July 9, 2020

Pin ’14 Says Hype Surrounding Cretella Lecture Overblown

posted on: Thursday February 27, 2014

by Philip M. Pin ’14
Guest Opinion

Let me start out by saying this: I am a quiet, reclusive kind of guy who generally keeps my opinions to myself.  To my knowledge, this is the first time I have ever submitted an opinion piece to The Cowl in my four years here at PC. But the hypocrisy of many students protesting the Dr. Cretella lecture is so obvious, I felt obligated to respond.  I know for a fact that many of these same students were outraged when the College postponed the initial Corvino lecture. They used the defense of so-called “academic freedom.” In the spirit of academic freedom, I do not believe there should be a litmus test for speakers.  Let me add that I agree with College President Fr. Brian Shanley, O.P., in saying that a Catholic college cannot allow views against the Church to go unopposed. I am not some right-wing zealot, and am not arguing against gay marriage. For the record, my opinion on that issue happens to be somewhat mixed. I also worry about what this does to free speech, an issue I am passionate about. I worry that this hypersensitive world today takes comments people make and wildly exaggerates them. I think this is wrong, and feel I often cannot speak my mind without consequences.  Also, students should be careful what they put on social media. It has a tendency to come back and bite you when you least expect it.

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