This is a political post. I promised to warn people in advance of these things, so please remember the rules and feel free to stop reading now.
Through an associate’s degree, a bachelor’s degree, and a master’s degree at three different schools, including several humanities and philosophy classes, not one teacher tried to convince me that God did not exist or was “dead”. No one (teacher or student) tried to recruit me to the communist or socialist party either (to my knowledge). In fact, I can think of no religious or political group that showed the least bit of interest in me except the Christians. There was a steady stream of invites to bible study, prayer groups, etc.
Now, I had long ago parted ways with church life (I rejected that at the age of 10), so this made for many awkward conversations as I explained that I had nothing against God, but did not believe in organized religion or public worship.
They would let me know that I was exactly what they wanted to create a lively discussion and that the groups were more about friendship. These are, if you have looked into this at all, exactly the way they claim people were lured into communist groups. I’m not saying that their goal was nefarious, so much as saying that the techniques used are pretty much the techniques anyone uses to get you to join a group.
My left-wing leanings came much later than college, and in part as a result of conservatives tying themselves so closely to public displays and proclamations of their exclusivity to Christianity and patriotism. I cannot be a member of their club unless I agree to their terms, and so I align with the rabble on the other side, in which 10 people have 10 different opinions. It is a disorganized mess, but at least I get to be me.
So I was not indoctrinated into liberalism, in college or otherwise. I emerged from college as a Republican, and was active in the party for several years. I came to liberalism because there was no room for me to be me as part of the Republican party. I don’t consider my views to be radically different than they were in college, but the party I once belonged to is radically different.