Conservative students at Lutheran college live in terror after being ‘violently threatened’ by liberal peers

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Call this a prime example of what passes for “tolerance” from the Borg-like collective known as the modern American left.  On Tuesday, the Daily Caller reported that conservative students at St. Olaf College, a Lutheran liberal arts school in Minnesota, are living in abject fear and terror after reportedly being “violently threatened” by liberal students, who seem to make up the vast majority of the student body.

According to the Daily Caller:

Not only are they outnumbered, as 80 percent of the college voted Democratic in the last presidential election, many have been violently threatened by college neighbors.

The Daily Caller cited the Manitou Messenger, which said:

Of the 12 students interviewed by the Manitou Messenger, several have been violently threatened because of their political beliefs, and almost all of them feel as though they can’t speak up about politics on campus – in class, online or with their friends. …

On the night of the election, a student in the Pause threatened to beat up [College Republicans President Emily] Schaller, calling her a “f***ing moron.” Over the next couple of days, she overheard multiple students threaten to hurt the next conservative or Republican they saw. Vice President of St. Olaf College Republicans Kathryn Hinderaker ’19 had a similar experience.

“I think one of the hardest things was, the second day, I went into Buntrock and someone yelled from the bottom, ‘if you voted for Trump, you better be f***ing scared.’ Everyone clapped and applauded,” Hinderaker said. “Obviously, it didn’t feel super safe.”

“The week around the election, right after, I could not go to class. I didn’t feel safe, I actually went home for awhile,” former student Katie Ivance said.  According to Ivance, the hate continued online.

“People were saying [things] like ‘F-you’ and ‘I wish you were dead,’” she said.

Ivance left the college and transferred to the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities, citing harassment.

Keep in mind the College Republican chapter didn’t even endorse Trump and refused to phone bank for him in the general election.  But that doesn’t matter.

The Manitou Messenger added:

In response to St. Olaf’s predominantly liberal campus, many conservative students choose to stay under the radar for fear of being cast out and misunderstood by their peers.

“A lot of people said the characteristics of the candidates were the characteristics of the voters,” Dawson Kremlacek ’20 said. “Conservatives didn’t want those labels. They didn’t want to be viewed differently.”

As a result, students will self-censor during class, even in discussion-based courses.

“I’m fine being political with a one-on-one discussion,” Larson said, “but when everyone else is liberal in the class … I keep my head down.”

But at least one student has a different opinion.

“While many people here will treat you differently if you come out as conservative or libertarian, I really don’t want anyone to get the idea that we’re some oppressed minority group in need of special attention,” student Adam Kaiser said, according to the report. “That would not only be plain incorrect, but also it engages in the same identity politics that already make it so hard to have constructive conversations about challenging issues. The solution shouldn’t be trying to protect conservatives from people and situations that would challenge them. I’d rather the college redirect any efforts that way towards promoting actual debate on issues.”

And to give you an idea of just how far left this college swings, consider this from the College Fix:

Minneapolis alt-weekly City Pages notes that the St. Olaf administration invited the former Communist Party USA candidate Angela Davis to speak earlier this month (without noting her controversial past), and it renamed an arts building after sexual harassment allegations against its namesake -a dead professor – were made.

Maybe they should rename St. Olaf to something a bit more fitting, like, “Stalin University.”

In February 2011, I first said that liberalism, at its core, is an ideology of rage and hate.  Sadly, liberals prove that assertion correct on just about any given day.


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