Students Should Think for Themselves
By David Holcberg (New York Press, Dec. 25, 2002; Business Journal of Portland, Dec. 27, 2002; Christian Science Monitor, Dec. 31, 2002; Japan Times, Jan. 1, 2003; Irvine Review, Feb. 2, 2003)
American college students should take a lesson from Hashem Aghajari, a history teacher recently sentenced to death in Iran for "blasphemy."
Aghajari's capital "offense" was telling his students that "In all matters ... your reason is a better tool of discernment than all the sayings of prophets and clerics."
Mr. Aghajari was condemned for advocating that individuals should think for themselves, as opposed to blindly accepting the thinking--or non-thinking--of others.
If America's students, especially in the Humanities, would realize that their "reason is a better tool of discernment than all the sayings" of their politically correct professors, they may discover that a surprising number of their teachers are no better thinkers than the mullahs.