A Christian right politician from Louisiana is hopping mad — ooh, I garontee — that the University of Louisiana is offering a minor program in LGBT studies. And he’s demanding that the university end the program on the pretext that it doesn’t prepare students for the “workforce.”
Rep. Jeff Landry, R-New Iberia, is continuing his efforts to get the University of Louisiana at Lafayette to drop its lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender studies minor on grounds it isn’t consistent with the college’s mission to prepare young people for jobs.
“I want our young people prepared for workforce and the LGBT minor does not assist them toward that goal,” Landry said in a letter to the university’s president, Joseph Savoie. “Our neighbors and students should trust that the education dollars they spent at University of Louisiana at Lafayette will be used to further their careers, not a political agenda.”
Right. Because when academic departments make decisions about their own curriculum, that’s a political agenda; when politicians interfere with the operation of a public university, that’s not a political agenda. And of course, in Landry’s world, the “workforce” doesn’t include people who run advocacy organizations or history professors or anything like that; it only includes work done by Real Americans tm, like building stuff and working in factories (unless they belong to a Godless, communist union, of course).
But here’s the problem:
Savoie said that if the university were to bow to complaints by Landry and others, including Sen. David Vitter, R-La, it would risk losing its accreditation. To gain accreditation, Savoie said a college must show it doesn’t bow to political pressure in deciding what course offerings to provide students.
Accreditation is obviously the work of the devil.