Socrates said this: “A system of morality which is based on relative emotional values is a mere illusion, a thoroughly vulgar conception which has nothing sound in it and nothing true.”
Everyone reading articles on this website is on the same page, for the most part; so I’m pretty much preaching to the choir. But that quote from Socrates, made so many years ago; thousands of years, is just as relevant today. Morality without an Independent standard is ambiguous. Think about that while reading this story.
Campus Reform has exposed a recently hired professor at University of North Carolina. English Lit professor, Dr. Porco–yes, that is his real name–has been found to have written many sexually explicit poems, including poems about students, that many would find highly disturbing. Here is one example (censorship is my own):
“Who would say No to a gang-bang?
Who would say No to Prof. P**n-T*ng?
Who would say No to my scholarly toungin’?
Thank you fathers for your daughters.”
When contacted, the university claims to have hired Professor Porco because of his “expertise.” According to Janine Lamunno, executive director for university relations: “[He] was hired based on his record of scholarship, experience, subject matter expertise, and references…[W]hile some may disagree personally with the content of an individual’s writings, the content of those writings constitute protected speech.”
Here are several reasons why this is insane:
1. As a state school, the university is funded by taxpayer dollars; so hiring someone that many parents would not let their daughters near seems like a mistake.
2. The hiring of this professor is essentially supporting pornography with taxpayer money.
3. Though Professor Porco’s poems are technically protected by free speech, as Janine Lamunno said, that doesn’t make his employment by the university okay. Invoking “free speech” isn’t like a magic shield that protects you from any consequences.
Think about it; if this happened even 30 years ago, Porco would have been axed immediately. But in our wonderful society of relative morality, who can take him to task? It reminds me of Hollywood’s defense of Roman Polanski. There was a clear–some would say painfully obvious–line crossed, and he was defended to the teeth.
What can we do in a society where morality isn’t grounded in any objective plane? Well, other than ignore what’s taking place, we can actively and vocally object. I’m writing a letter to the University of North Carolina, asking for the termination of Professor Porco. At this point, that’s all I can do; but it means something. Sometimes, despite a feeling of pointlessness, it’s important to push against our morally ambiguous society so they know we’re still here and fighting.