UPDATED: Erick’s write-up on Red State – Peddling Tolerance.
When student Melissa Plyler stood up to address Erick Erickson on Wednesday, she drew a round of applause for her feisty question: “What do you believe defines a feminist?”
The query came after Erickson fielded a number of questions about his blunt opinions on feminism during a question-and-answer session at Mercer University. Students and faculty challenged the Fox News political contributor on a range of topics, mainly involving controversial statements Erickson has made.
The event was a first for Mercer’s Founder’s Day, which has fueled controversy since Erickson, a Mercer alumnus, was invited to be speaker. Responding to an outcry from some students and faculty, the Student Government Association held the question-and-answer session in addition to the traditional Founder’s Day celebration Wednesday morning.
Et tu, Erick?
A student asked about another comment that many people deemed offensive: Erickson’s defense of the Augusta National Golf Club’s ban on women.
“I don’t have a problem with men having all-men events or women having all-women events,” he said. Someone followed up, asking Erickson that if people should be able to do what they want, shouldn’t women be allowed to join men’s golf clubs?
“If men wanted them to be part of it,” he said. “If not, (men) shouldn’t be forced to” include women, he said. Another audience member shouted, “What about African-Americans?”
Erickson replied that racial issues are different from women’s rights because of history and the way black people have been treated in the past.
“We didn’t have hundreds of thousands of people die on the issue of feminism,” he said.
It seems like it would’ve been a fun Q&A to attend.