In 2000, students
at Iowa State University founded the Cuffs organization to celebrate the
deviant sexual practices of "bondage," "discipline," "dominance," "submission,"
"sadism," and "masochism." Without actually explaining the unexplainable,
it is enough to say that the activities that Cuffs engages in include painful
flogging, leather fetishes, "kinks," and sexual assault. And on Thursday,
the Iowa State Government of the Student Body endowed Cuffs with special
By a vote of 21-9, the student government approved a special printing and
advertising allocation for Cuffs. In the past, Cuffs has been the beneficiary
of thousands of dollars in student body revenue.
Cuffs is symbolic of America's growing decadence. In what is perhaps the
most basic summary of moral relativism ever written, the Cuffs mission statement
says, "We believe that everyone is entitled to determine where their own
personal limits are, to adjust those limits at any time, to withdraw previously
given consent at any time, and to have their limits respected by others."
In other words, there are no limits.
And nothing could more succinctly express the moral confusion of Cuffs than
this line from the Cuffs website: "BDSM [bondage, discipline, sadism, and
masochism] is the polar opposite of abuse." Perhaps in the warped lexicon
of the cultural Left, abuse is defined as the stigmatized inability of a
person to express their "identity" openly. Or maybe abuse means that a person
is oppressed by their adherence to a rigid moral code. Or perhaps it is even
the loving, caring traditional marriage relationship of a man and woman.
The mission statement continues: "We believe that safe, consensual, and non-exploitative
alternate sexual desires are an important, natural, and healthy part of the
sexual orientation of many people, and we support and advocate the right
of every adult to make the sexual choices that are right for them." Since
the group was founded three years ago, Cuffs workshops and seminars have
included "Instructions on Flogging," "Instructions on Spanking, Caning, and
Paddling," "STD Prevention," and "Rope Bondage Workshop."
"It helps members to have groups like this," Cuffs president Harlan "Duane"
Long told his school newspaper. "It shows people they're not alone. I believe
opposition to Cuffs is largely based on misconceptions, and that's only something
that will go away with time as Cuffs is here to educate people more."
Iowa State University is not America's only campus with a club dedicated
exclusively to the most disgusting forms of degeneracy. Columbia University
sponsors Conversio Verium, a "BDSM support and discussion group." Evergreen
State College in Washington has the Queer Alliance, the University of New
York at Albany hosts a club, and so does Oberlin College in Ohio. Nearly
a dozen repulsive student groups meet under the jurisdiction of the University
of California at Berkeley Queer Council.
Under federal equal access laws, colleges and universities that receive federal
funding are required to allow any active student group to become an official
part of the student body organization. Not only are hideous BDSM clubs a
potential campus group; under federal law that governs most of higher education,
there are no limits. Nothing can be done to stop the Ku Klux Klan, heroin
addicts, neo-Nazis or Satanists from forming student clubs. Only three colleges
in the United States are truly independent by their refusal to attach their
identity to federal funding: Hillsdale College in Michigan, Grove City College
in Pennsylvania, and Patrick Henry College in Virginia.
The only way higher education can be saved is if college administrations
-- like Hillsdale, Grove City, and Patrick Henry -- take a firm stand on
principles higher than expressive rights alone. Academia must engage its
students in a forum on character, honor, and decency. Such a stand will cost
colleges their federal funding, but federal higher education funding has
its pretext in socialist grounds in the first place.
The bottom line is that organizations advancing obscenity, disease, pain,
and rottenness in general should not be a fixture of America's higher education
system. But for now -- having forgotten the things of the spirit -- Iowa
State University and all of the other campuses that celebrate animalism are
in abject bondage to the things of the flesh.
Hans Zeiger is a Seattle Times
columnist and conservative activist. He is president of the Scout Honor Coalition
and a student at Hillsdale College in Michigan.