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The natural progress of things is for liberty to yield and government to gain ground. —THOMAS JEFFERSON, 1788

College orders construction crew to remove sexist ‘men working’ sign

Don’t sweat the small stuff, the wise man counseled. Er—make that “wise person.” Or “wise other.” Or something.

National Review Online reported on Monday:

A construction crew working on the campus of Ohio’s Sinclair Community College was forced to halt work until it removed a ‘Men Working’ sign that was deemed ‘sexist’ by a college administrator. A spokesman for the college told National Review Online that the incident … stemmed from the school’s ‘deep commitment to diversity,’ and that it takes that commitment ‘very seriously.’

Mental health professionals take “commitment” very seriously, too. According to Cincinnati CBS affiliate WKRC the work crew was comprised entirely of men, meaning the sign was accurate if not politically correct. But the more important issue is whether the cost of the delay outweighs the benefits of assuaging some administrator’s self-righteous indignation over a trifle.

The answer appears to be yes and no. Notes NRO:

In the wake of the incident, the school acknowledged its request may have been over the top, but stood by its commitment to diversity, saying in a statement that, ‘while it may not have been necessary to suggest that work be stopped, Sinclair stands by its commitment to providing an environment that is inclusive and non-discriminatory.’

Translation: Making a federal case over trivialities may be nonsensical, but we will defend to the death our right to do it.

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Howard Portnoy has written for HotAir, NewsBusters, Weasel Zippers, Conservative Firing Line, RedCounty, and New York’s Daily News. He has one published novel, Hot Rain, (G. P. Putnam’s Sons), and has been a guest on Radio Vice Online with Jim Vicevich, The Alana Burke Show, Smart Life with Dr. Gina, and The George Espenlaub Show.

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