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Francisco Salinas is the Director of Student Diversity and Inclusion at Boise State University (BSU). He is perhaps the most intellectually constipated college administrator working west of the Mississippi and outside of the State of California. Due to his relative obscurity, his mendacity was well hidden until he decided to lash out at BSU Professor Scott Yenor. I am writing today in Yenor’s defense.
The motivation for Salinas’ vicious attack on his colleague was that Professor Yenor decided to write an article in which he criticized feminism in general and gender identity politics in particular. In other words, he decided to provide an alternative point of view in an otherwise fossilized marketplace of ideas. In case you haven’t noticed, diversity and inclusion directors don’t like that sort of thing.
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In contrast, reasonable people read Yenor’s article and find much of it to be axiomatic. In fact, most of his statements about the motivation of the feminist movement are things feminists would readily admit to if simply asked. You can read his article here and decide whether his writing is some kind of outlandish extremism that threatens diversity and must, therefore, be excluded in the name of “inclusion.”
Because it is an unwritten part of his job description, Francisco Salinas could not miss the opportunity to condemn someone for engaging in an act of unauthorized ideological non-conformity. So he wrote a rebuttal called “Connecting the Dots” in response to Yenor’s Daily Signal piece. He then published it on the BSU website. Below are some notable highlights indented and in italics. My comments can be found in between:
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“Folks that contacted me were concerned about the content of the article that they characterized (I think correctly), as derogatory of feminists, the LGBT community and people generally concerned with issues of justice related to gender....
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