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Harvard Debacle

The appointment of a radical feminist to the Harvard presidency in compensation for Lawrence Summers’s brief, daring, but ill-thought out challenge to feminist pieties about women and science last year recalls Luke 14:28-32, where Jesus asks,

For which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and counteth the cost, whether he have sufficient to finish it? Lest haply, after he hath laid the foundation, and is not able to finish it, all that behold it begin to mock him, saying, this man began to build and was not able to finish it.

Or what king, going to make war against another king, sitteth not down first, and consulteth whether he be able with ten thousand to meet him that cometh against him with twenty thousand? Or else, while the other is yet a great way off, he sendeth an ambassage, and desireth conditions of peace.

Summers’s challenge to feminist scripture concerning why women are “underrepresented” at the highest levels of achievement in science was admirable but disastrous, inasmuch as he was not prepared to meet the onslaught that he unleashed. And his few words have had the ironic result of cementing feminist dogma at Harvard even more solidly than before. In an effort to make up for his few questioning words, Harvard is undergoing what looks like a complete re-education in feminism, diversity, and political correctness.   The question arises, why didn’t more scientists come to Summers’s aid and defense?  The answer is that they are cowards. A friend tells me that they are afraid of losing their funding and even more, that they are really, really frightened of female anger. This reminds me of a professor who told me years ago that he had been through the Warsaw ghetto uprising, but that nothing incited melting fear in his heart like the sight of an angry feminist student approaching his office. What has happened to our society? Have testosterone levels so diminished that men are unable to stand up for what is right because they fear women?

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