• Carroll's Corner article for February


  • Much of the world is outraged over the kidnapping of hundreds of Nigerian schoolgirls by the Islamic terrorist group Boko Haram.

    It is threatening to sell them into slavery and forced marriage.

    Why? Because they do not believe girls should receive an education and that women are inferior to men.

    Meanwhile, here at home in New Jersey, a student and faculty protest against former secretary of state Condoleezza Rice led to her decision not to give the commencement address.

    If there is one person who probably agrees with Rutgers University faculty and students who protested Rice's giving the commencement address, it is the bloodthirsty Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau.

    Rice represents everything this terrorist group, and many Islamic radicals detest - the education and equality of women - especially women of color. Rice is a great role model for those Nigerian girls and all young girls around the world.

    Rutgers University President Robert Barchi said that the University's choice for commencement speaker "as a 'public servant, educator and statesman speaks to the civility, integrity, and vision that we hope will guide our graduates as they pursue their careers or further their studies.' "

    No, he was not speaking of Rice, the first black female ever to hold such positions and the first female to hold the position of national security adviser who turned down Rutgers' invitation to be the commencement speaker after faculty and student protests.

    He was referring to former New Jersey Gov. Tom Keane who unfortunately agreed to take her place.

    What was Keane thinking?

    By agreeing to replace Rice, he indirectly sent a message that he had no problem with those leftist students and faculty whose bullying against Rice's appearance represent just the opposite of what the marketplace of ideas of a University is supposed to represent.

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