Putting Your Money Where Your Mouth Is

The New York Post reported yesterday that in a commencement speech at Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia, billionaire tech investor Robert F. Smith promised to pay off the student loans of the graduating class. Wow.

The article reports:

Billionaire tech investor Robert F. Smith stunned college graduates on Sunday as he gave their commencement speech — offering to pay their student debts despite it costing an estimated $40 million.

“On behalf of the eight generations of my family that have been in this country, we’re gonna put a little fuel in your bus,” Smith told the 400 graduating seniors at the all-male Morehouse College in Atlanta.

“This is my class, 2019. And my family is making a grant to eliminate their student loans.”

The announcement was initially met with stunned looks — before the graduates broke into cheers and tears at the largest gift ever given to the historically black college.

This is brilliant. The students were graduating–they had completed their studies–they had not dropped out. Now the students were faced with serious debt that they had accumulated in order to pay for their college education. Now they are free to pursue whatever career they choose without having that debt hanging over their heads. Paying off these debts not only helps the students, it helps America by making sure those student loans were quickly paid off. Wow.

Whatever Happened To Free Speech?

Yesterday’s Baltimore Sun reported that Dr. Ben Carson has stepped down as the commencement speaker at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.

The article reports:

The withdrawal came less than a week after medical school Dean Paul B. Rothman chastised Carson for his comments and met with graduating students concerned that the famed physician was an inappropriate commencement speaker.

This is the statement that caused the controversy:

“Marriage is between a man and a woman,” Carson said during the television appearance. “No group, be they gays, be they NAMBLA, be they people who believe in bestiality, it doesn’t matter what they are — they don’t get to change the definition.”

Dr. Carson is accused of comparing homosexuals to members of the North American Man/Boy Love Association, a pedophile advocacy group, and those who engage in bestiality. He has since apologized for the above comment, stating, “Although I do believe marriage is between a man and a woman, there are much less offensive ways to make that point,” he continued. “I hope all will look at a lifetime of service over some poorly chosen words.”

The article also reports:

Carson also stepped down as speaker for the Johns Hopkins University School of Education diploma ceremony. New speakers have not been chosen for either commencement address.

On January 30, 2012, the New York Times reported that General William Boykin, an honored graduate of West Point, was told that his invitation to speak at West Point was rescinded due to his views on Islam and Christianity.

These are not isolated incidents. We are silencing people who have made major contributions to our society because they do not practice political correctness. This is viewpoint discrimination–it you do not agree with the prevailing ideology, those in charge will not let you speak. Dr Carson is a brilliant surgeon with an inspiring story of success due to hard work and old-fashioned values. He has a lot to add to the public debate on a number of issues, but the young people graduating from his alma mater will be protected from his ‘radical’ ideas.

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