Fundamentalist? Fine by Me|
April 4, 2013
Hi Mike. Please allow me to introduce myself. My name is also Mike, although
that may be about the extent of our commonalities. But that is okay. Our
strength in in our diversity! Indeed, I am writing to offer a diverse
perspective on an email you sent to numerous subordinates using your East
Carolina University email address. It follows in its entirety:
“Hi All: The LGBT Resource Office is hosting the program stated below. I would
like to suggest that all of us (or as many of us who want to) volunteer for this
and get T shirts and have our photo taken as a group representing the HCAS. Alan
has said we can do it if I organize it (or something like that). So, are you
interested? If so, please email me as soon as you decide and send me a T shirt
size. I’ll order the T shirts and then we can get more info on the photo shoot.
Thanks for your consideration, Mike.”
As a full professor and an associate dean, you should know that many of your
subordinates look upon your "suggestions" as authoritative. You should also know
that many of your subordinates disagree with the notion that the homosexual
lifestyle is somehow morally neutral. Among those dissenters are, of course,
This may come as a surprise to you but research shows that homosexuals are not
the most un-welcomed group on college campuses these days. The evidence suggests
that fundamentalists are the ones who often bear the brunt of academic
intolerance. Please allow me to back that claim with a little evidence.
Sociologist George Yancey wrote a great book called Compromising Scholarship.
In his survey of sociology professors, he found that nearly half admitted to
negatively taking into consideration the fact that a prospective job candidate
was a fundamentalist. By contrast, 90% said the fact that someone is homosexual
does not matter when evaluation ing him as a prospective job candidate.
This is important because Summer Wisdom is a sociologist who is well aware of
such bias. And Summer Wisdom is the one who suggested that you a) pass out "Gay?
Fine by me" t shirts to your subordinates, b) photograph those who choose to
wear them and c) use the photographs in official university promotional
For the record, the bias against fundamentalists isn't limited to sociology.
Among English professors, two-thirds in Yancey's survey said they would penalize
religious conservatives were they to seek employment in their department.
Clearly, bias against people with religious objections to homosexuality is far
greater than bias against homosexuals or any other group that sees itself as a
minority based upon sexual proclivities or practices.
It is also clear that the bias against fundamentalists has become more than
simple bias. Professors are now admitting, in scientific surveys no less, that
they would be willing to actively exclude fundamentalists from the university
community. They no longer seek tolerance of homosexuality. They are now adopting
the goal of intolerance toward those who refuse to affirm homosexuality. That is
something completely different.
Given that professors are now coming out and admitting their desire to penalize
fundamentalists, we must do two things: 1) we need to stop any and all campaigns
to identify those who refuse to abandon their beliefs and affirm homosexuality.
2) We need to start a campaign to actively combat intolerance of
My plan is simple. But it will involve printing more t shirts and taking more
photographs. That is why I am writing you today. I have printed up t shirts that
say "Fundamentalist? Fine by me." I am printing up enough of these t shirts for
you and all of your subordinates. I am also offering to send the t shirts to you
free of charge. Furthermore, I am also willing to send a photographer to your
department if you are interested in having a group picture taken of you and
everyone else who is willing to support diversity by wearing one of the shirts.
You may also feel free to use the picture in your official promotional
So, are you interested? If so, please email me as soon as you decide and send me
t shirt sizes. I'll order the t shirts and then we can get more info on the
Thanks for your consideration.
Mike S. Adams
Associate Professor, UNC-Wilmington
Community Disorganizer, at large.
Author’s Final Note: The ECU administrator never responded. It is, therefore,
safe to conclude that “diversity” at ECU really means intellectually conformity.
And “inclusion” really means excluding those who refuse to conform.
Mike Adams is a criminology professor at the University of North Carolina
Wilmington and author of
Letters to a Young Progressive: How To Avoid Wasting Your
Life Protesting Things You Don't Understand, due out in April..