A professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill took to the op-ed pages of The Charlotte Observer on Tuesday to explain that faculty members at the taxpayer-funded school are overwhelming Democrats because of their fears of global warming — and because they believe too many Republicans are too skeptical of evolutionary theory.
The professor is William Snider, the director of the UNC Neuroscience Center.
Snider begins his essay by observing that North Carolina’s state Senate Majority leader, Phil Berger, has suggested that employment discrimination could be a reason that “Democrats outnumber Republicans 12:1 in faculty positions at the University of North Carolina.”
That’s crazy talk, Snider opines, because in “17 years of experience with hiring faculty at the School of Medicine at UNC-Chapel Hill, I have never heard political affiliation mentioned in any job search.”
The professor then searches for other reasons.
“One reason is the anti-science attitude adopted by many rank and file Republicans and supported by some Republican leaders,” Snider declares. He cites a poll from three years ago showing that less than half of the Republican respondents “believe that humans have evolved over time.”
“More relevant,” Snider preaches, “is Republican positions on climate science.”
“Admittedly climate science is complicated,” Snider admits. “Most of us in the biomedical sciences don’t go into the primary data. However, we respect the conclusions of the overwhelming majority of scientists who are developing and testing climate models.” (RELATED: Climate Models Have Been Wrong About Global Warming For Six Decades)
“A recent joint report issued by the National Academy of Science in the U.S. and Royal Society in the U.K. clearly expressed the scientific consensus about the causes and dangers of global warning [sic] and emphasized the role of carbon emissions,” Snider lectures. “Most scientists cannot imagine that National Academy of Science or Royal Society members would participate in a conspiracy to manipulate data and conclusions.” (RELATED: More Countries Caught Manipulating Their Climate Data)
The professor also appears to suggest that global warming skeptics are falling for some dark conspiracy to advance misinformation by “companies and individuals who profit from fossil fuels.” (RELATED: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fiddles With Climate Data To Erase The 15-Year Global Warming ‘Hiatus’)
Indeed, Snider urges, he and his fellow Democratic colleagues on the taxpayer-funded University of North Carolina faculty want to debate issues “on merits rather than on rationale manufactured to appeal to a political base.”
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is most famous, of course, because it published a guide in June instructing students that Christmas vacations and telling a woman “I love your shoes!” are “microagressions.” (RELATED: University Of North Carolina: CHRISTMAS VACATION Is A ‘Microagression’ Now)
Christmas vacations are a microagression, the public university pontificated, because “academic calendars and encouraged vacations” which “are organized around major religious observances” centralize “the Christian faith” and diminish “non-Christian spiritual rituals and observances.”
Interestingly, the long break between semesters at UNC Chapel Hill for the 2016-2017 academic year will last from December 17 to January 10.
The microagression of liking shoes occurs when someone says “I love your shoes!” “to a woman in leadership during a Q & A after a speech.” So it’s a very specific microagression. The problem, the University of North Carolina document declared, is that the shoe admirer values appearances “more than” “intellectual contributions.”
The taxpayer-funded guide — entitled “Career corner: Understanding microaggressions” — also identified golf outings and the words “boyfriend” and “girlfriend” as microagressions.
Additionally, UNC Chapel Hill is home to a “cultural competency workshop” which instructs that white people are privileged because they can buy Band-Aids “in ‘flesh’ color and have them more or less match” their vaguely beige-hued skin. At least some students have apparently been required to participate in the workshop. (RELATED: University Of North Carolina Diversity Workshop Brands Beige Band-Aids As ‘White Privilege’
The University of North Carolina was also home to a sickening scam which involved 18 years of rampant academic fraud. The shocking, embarrassing, taxpayer-funded con allowed dozens of athletes to deliberately enroll in fake classes for which they were awarded passing grades to keep them eligible for UNC’s sports teams. (RELATED: University Of North Carolina Vows: No More Fake Classes For Jocks)