People hearing without listening

Yale has adopted a new policy that perfectly opposes Bill Clinton’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” mantra regarding gays in the military.

That policy is: “don’t answer, don’t listen.” This is Yale’s response to questions about its admission of the ambassador of the most homophobic, misogynist, religiously fanatical government… arguably of all time.

Practically speaking, it can be summarized as; “We’re not discussing it, and those of you who keep talking about it are retards.” The MTV version, to which Della Sentilles subscribes (see below) is; “Lalalala, I Can’t Hear You!”

In the Wall Street Journal’s, John Fund recounts the intellectual vigor with which those soliciting donations for Yale respond to questions regarding freedom of expression in academia. Update on Intellectual idiots:

He [Alexis Surovov, assistant director of giving at Yale Law School] also largely defended Yale’s refusal to answer questions on the ex-Taliban official by saying, “We can’t respond to every political case. We need to show the university isn’t here to make political decisions.” When I asked him if admitting a key propagandist for the Taliban was a political decision, he claimed he was “only vaguely aware of Taliban practices.” (He clearly shares that information deficit with some other Yale officials.)

If piling on were actually even possible in this case, then Cathy Young would be guilty of it in The Boston Globe, Educating the Taliban at Yale,

One striking aspect of this controversy is the reaction from Yale’s liberal community. Della Sentilles, a Yale senior, recently wrote a piece for the Yale Daily News denouncing such manifestations of rampant misogyny at Yale as the shortage of tenured female professors and poor childcare options. On her blog, a reader asked Sentilles about the presence at Yale of a former spokesman for one of the world’s most misogynistic regimes. Her reply: ”As a white American feminist, I do not feel comfortable making statements or judgments about other cultures, especially statements that suggest one culture is more sexist and repressive than another. American feminism is often linked to and manipulated by the state in order to further its own imperialist ends.”

Transliterated from Gynidiot this renders as: “If it damages my petty case to look outside my relatively trivial set of complaints: A) I’m not qualified to discuss the stoning of women because of their choice of clothing in some other culture, and B) it’s the fault of the patriarchy anyway. Besides, Hashemi was just following chauvinist orders.

Americans, this is an example of what passes for education at an elite University. And you thought the boomers were self-absorbed.

Where is Galt’s Gulch when you need it?

Update: 7:41PM
Maybe Della Sentilles could comment on this from Rantings of a Sandmonkey?

Religious scholars have issued a fatwa prohibiting women from using the Internet without the presence of a mahram (a close relative they are prohibited to marry). This was followed by a call from Saudi businessmen to sue Web sites that call for freedom of thought and secularism, such as the aforementioned Web sites.

The Fatwa was issued by 2 saudi sheikhs called Othman Al Khamees and Saad Al Ghamdy, and it states the following: ” It’s Haram to let women use the internet because of their inside wickedness, and a woamn shouldn’t be allowed on the internet without the presence of a Moharam (close male relative) who is an expert in the deceptive and sexually corrupt nature of the women!”. I am not making this shit up, people. That’s what it said.

She could start with defending her own use of the Internet, I suppose.