Want Rabid Intolerance? Go To A Liberal Arts University: U of I Professor Tells College Republicans to ‘F’ Off

You can come out as anything you want at college: a sexual “explorer” who pulls long sexual trains for frat boys (or for sorority sisters, for that matter); a militant homosexual activist; a private-property-destroying anarchist; a jihadist who shouts down Jewish speakers.  And, of course, in the case of William Ayers and Bernadine Dohrn, an unashamed terrorist whose only regret is not planting even more bombs.

Just don’t you dare come out as a Republican, a conservative, a pro-lifer or a Christian, or else these “tolerant” “intellectuals” will bare their vampire fangs and leap at your throat like animals rather than the elitists they so arrogantly presume themselves to be.

To the extent that there is anything whatsoever that is funny about professors like Ellen Lewin, it is that academics such as herself actually pride themselves for their “tolerance,” on the one hand, while simultaneously priding themselves for rabidly attacking anyone who even remotely disagrees with their views.

University of Iowa Professor Tells College Republicans to “F” Off
Wednesday, April 20, 2011, 0:01
By Craig Robinson

A University of Iowa professor felt the need to reply to a blast email by the College Republicans on Monday morning. Ellen Lewin, a professor of Anthropology and Gender, Women’s & Sexuality Studies in the Department of Gender, Women’s & Sexuality Studies, sent a vulgar response to a College Republican email about the group’s, “Conservative Coming Out Week.”

The College Republican email, which was sent to the entire University of Iowa Community, had been approved by a number of university officials before being sent out.

Lewin responded to email by writing, “#*@% [F-Word] YOU, REPUBLICANS” from her official university email account.

Natalie Ginty, a University of Iowa Student and Chairwoman of the Iowa Federation of College Republicans, demanded an apology from Lewin’s supervisors.  “We understand that as a faculty member she has the right to express her political opinion, but by leaving her credentials at the bottom of the email she was representing the University of Iowa, not herself alone,” Ginty wrote to James Enloe, the head of the Department of Anthropology.

“Vile responses like Ellen’s need to end. Demonizing the other party through name-calling only further entrenches feelings of disdain for the other side. I am sure you understand that nothing is ever accomplished by aimless screams of attack,” Ginty concluded.

In an email to the College Republicans, Professor Lewin wrote, “This is a time when political passions are inflamed, and when I received your unsolicited email, I had just finished reading some newspaper accounts of fresh outrages committed by Republicans in government.  I admit the language was inappropriate, and apologize for any affront to anyone’s delicate sensibilities.  I would really appreciate your not sending blanket emails to everyone on campus, especially in these difficult times.”

Lewin sent that email at 10:51 a.m.

Lewin’s response is as inappropriate than her choice of language in her first email. At the bottom of the original mass email, a University of Iowa disclaimer reads, “Distribution of this message was approved by the VP for Student Services. Neither your name nor e-mail address was released to the sender. The policy and guidelines for the UI Mass Mail service, including information on how to filter messages, are available at: http://cs.its.uiowa.edu/email/massmail.”  The College Republicans didn’t even know who all would be receiving the message.

At 11:06 a.m. on Tuesday, Professor Lewin sent another email saying:

I should note that several things in the original message were extremely offensive, nearly rising to the level of obscenity.  Despite the Republicans’ general disdain for LGBT rights you called your upcoming event “conservative coming out day,” appropriating the language of the LGBT right movement.   Your reference to the Wisconsin protests suggested that they were frivolous attempts to avoid work.  And the “Animal Rights BBQ” is extremely insensitive to those who consider animal rights an important cause.  Then, in the email that Ms. Ginty sent complaining about my language, she referred to me as Ellen, not Professor Lewin, which is the correct way for a student to address a faculty member, or indeed, for anyone to refer to an adult with whom they are not acquainted.  I do apologize for my intemperate language, but the message you all sent out was extremely disturbing and offensive.

It’s strange that Professor Lewin is upset with a student for calling her by her first name AFTER she told them to “$%@& [F Word] OFF.”  Quite honestly, Lewin’s continued attacks make it seem like more serious punishment of the professor is called for rather just than the public apology that the College Republicans are demanding.

Professor Tim Hagel, the faculty advisor for the University of Iowa College Republicans, also interjected on behalf of the group.

The issue isn’t whether you found something in the message sent by the College Republicans to have been offensive, but how you chose to express yourself.  Although some would disagree with the reasons in the message immediately below, there would have been a more appropriate way for you to have expressed yourself.  Your initial apology, though qualified, was at least a step in the right direction.  The “additional note” only served to retract the apology and was an apparent attempt to justify your initial response.

It’s not my place at this point to debate the merits of whether the CR message was offense, but let me remind you that they have First Amendment rights as much as you do and that their message was approved for mass distribution by the VP for Student Services, as was indicated at the bottom of the original message.

Let me also note that I found your complaint about Ms. Ginty’s use of your first name to be rather ironic.  As much as I agree with you that it would have been better for her to have shown the respect for your position by referring to you as “Professor,” respect is a two way street and you clearly did not show respect for the College Republicans in your initial response.


Tim Hagle

Associate Professor

UICR Faculty Advisor

Update :University of Iowa President Sally Mason has responded to the incident by sending out a blast email.  Mason’s response was “spurred” by TheIowaRepublican.com’s story about the incident.

Dear Members of the University Community:

The University of Iowa encourages freedom of expression, opposing viewpoints, and civil debate about those opposing viewpoints.  This is clearly articulated in our core values of Diversity and Respect.  Because diversity, broadly defined, advances its mission of teaching, research, and service, the University is dedicated to an inclusive community in which people of different cultural, national, individual, and academic backgrounds encounter one another in a spirit of cooperation, openness, and shared appreciation.

The University also strongly encourages student engagement in such discussions and supports students acting on their viewpoints.  Student organizations are sometimes formed along political lines and act on their political beliefs.  Even if we personally disagree with those viewpoints, we must be respectful of those viewpoints in every way.  Intolerant and disrespectful discord is not acceptable behavior.

Sally Mason

Below is the original email that includes Lewin’s response.

In 2010, Lewin’s salary from the University of Iowa was $94,800.00 plus benefits.  In her spare time, Professor Lewin was written books entitled, Inventing Lesbian Cultures in America, and Gay Fatherhood: Narratives of Family and Citizenship in America.

Professor Ellen Lewis made sure to add her credentials and make the University of Iowa a part of her “views.”

I’m reminded of a paragraph from an article I wrote on postmodernism and the  fascism that invariably accompanies it:

Today, in universities across the country, we are seeing honored faculty fired for no better reason than that they disagree with one or another tenet of “political correctness.” Lawrence Summers was essentially fired from his position as president of Harvard University for raising the possibility that many factors apart from discrimination or bias could explain why there were more men than women in high-end science and engineering positions. Guillermo Gonzalez, as assistant professor at Iowa State, was denied tenure and fired for having written articles arguing that a purposive cause is the best explanation for certain features of our cosmic habitat. David Eaton said, “As alumni at ISU, we are appalled that the current Iowa State administration would stoop to expelling a brilliant young scientist and gifted instructor from the classroom, not for teaching about intelligent design or even mentioning it in his classroom, but for simply committing the thought crime of advocating it [in a research paper] as science.” The documentary film Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed presents scientist after scientist who were fired merely for advocating the possibility of an intelligent cause to the universe. Ben Stein calls attention to the terrifying process of such a stifling of academic and scientific freedom. Fascists and Marxists had no qualms persecuting and stifling unwanted thought among their intellectuals; Western universities should have great qualms over such persecution, but increasingly do not

Will Professor Lewis be fired for harboring unacceptable views the way more so-called “conservative” faculty like Lawrence Summers and Guillermo Gonzalez?  If intellectual hypocrisy wasn’t the quintessential defining essence of modern universities, she certainly would be.

As it is, if you want to see true intolerance today, if you want to see true Marxism, if you want to see the most vile views defended and the most decent ones viciously attacked, just go to your nearest liberal arts university.

This is a state university.  The tax dollars of Reopublicans and other conservatives go to fund both this university and the salary and benefits of this professor whe turns around and denounces their ability to even have a voice.  How dare these damn liberals demand that we pay for their despicable attitudes?

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10 Responses to “Want Rabid Intolerance? Go To A Liberal Arts University: U of I Professor Tells College Republicans to ‘F’ Off”

  1. James Says:

    animal rights bbq – lol

    here is her email address ellen-lewin@uiowa.edu

  2. Michael Eden Says:

    Thanks for that, James.

    I’ll send her my article as an email.

  3. margarita Says:

    Yes!!! I am very happy to hear that you are sending her this article as an email. Enough with these people already!
    Oh, and HAPPY EASTER!!!!

  4. randycrawford52241@hotmail.com Says:

    My, my. Isn’t it horrible to discuss Iowa City’s and the University’s homosexual mafia. They have so much to conceal, and they have spent so many years working hard to develop and infiltrate their racket so that millions of Iowa suckers won’t know how their money is being used to make the “University” of Iowa into the racket’s personal perverted playground. We shouldn’t notice that Ellen Lewin actively stifles freedom of speech. Lesbians are special people, and they have special rights. We shouldn’t notice nursing professors pressuring available nursing students into becoming their personal lesbian whores and passing them around between nursing professors who are ‘of the liberated lesbian sisterhood.’ We shouldn’t look at lesbian Anne Cleary blackmailing an already unstable Lu Gang to the point he grabbed a gun and committed the Nov. 1991 mass murders (cf. Deadly Scholarship by Edwin Chen). We shouldn’t look into the Iowa City (sort of) police and local perverted government actively covering up and lying about how Eric Shaw was shot through the heart. And we especially shouldn’t look at a homo like Steve Sueppel being blackmailed by area homos, embezzling over half a million, and then on the eve of a trial bludgeoning his wife and adopted kids to death in their beds. No, no, no. We the anesthetized Iowa munchkins should let the hirelings of the homosexual mafia take care of everything and do all our thinking for us. Like, for instance, the Iowa City (sort of) Police insisting, less than 48 hours after the Sueppel murder victims were found, that the case was instantly and magically somehow known to be “all a big mystery, and we don’t think we’ll ever get to the bottom of it.” What they couldn’t get to the bottom of was telling Iowa City what are the consequences of letting homosexuals run the university and run the town. So, Ellen Lewin’s case is in comparison small potatoes indeed. The only thing her homo and lesbian bosses will want to do is pretend to conduct and inquiry and make sure her job is kept open for her. We can’t have the little taxpayers realize how much tax money is wasted on university homosexual promotion priorities.

  5. Michael Eden Says:

    Wow, Randy, I didn’t know about most any of that stuff.

    It shouldn’t suprise.

    I think about the “hate crime” charges that were filed against the college kid who video taped his roommate having homosexual sex (the homosexual killed himself after the ‘outing’). The same kind of homosexuals who cried out to make the roommate suffer for the videotape were determined to “out” people who’d contributed money to the Proposition 8 campaign so they could then intimidate them and hurt their businesses. Which is to say that militant homosexuals are all about “outing,” as long as it works for them.

    There are homosexuals who are quiet and just try to get by. They know what they are doing is wrong, but they are trapped by what they understand is an unnatural and unhealthy addiction. My heart goes out to these people.

    But the type of homosexuals you describe are vile, vicious people. They are the enemy of decency and democracy. And we have to stop them or they will destroy us.

  6. Michael Eden Says:


    I DID send the article to her. I think I titled the email, “Regarding Your Rabid Intolerance Problem.”

    Happy Easter to you, to, Margarita. May the Spirit walk with you.

  7. Yale Cohn Says:

    Here’s an interview with University of Iowa Professors Timothy Hagle and Kembrew McLeod, Matt Sowada, the conservative co-host of the political talk radio show American Reason on KRUI, and Rod Sullivan from the Johnson County Board of Supervisors about Professor Ellen Lewin’s “F— You, Republicans!” email response to the University of Iowa College Republicans campus-wide invite for people to participate in “Conservative Coming Out Week.”


  8. Michael Eden Says:

    I listened to it as I responded to comments.

    I felt that no one really dealt with the key issues, namely, should Republican students be BARRED from using the same campus-wide email system that other student groups get to use??? Would the university refuse to discipline a Christian professor from issuing a similar response to a gay student group’s approved campus email? Should such a rampant ideological bias be tolerated in the university system? Should university professors be attacking students’ free expression as professors representing the university? Do univeristy professors have no obligation whatsoever to try to teach students true tolerance – which clearly starts from disagreeing with your opponents’ views?

    The liberal side in this depended on moral equivalence – that the conservatives holding a “coming out” event was somehow a direct vicious attack on gays, such that any response by the left was somehow appropriate.

    To which I respond, liberal “intellectuals” are not all that far away from the spirit of the terrorists (who feel the same way), and of course given a William Ayers liberal intellectuals pretty much already ARE terrorists.

    It is truly amazing the the university is the home of the worst and most rabid intolerance in America, even as it self-rigtheously congratulates itself for fostering the free-exchange of ideas. But liberal “intellectuals” only tolerate liberals, much the way that Nazis only tolerated Nazis.

  9. jermzy@hotmail.sg Says:

    I agree- as a gay, colored, patriotic Republican myself I can tell you that some liberals (I say some so as not to generalize) can be the most intolerant people in the world.Throughout my history as a gay Republican I have faced not only unfair expectations based on my sexuality (“You should be a liberal because liberals don’t hate gay people”) but incredibly condascending and patronizing behavior from liberals who assume I am uninformed, uneducated and that my views are a byproduct of self-hatred and lack of exposure.

    As a matter of fact I grew up in Singapore, an Asian mecha of ethnic culture and was raised without a religion, despite my parents being Christian themselves. I went to an international school where we were tought in the most liberal fashion available (sex ed and drug studies worked under the assumption that we would inevitabley succumb to our temptations). In fact I was a hard-core liberal for most of my Middle School years before I found my love for America and God.

    I chose to be a Republican because my views simply fit the criteria- I now favour small government, protection of unborn lives, respect for religion, the war in Iraq and free gun use. I am just as open minded as any liberal is assumed to be- in fact the vast majority of my friends are liberal. I don’t turn on the TV, see a liberal and decide I hate them. That is not only stupid- it is closing a door on an entire group of people who could (and most likely are) be brilliant people.

  10. Michael Eden Says:

    Thanks for your comment, Jermzy.

    I am a Christian, and I’m sure you know what my belief is regarding homoseuxality (i.e., what the Bible says).

    That said, as someone who lives in the Palm Springs area, I know several homosexuals. And the only ones I can’t deal with are those who want to impose their views on me, my family and my community.

    As a limited government conservative, I’m not out to kick down doors and drag away people doing whatever non-violent activities people are doing in their own homes. I want you to be a happy, successful person who makes his affairs his own.

    It’s interesting how the progression worked: first we were told that children needed to be taught about sex. That started some time in the 1970s, as a result of the out-of-control “sexual revolution” of the 1960s. Which is to say that first liberals poisoned the well, then they offered their own “antidote.” Which then made the problem they created in the first place far, far worse. Conservatives were adamantly opposed to sex ed being taught in public schools, understanding that it would be a way for the hard-core left to interject all kinds of ideas into the minds of children – most especially including the indoctrination of homosexuality in the public schools. The left said that was the stupidest thing they had ever heard. But, of course, that was exactly what happened. Now as a matter of routine homosexuality is taught in the public schools, whether parents want it or not.

    That’s what I am dead-set against: the forced imposition of homosexuality into our schools and our culture – especially by the federal government.

    And now it really doesn’t matter what the people want or what they vote for. There is always an activist judge who is willing to put liberal ideology over and above the Constitution.

    I’m sure I disagree with you on a great many things, Jermzy. But one thing I generally try to do – especially in person – is to practice tolerance. Which is to say I disagree with you, but give you the freedom to be who you are and who you want to be, because I respect you as a human being who has the right of self-determination.

    That’s not the way it is with the left. You SHOULDN’T have the right to think or do things that run counter to liberalism and political correctness. They condition minds; they create thoughtcrime. And they most certainly tell conservatives that we don’t have any right to impose our views, and then they proceed to use the courts and the schools to impose their views day after day.

    It really boils down tot this: if a homosexual REALLY wants to be left alone to do what he or she pleases in the privacy of his/her own home, you should vote Republican. If, however, you truly WANT the government involved with your life and lifestyle, vote Democrat. But please don’t falsely and hypocritically claim to want it both ways.

    Glad that you are voting for limited government.

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