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Why do we need a secular right blog? Well for one thing, because institutional religion, and religious institutions, are all too often cheerleaders for the multicultural Left. Case in point: Providence College. From a friend:

Congressman Tom Tancredo will be making an appearance at Providence College today at 4:30 PM vigilant in his goal of visiting campuses and discussing topics such as immigration and cultural assimilation. He has been invited to the school by the new conservative group called Youth for Western Civilization that was founded in late 2008.

The administration initially barred Tancredo because YWC was not yet recognized. However, when a recognized group offered to host Tancredo, they claimed his views “directly contradict” the Bishop of Providence Thomas J. Tobin. Bishop Tobin agreed with the school’s position, stating he “supports a robust debate of the immigration issue, but hopes that the debate will be productive and respectful, while avoiding inflammatory rhetoric that unfairly stereotypes groups of people and further divides our nation.”

This is in spite of the fact that in the past Providence College, a devoutly Catholic institution, has allowed virulently pro-choice speakers on campus such as Senator Ted Kennedy of Massachusetts, and this past fall the most pro choice member of the US Senate, Senator Shelden Whitehouse of Rhode Island was allowed to speak on campus.

“The hypocrisy is overwhelming,” says Tancredo. “I think the school is more concerned with the God of Political Correctness than the Church’s teaching.”

Tancredo plans on speaking specifically about the issue of cultural assimilation and for effectively dealing with the problem that illegal immigration poses to the United States of America.

This is on the heels of a violent protest by radical leftist protestors at the University of North Carolina where Tancredo was assaulted and forced to exit the campus for his own safety. Arrests have been made and the school has officially apologized to Tancredo for the breach of free speech that occurred.

According to Tancredo: “I respect Providence’s status as a private religious institution, but I hoped they would be more tolerant of conservative views on immigration than the radical left wing protesters at UNC.”

After the address to YWC off the campus near the front gates, Tancredo will give another speech to Youth for Western Civilization and Rhode Islanders for Immigration Law Enforcement at the Euart VFW Post in Pawtucket, Rhode Island.

Former Presidential Candidate and Congressman Tom Tancredo represented Colorado’s Sixth Congressional District for ten years before stepping down in 2008. He founded and chaired the 100+ member bipartisan Immigration Reform Caucus. He currently serves as chairman of Team America PAC, president of the Rocky Mount Foundation and honorary chairman of Youth for Western Civilization. Tancredo’s national political reputation has risen and his name is being mentioned as a possible candidate in the 2010 election races in Colorado.

[Emphasis added by me. — JD]

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  • TrueNorth · April 29, 2009 at 5:46 pm

    I don’t know who first said it but it has been noted at National Review quite often that all institutions that are not explicitly conservative tend to become liberal over time. Apparently, even some institutions that do start out explicitly conservative tend to trend leftward eventually too.

    But why? Is this an intrinsic phenomenon that afflicts organizations in general? It seems to run counter to the folk observation that as people get older then tend to become more conservative, on average. Perhaps it is all some Gramscian plot that Marxist puppet-masters are orchestrating behind the scenes, though that seems a bit far fetched. I certainly wouldn’t put it past them to try it though.

    Whatever the explanation, it is frustrating. It seems that all our successes are transient and all the Left’s advances are essentially permanent.

    My own view on the reason is that conservatives basically work within the System and respect its rules whereas liberals do not. They are out to change the System and they are often successful. What they leave behind for the conservatives has become the new System that cannot be radically changed, but merely tinkered with.

    I think after Obama is done wrecking the country it might be a good opportunity for conservatives to start thinking in a way that does not come naturally to them: as revolutionaries. Perhaps that is the only way it will be possible to dismantle the mess that Obama leaves behind. Obama has Alinsky’s “Rules for Radicals”. We need a handbook on “How to Dismantle a Welfare State”.

  • Roger Hallman · April 29, 2009 at 8:07 pm

    Wait a minute…Mr. Tancredo is the head of Team America PAC? Really?!? Do these guys ever consult Google or the Urban Dictionary before they pick names?

  • Ploni Almoni · April 29, 2009 at 9:27 pm

    Mr. Derbyshire asks and answers:

    Why do we need a secular right blog? Well for one thing, because institutional religion, and religious institutions, are all too often cheerleaders for the multicultural Left.

    The answer quoted above actually answers the question, “Why do we need a Religious Right blog?”

  • johnw · April 30, 2009 at 5:43 am

    None of the above. You need a secular right blog because the Religious Right has taken over the Republican Party to the extent that that “Right” has come to mean “religious whackjob”!

  • Miles White · May 1, 2009 at 7:48 pm

    The Religious Left is the reason why we need a Secular Right in this country. There is no political opponent I consider more dangerous.

  • Ronduck · May 6, 2009 at 4:16 pm

    The reason this Catholic college will let Ted Kennedy speak is because he is for open borders with Catholic Mexico, whereas Tom Tancredo cannot speak because he is against the Mexodus.

    For a group of people supposedly devoted to “rational thought” you sure do seem to miss the obvious.



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