Voters don't buy it

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I am writing regarding the Nov. 25 column by Jack Kelly titled "The Right Will Rise." Mr. Kelly's main thesis is that "liberal bias" has infiltrated our cultural institutions to the point that it has become impossible to elect a Republican presidential candidate.

A prime example, Mr. Kelly maintains, is the dominance of liberal viewpoints among professors at colleges and universities. Bias is, by definition, in the eye of the beholder. But if by bias among educators, Mr. Kelly means a reliance on the scientific process, the re-examination of traditionally held beliefs in light of scientific or historical evidence, and the substitution of age-old prejudice with rationale thought, then yes, we scientists and educators are guilty as charged.

But let us not confuse scientific and historical truth-seeking with a political agenda. If it is inconvenient to the political right that differences in brain structure at birth are associated with later same-sex attraction, or that Homo sapiens emerged in a small area of Africa several million years ago before migrating to the rest of the Earth, or that Thomas Jefferson did not believe in the divinity of Jesus, it is not the job of educators to rearrange facts for the political purposes of conservatives.

It does not occur to Mr. Kelly that it is the inherent contradictions of right-wing thought with our current understanding of the known universe that causes a rejection of Republicans at the polls. Or, as my 86-year old father said when I showed him Mr. Kelly's column, "What the right is selling, no one is buying."

JILL M. SIEGFRIED
Squirrel Hill


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