George Washington University rejects call to fire Clarence Thomas

While Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas is beloved by most conservatives, he has become an object of hate for many leftists.

An example of that was on display this week when some students at George Washington University called for him to be fired from his teaching position there. 

According to the Washington Examiner, the petition was created in response to a Supreme Court decision that found abortion is not a constitutionally protected right. Posted to Change.org, it reads,

With the recent Supreme Court decision that has stripped the right to bodily autonomy of people with wombs, and with his explicit intention to further strip the rights of queer people and remove the ability for people to practice safe sex without fear of pregnancy, it is evident that the employment of Clarence Thomas at George Washington University is completely unacceptable. While also factoring in his wife’s part in the attempted coup in January of 2021, Judge Thomas is actively making life unsafe for thousands of students on our campus (not to mention thousands of campuses across the country). Make your voice heard and help us kick Clarence Thomas out of Foggy Bottom.

Yet as National Review contributor Charles C.W. Cooke noted in a tweet on Tuesday, the university sent out an email to students which rejected calls for Thomas’ removal.

The email made clear that George Washington University “will neither terminate Justices Thomas’ employment nor cancel his class in response to his legal opinions.”

It went on to say that “the robust exchange of ideas” is considered “an essential part of our university’s academic and educational mission to train future leaders.”

Jonathan Turley is a constitutional law professor at George Washington University, and expressed satisfaction at seeing the petition rejected.

“For many of us in teaching at various schools, these cancel campaigns have become a constant, looming threat,” Turley told the Examiner. 

“The GW petition reflects a growing intolerance and orthodoxy that is sweeping across universities,” he continued. “It is gratifying to see GW standing firm on free speech and academic freedom.”

“Yet the rising intolerance on America’s campuses will not be halted until faculty and students affirmatively fight for greater diversity of viewpoints and values,” Turley concluded.

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