Cal State's own "Ideological Bigot"
Cal State English teacher Clifton Snider’s website header runs: “Clifton Snider, Poet, Novelist, Literary Critic, and Lecturer at California State University, Long Beach.”
As I started reading his website, my first impression was that I was dealing with someone who really loves himself. Most of the site is dedicated to discussing his own books, poetry (he has another site called “Poets against the War”) and various other works. But it wasn’t long before I found what I was looking for – his curriculum.
I just heard on Fox a few minutes before writing this that Mr. Snider is known for forcing his liberal views on his students (who have to take an English class as a requirement). These are some “Subjects for an Argument Paper” as printed on Snider’s curriculum pages:
“Is it right for the Bush Administration to use the War on Terrorism for political or commercial purposes?”
“What role does George W. Bush have in the Enron scandal?”
“The Economy…Under President Clinton, the Federal Government had a handle on the national debt. Now the Bush administration is passing that debt on to the post-baby-boom generation.”
“The Environment (insecticides, off-shore drilling, protecting the forests, clean-air laws, protecting pristine land in Alaska from oil drilling). See Elizabeth Shogren's, "States, White House at Odds on Environment," Los Angeles Times, 29 December 2002, A23.”
“George W. Bush's time in the National Guard presents important questions about the character of a man who has sent hundreds of Americans to their deaths in war and killed and maimed untold thousands of others. See Richard A. Serrano's "What Did Bush Do in the Guard?" (Los Angeles Times, 15 February 2004: A1+), Jennifer Loven's "Bush Guard Records Lack Answers" (Press-Telegram, 15 February 2004: A5), and James Rainey's "Documents Say Bush Got Breaks in Military" (Los Angeles Times, 9 September 2004: A1+).”
“It is no secret that the Bush administration and many Republicans have taken steps to undo the progress in environmental protection made before they took office.”
“Gun control (should a license, including a card with a picture similar to a driver's license, be required of gun owners? should handguns be banned? These are only two narrowed gun control topics; "gun control" itself is far too broad as a topic). See Aparna Kumar's "More Guns in Citizens' Hands Can Worsen Crime, Study Says" (Los Angeles Times, 23 January 2003: A15).”
These are only a few of the topics he lists at the bottom of his argument paper page. Beneath these topics, he lists those which may not be discussed. Taboo topics include religion, and “Topics on which there is, in my opinion, no other side apart from chauvinistic, religious, or bigoted opinions and pseudo-science (for example, female circumcision, prayer in public schools, same-sex marriage, the so-called faith-based initiative, abortion, hate crime laws, the existence of the Holocaust, and so-called creationism).” (Emphasis in the original)
Opposing this “teacher” is Dr. Mike Adams, whose articles appear here. After Dr. Adams exposed Snider as an “ideological bigot” in “Shut up and Teach,” Snider threatened to sue Adams because Adams quoted from his website without permission. Adams followed with “Shut up and Sue,” and most recently “Cliff’s Notes.” They all make very interesting reading.