Friday, April 12, 2002
This story about a Nebraska football coach being rejected for a job at Stanford because of his religious beliefs has been much noted. (For example at OpinionJournal's Best of the Web.) But I don't think anyone's noticed the frank Orwellianism of the justification given for rejecting him. Here's the key paragraph:
"(His religion) was definitely something that had to be considered," said Alan Glenn, Stanford's assistant athletic director of human resources. "We're a very diverse community with a diverse alumni. Anything that would stand out that much is something that has to be looked at. ... It was one of many variables that was considered."
So, if I understand this right, to maintain a diverse community you have to be sure not to include any people who stand out much. Diverse, then, is a synonym for homogeneous. Nice for them to admit it, finally.