. So, apparently, neo-cons of our generation really do exist…even if only as some weird offshoot of hipsterism. They’re out there. They just seem to be about as rare as an original thought in Rand Paul’s head.