Over the past two decades I have spent considerable time on a wide variety of college campuses. In that time, I have seen firsthand a steady march away from authentic free inquiry and open debate — away from any concept of Truth in favor of an earthy Progress. So I was more disappointed that surprised to see that students at one of our country’s “great” universities had deemed the campus’s pro-life group unworthy of full membership to the university’s social justice and community service non-profit: Yale Pro-Life Group Rejected by ‘Social Justice’ League.
Perhaps I should be encouraged by the fact that Choose Life at Yale (CLAY) exists at all — but instead, my dismay was deepened by reading one student’s op-ed published in the Yale Daily News, in which the young chair of Yale’s ACLU chapter encouraged others to vote against CLAY. His personal definition of “social justice” — which includes, in part, “working to provide everyone with the chance to live a full and enriching life” — fails to address, or even to mention, the fundamental question of the relationship of the unborn to “everyone.” His argument, such as it is, boils down to this: if your personal definition of social justice matches mine, then vote with me — no objective standards, no facts to support the arguments against, no consideration of alternative viewpoints. No lux; no veritas.