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Religion and Sexuality-Academic Freedom

Religion and Sexuality-Academic Freedom - Questioning...

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Questioning Society Freedom has been one of the fundamental freedoms that our country had treasured for all of its history. As Americans we hold certain key values, most of which have been immortalized in our Bill of Rights or some other sacred document of US heritage. Freedom has also been a vital and indispensable asset to our growth of knowledge. Academics have long had to fear persecution or reprisals from the community, often times fearing for their jobs and in extreme cases even their lives. But without pioneers and willful objectors, academia would have stalled in the Stone Age. We could have lost theory of evolution had it not been for John Scopes. We may still have thought that the world was flat had it not been for Copernicus. But the greatest teachers, like Scopes or Copernicus, know what true knowledge is. They know that it is not just the mindless retention of learned facts or ideas, but rather the knowledge to challenge that which is accepted, that which is unquestioned.
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