Patrick Henry College
Dr. Keith Pavlischek
Pavlischek, Senior Fellow at the Ethics & Public Policy Center and occasional guest lecturer at Patrick Henry College, observed in his blog post: “We’re not told whether any University of Maryland students felt ‘excluded or marginalized’ by having a porn flick showing ‘close-ups of sweaty pirates having orgies’ in their student union or whether the taxpayers of Maryland feel ‘excluded or marginalized’ by having their tax money go to an institution that promotes such things in the name of ‘free speech.’”
In contrast, at Patrick Henry College prayer is encouraged, while pornography is strictly prohibited. Both principles, firmly ingrained within the College’s institutional bylaws, are not only favored but publicly encouraged and policed by the students themselves. Given that free speech is valued on both the PHC and U-MD campuses, Pavlischek explains that the practice thereof is susceptible to radically different notions about freedom. At the University of Maryland, he says, “They proclaim loudly that they are so free, but [if the university senate resolution passes] they are not free to have an invocation prayer.”
PHC President Dr. Graham Walker contrasts the student culture at the University of Maryland with the goals of Patrick Henry College, stating that U-MD’s subjective flip-flopping of good and evil illustrates precisely why PHC was created.
“There is so much confusion in higher education,” he says. “The universities are so compromised by distorted ideals. We need an institution that can set an example and practice truth—that can call good ‘good’ and evil ‘evil.’”
Read Dr. Pavlischek’s full blog post and other columns on First Things.