Morally and ethically bankrupt... Psychologists blacklist conservative colleagues 'The more liberal respondents are, the more willing they are to discriminate'

iamnothere 2012/08/19 23:56:03
psychologists blacklist conservative colleagues
'The more liberal respondents are, the more willing they are to discriminate'
Bob Unruh

A recent study by Tilburg University is gaining attention for its stunning conclusion that among psychologists, conservatives have reason to fear negative consequences should their political beliefs be revealed.

“In decisions ranging from paper reviews to hiring, many social and personality psychologists admit that they would discriminate against openly conservative colleagues,” the authors, Yoel Inbar and Joris Lammers, wrote.

“The more liberal respondents are, the more willing they are to discriminate.”

The study was done by the two members of the Department of Social Psychology at Tilburg University in the Netherlands. They warned specifically that conservatives who fear harm if their colleagues discover their leanings “are right to do so.”

The results got the attention of the U.S.-based Alliance Defending Freedom, which runs a Center for Academic Freedom. There, Travis C. Barham, litigation staff counsel, noted the results “should come as a disappointment to those who think that we should – in the words of Thomas Jefferson – ‘follow the truth wherever it may lead.’”

“As the researchers noted, ‘as offensive as it may seem to many social psychologists, believing that abortion is murder does not mean that one cannot do excellent research,’” wrote Barham.

Get “The Liberal Mind: The Psychological Causes of Political Madness,” in which Dr. Lyle Rossiter explains why modern liberals think and act as they do.

“And these results should also disturb the millions of Americans who think that universities should serve as a ‘marketplace of ideas,’ where all perspectives are welcome and addressed on their merits,” he wrote.

The study found participants were asked how likely they would be to discriminate against conservatives regarding issues such as evaluating papers, symposium invitations, grants and even job applications.

“They also asked participants how likely their colleagues would be to discriminate against conservatives in the same areas. The results were disturbing,” Barham wrote. “Almost 20 percent admitted they would at least be somewhat inclined to discriminate against conservatives when reviewing papers. Almost 25 percent would discriminate in reviewing grants and almost 40 percent would when making hiring decisions.”

Dr. Lyle Rossiter, who wrote “The Liberal Mind: The Psychological Causes of Political Madness,” told WND radical liberals “see liberal principles as revealed truth, admitting of no debate.”

“They are confident they are right and therefore justified in holding their biases and acting on them,” he continued. “The irony is that their policies are immoral (redistributing wealth is theft, affirmative action rewards inferiority and penalizes success); destructive (their policies corrupt the character of the people and undermine the productivity needed to overcome poverty); and historically disastrous (their policies exploit and tyrannize the people and ultimately destroy social order).”

He said, “We should be glad this research affirms what everyone knows informally: that colleges, universities, the mainstream media, and the entertainment industry are at least 80 percent Kool Aid drinkers who endorse liberal madness. Then we had better join the tea party and support other conservative causes that can get out the message that liberalism is a fatal disease.”

He said the alternative isn’t pleasant.

“If they don’t, we will all join the ongoing economic, social and political train wreck that is now Europe. In fact, Europe is the crowning glory of the modern liberal agenda. It is the inevitable result of liberal madness, applied to every societal institution at every level: economic, fiscal, financial, monetary, social/communitarian, marital/familial, political, ethical, moral, legal, educational, spiritual, and military,” he said.

“Europe is in decay because of its modern parental state and modern permissive culture, the twin arms of the modern liberal agenda. It is financially and morally beyond bankruptcy; it must corrupt its currency to postpone collapse of its banking system and keep governments from default; it is unable to defend itself militarily against anybody, or intellectually and spiritually against the encroachment of Islam; it is unable to maintain or defend philosophically its Western heritage of freedom based on individualism; its declining birthrate cannot sustain its dwindling Anglo-European population; and it is dissolving its culture in the secular nihilism and hedonism of la dolce vita (the sweet life),” he said.

“Other than that, everything is just fine.”

In his book, Rossiter, who got his medical and psychiatric training at the University of Chicago, explains how modern liberalism is an attack on the freedom of adults to make good lives for themselves by cooperating with others, the ability of families to raise children to be self-reliant and mutual, and the morals, rights and laws that protect freedom.

He is board-certified in both general and forensic psychiatry, has diagnosed and treated mental disorders for more than 40 years, and has consulted in more than 2,700 civil and criminal cases in both state and federal jurisdictions.

The Tilburg study itself noted that during a 2011 meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, a speaker asked the political conservatives to raise their hands.

“In an audience of more than a thousand, only three hands went up,” the report said.

“We believe that conservatives’ (and moderates’) actual and seeming under-representation in social-personality psychology, as well as their evident reluctance to disclose their politics, may be explained by a hostile political climate against conservatives,” the researchers suggested.

“Non-liberals may feel unwelcome and unable to express their views, and the liberal majority may even actively discriminate against more conservative individuals.”

Their self-evaluations identified 93 percent of the psychologists as liberal on social issues, 70 percent liberal on economic issues and 74 percent liberal on foreign policy.

“The more conservative respondents were, the more they experienced a hostile climate, were reluctant to express their views to colleagues, and feared that they might be the victims of discrimination based on their political views,” the study said.

“These fears are quite realistic: a sizeable portion of our respondents indicated at least some willingness to discriminate against conservative professors. One in six respondents admitted that she or he would be somewhat included to discriminate against conservatives in inviting them for symposiums or reviewing their work. One in four would discriminate in reviewing their grants. And more than one in three would discriminate against conservatives when making hiring decisions,” the study said.

“And the more liberal respondents were, the more willing they were to discriminate,” the study said.

The results surprised even the surveyors, because they come from questions “explicitly asking … whether they would discriminate.”

“Presumably there is a strong norm against discrimination among psychologists, so these figures may even underestimate the actual degree of discrimination,” the report said.

“Is this a problem? If one believes that conservatives are simply wrong, perhaps not. Geologists are not obliged to accept colleagues who believe the earth is flat. Biologists are not obliged to accept colleagues who reject natural selection But conservative political beliefs do not in and of themselves meet this standard. A belief that the earth is flat is factually false: a belief that abortion should be prohibited is not.”

They concluded conservatives know of the discrimination, so they hide their views.

Barham wrote, “The results of this study will not come as news to students who have experienced professors that inject their political views into class or to students who feel pressured [to] agree with those views to get a good grade. Nor will they surprise conservative professors like Dr. Mike Adams (who was denied a promotion because his colleagues vociferously disliked his conservative beliefs), Kenneth Howell (who was fired for teaching Catholic theology in a class about Catholic theology), June Sheldon (who was terminated for answering questions about homosexuality in a genetics class) and Theresa Wagner (who was not hired because of her pro-life views).”

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  • Quazimoto 2012/08/21 12:36:20
    Diversity at work for the benefit of America. Your comments are accepted as long as it agrees with mine, otherwise you are a idiot and wrong. Liberals are the biggest hypocrites ever.
  • Dwight 2012/08/20 15:25:29
    The Liberal mins in a nut shell. They can't possibly be wrong because they believe what they believe, and it is right.
  • Bozette 2012/08/20 14:29:48
    What hypocrisy! Bias against those with conservative values and views has been happening for a very long time in our colleges and universities as well as in the scientific community. Many students write papers based upon their professor's beliefs instead of their own in order to maintain their GPA, just as many scientists do not let their political or religious beliefs be known in order to keep their positions, grants, etc. They do these things to prevent discrimination or retaliation from those who...(drum roll please)...promote tolerance. Apparently, they have two different definitions of the term. One for those who agree with them and another for the rest of us.
  • Bevos 2012/08/20 12:47:19
    I guess it all comes down to the fact that Parents need to check out ALL schools that they send their children to. And learn to OBJECT STRONGLY to Liberalisn in ANY school. Because I am sure that it is not the parents that teach their children to, "Get right up in their faces and scream until they back down"!!! Most parents want their kids to get along with their peers.
    But, I would imagine if the Parents were to sit in on a few of these classes, that they are so proudly sending their children to, they would yank them out in a hurry.
  • Lady Whitewolf 2012/08/20 10:19:55
    Lady Whitewolf
  • iamnothere Lady Wh... 2012/08/20 12:22:51
    if the liberals have their choice they would be saying to anyone who does not agree with them rest in peace 6 ft under
  • Lady Wh... iamnothere 2012/08/20 13:48:48
    Lady Whitewolf
    Wrong again....

    need another try?
  • iamnothere Lady Wh... 2012/08/20 14:08:35
    keep giving non answers and I will have to just ignore anything that you actually do decide to comment about.. since one line answers that say nothing is not much to try to build a conversation upon. guessing that you are vacuous.. one would hope you have a lot more depth.. sigh
  • Bevos iamnothere 2012/08/20 14:51:44
  • Matt 2012/08/20 10:19:47 (edited)
    Liberal psychologists have found that there is a lot more money to be made by creating problems than there is by solving them.

    Our Ritalin addicted children are starting to graduate now and will soon bring us whole new sets of sociological problems. Ritalin graduate
  • Soundstorm 2012/08/20 09:46:26
    Liberalism is its own dark age.
  • ★Calliope★ 2012/08/20 09:09:39
    Of course.

    Funny - here, unless it's in academia, or some other 'liberal' profession, most 'bosses' would probably go with the conservative if she really wants the job done and not a lot of whining. At least that's what I've found.

    Then again, my background is Military and in working in the civilian world, that was a plus in my vocation so the folks that tended to hire me were conservative or at least conservative leaning.
  • iamnothere 2012/08/20 04:49:54
  • 3kidsandamom 2012/08/20 04:33:07
    Only proves what many of us already know, the 'tolerant' group is actually far more likely to discriminate against people with opposing viewpoints than the conservatives they are discriminating against! Conservatives may disagree with someone's opinion/beliefs however we will fight for your right to say or express it, however, the 'tolerant' liberals, when they disagree with you, will go to extremes to shut you up and try to ensure you can't say or express your beliefs again! They are only tolerant if you happen to be crazy enough to agree with them!
  • Bevos 3kidsan... 2012/08/20 12:56:01
    The tolerant group is intolerant of the group that is intolerant? OK . I think I got it. LOL
  • Stan Kapusta 2012/08/20 04:00:08
    Stan Kapusta
    I don't put any resolve in anything a psychologist says. Their the ones who are nuts! They want 300 bucks an hour where a bartender is free.
  • Bevos Stan Ka... 2012/08/20 13:04:45 (edited)
    I don't either. One told my 15 yr old it was ok to do drugs. I pulled him out of there. My ex and I got counseling one time and he told me that if it upset my husband for me to talk to other men, neighbor, mailman, Brother, etc that I shouldn't do it. I got up and walked out. But not before I told him how ignorant he was!
  • jay 2012/08/20 02:23:05
    Very true just look how hateful the pro gay marriage people are to people who want to preserve traditional marriage.
  • goatman112003 2012/08/20 00:58:15
    It just means a justification to declare you nuts if you don't believe their viewpoint.
  • KingdomNow 2012/08/20 00:54:23
    Liberals aren't liberal and Progressives aren't progressive, they are merely factious.
  • Bevos KingdomNow 2012/08/20 13:12:16
    No they just like to spin like they have some facts. Most of the time they are just dreaming.
  • wtw 2012/08/20 00:18:38
    The key statement is,"And these results should also disturb the millions of Americans who think that universities should serve as a ‘marketplace of ideas,’ where all perspectives are welcome and addressed on their merits,”

    Libs have zero tolerance and are the real modern close-minded bigots and racist! This is what the PC universities are teaching our kids to be intolerant of anything but what they believe!
  • Bevos wtw 2012/08/20 13:14:59 (edited)
    No. They are teaching them it is OK to do anything you want. No matter what. The only thing they are intolerant of is anybody that disagrees with them.
    Kind of like the Romans with their drunken orgies. They teach them, if it feels good, do it.
  • PoliticallyIncorrect 2012/08/20 00:14:06
    The reason Freud became interested in psychology, one reason anyway, is that he had mental problems of his own. Liberal psychologists may fulfill that need to "treat themselves" or they're simply ideologically intolerant, judgmental, and not fit to help others heal. After all, they cannot heal themselves of their affliction. Michael Savage also says that Liberalism is a Mental Disorder, so it looks like more people recognize the problem of the liberal psychologist mental derrangement syndrome than I realized..
  • Bevos Politic... 2012/08/20 13:18:13
    In my experiences, it is!
  • Politic... Bevos 2012/08/20 23:17:56
    Totally understand.
  • draconiaregina 2012/08/20 00:11:12
    WOOHOO! You can just feel the love of liberal "tolerance"*

    *we will tolerate your views, just as long as they are in goosestep with ours
  • westernslope~PWCM~JLA 2012/08/20 00:06:12
    It's always the guilty that protest too much --- sounds like a liberal
  • Informed Voter 2012/08/20 00:05:48
    Informed Voter
    Liberal and mind. Isn't that a contradiction in terms?
  • Lady Wh... Informe... 2012/08/20 10:20:24
    Lady Whitewolf
  • iamnothere Lady Wh... 2012/08/20 12:23:58
  • Bevos Informe... 2012/08/20 13:19:37
    Yes it is!! A BIG one!!! LOL
  • WhereIsAmerica? ~PWCM~JLA 2012/08/19 23:58:06
    WhereIsAmerica? ~PWCM~JLA
    Of course this is true, all the ugly things Liberals accuse others of being are EXACTLY what they themselves are.
  • 3052457 2012/08/19 23:57:54
  • Informe... 3052457 2012/08/20 00:07:32
    Informed Voter
    I agree, let's see it!

    The collective Left with discard it (like everything else).
    The conservatives will say, "see, I told you so."

    The sad part is, the book is so spot-on, it's scary.
  • 3052457 Informe... 2012/08/20 00:25:20
  • tommyg ... 3052457 2012/08/20 01:01:52
    tommyg - POTL- PWCM-JLA
  • iamnothere 3052457 2012/08/20 04:34:20
    feel free to look it up..
  • 3052457 iamnothere 2012/08/20 05:14:16
  • iamnothere 3052457 2012/08/20 05:16:18

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