Liberal profs admit they’d discriminate against conservatives

Progressives are all for diversity, especially on college campuses, except when diversity requires a variety of views. Namely, if you're conservative don't apply for a faculty job or expect a promotion.

As the Washington Times described the study:

Psychologists Yoel Inbar and Joris Lammers, based at Tilburg University in the Netherlands, surveyed a roughly representative sample of academics and scholars in social psychology and found that “In decisions ranging from paper reviews to hiring, many social and personality psychologists admit that they would discriminate against openly conservative colleagues.”

For conservatives, it's like being a closeted gay, according to one scholar:

Mr. Inbar and Mr. Lammers found that conservatives fear that revealing their political identity will have negative consequences. This is why New York University-based psychologist Jonathan Haidt, a self-described centrist, has compared the experience of being a conservative graduate student to being a closeted gay student in the 1980s.

Another observation:

“As offensive as it may seem to many social psychologists,” Mr. Inbar and Mr. Lammers write, “believing that abortion is murder does not mean that one cannot do excellent research.” To think otherwise, they argue, damages the scientific credibility of psychology — a field that has been criticized in the press for being a pseudo-science.

Do you believe that most of your college professors were liberal or conservative

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Created on Aug 4, 2012

 

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