From Tyler O’Neil at PJ Media discussing Mike Pence’s graduation speech at the University of Notre Dame:
But just as Pence began speaking, about 150 people, half students and half faculty members, walked out of the speech. [italics in original]
Sidebar: We could not find confirmation of the faculty walk out at commencement. We did find this:
More than 1,700 University of Notre Dame alumni, faculty and staff had also signed an open letter protesting Pence’s commencement speech gig on similar grounds, claiming the veep “actively opposes this sense of human solidarity and concern for the common good.”
That’s enough to bring the faculty to account. End Sidebar
Students can be excused for behaving badly with regards to freedom of speech. They are still learning. Faculty do not have an excuse. This kind of faculty behavior hurts all universities. It is a perplexing problem because faculty, like everyone else, have and deserve freedom of speech. Unfortunately, they keep using it to identify themselves as nasty, intolerant, and committed to opposing freedom of speech. It is not a platform to encourage university funding.