The Puritans left Britain for the United States in the 17th century, but their 21st-century secular successors have a growing influence back in the motherland, and the Prime Minister is concerned. Inside Higher Education reports on Theresa May’s comments condemning the influence of PC campus purists:
Britain’s prime minister on Wednesday criticized “safe spaces” in universities, saying she finds the concept “quite extraordinary,” The Guardian reported.
“We want our universities not just to be places of learning but places where there is open debate which is challenged and people can get involved in that,” Theresa May said during a weekly session in which the prime minister answers questions from members of parliament. “I think everybody is finding this concept of safe spaces quite extraordinary, frankly. We want to see that innovation of thought taking place in our universities.”
“That’s how we develop as a country, as a society, and as an economy, and I absolutely agree with my honorable friend,” May said in response to a question posed by a conservative member of parliament, Victoria Atkins.
American universities have played a larger role in developing the new PC ideology and vocabulary than British ones. But cultural globalization has ensured that there are now young academic activists demanding trigger warnings and safe spaces across the Anglosphere.
Kudos to the Prime Minister for repudiating this destructive tendency to quash free debate. Ideological stigmas and taboos should be the domain of the church, not the Ivory Tower.