University of Utah students, professors, and community activists signed a petition last week demanding that the University cancel a keynote address to be given by Larry H Miller. "As of Thursday, almost 1,400 people had signed the online petition asking the university to "rescind this thoughtless invitation and issue a formal statement of apology" to the community" the article stated. Kt Farley, a U student who started the petition had this to say, "By yanking the movie from his screens, Miller showed he is not open-minded and doesn't value academic freedom..... I wouldn't object to Miller speaking at the university, as long as the subject was not higher education. They should get him to talk about his political stands or why he canceled the movie" U of U student once again are showing us the light as to the true meaning of diversity. "Anything you do that offends us, makes you a racist and a closed-minded ideological Nazi"
First, this is America and I thought if a movie house owner finds something offensive with a movie depicting homosexuality, he has the right to do so. I must concede he may not have proved himself wholly pure on the morality issue with some of the other films he showed at the time, but that aside it is his right to show what he will at his theatre.
Second, it is rather hypocritical of the students and professors of the U to throw out the battle cry "Diversity!" because the man had the courage to stand by his convictions regarding a moral issue (homosexuality is a MORAL issue !!! Even if there is a gay gene it doesn't make homosexuals into a race, there are genes that have been proven to cause criminal behavior -- I don't see anyone fighting for the rights of criminals to commit crimes). Larry H. Miller has stood up for diversity, he stood up for his beliefs. Apparently diversity training hasn't prepared U students for someone not agreeing with popular college campus opinion.
Dear Larry. . . apparently U students don't want your donations. I know of institutions in Southern Utah that are in dire need of additional funding -- it sounds like you can channel money wasted at the U down here.