Following last week’s Supreme Court ruling to overturn Roe v. Wade, as well as Justice Clarence Thomas’ concurring opinion that questioned other unenumerated rights, leftist ideologues in academia, Hollywood, the media, and politics have gone on the warpath against the black conservative jurist.
Some leftist students demanded that George Washington University, where Thomas teaches a constitutional law class, remove Thomas from his honored position, but the school just flatly rejected that call, Axios reported.
The class will not be canceled, employment will not be terminated
A student-led petition calling for the removal of Justice Thomas from George Washington University was launched in the wake of the Supreme Court’s reversal of Roe and Thomas’ concurring opinion that looked sharply at other court-determined rights based on the same legal reasoning as Roe, and it has garnered more than 8,000 signatures.
The university responded to that petition on Tuesday with a letter to all faculty and students that rejected the demand to oust Thomas from his teaching position due to their “feelings of deep disagreement” with what had occurred and what Thomas had written.
“Because we steadfastly support the robust exchange of ideas and deliberation, and because debate is an essential part of our university’s academic and educational mission to train future leaders who are prepared to address the world’s most urgent problems, the university will neither terminate Justices Thomas’ employment nor cancel his class in response to his legal opinions,” the letter read.
Academic freedom, and freedom of expression outweigh hurt feelings
The missive acknowledged that the university did not stand in agreement with Thomas’ opinion, but nonetheless defended the ideals of “academic freedom and freedom of expression and inquiry.”
It further pointed to the school’s guidelines on academic freedom, which state in part that “It is not the proper role of the University to attempt to shield individuals within or outside the University from ideas and opinions they find unwelcome, disagreeable, or even deeply offensive.”
As such, the letter concluded, “Just as we affirm our commitment to academic freedom, we affirm the right of all members of our community to voice their opinions and contribute to the critical discussion that are foundational to our academic mission.”
“Cancel culture” rejected
Tahmineh Dahbozorgi, a GWU law student and correspondent for Campus Reform, joined Fox News‘ “Fox & Friends First” Wednesday to discuss the university’s rejection of the demand from outraged leftist students to “cancel” Justice Thomas.
“Of course, this has nothing to do with the law school community and has nothing to do with his teaching style or his popularity among law students,” she said. “This is just another cancel culture case motivated by emotional response to something that students just don’t like.”
“I believe a good law school is where students can engage in debate and look at each issue from all angles, because after all, we’re going to be attorneys, and we have to take either side of an issue and zealously advocate,” Dahbozorgi continued. “I’m very happy that our administration has taken such a step to defend academic integrity and freedom of expression on our law school campus.”
“I am an immigrant from Iran and I came to the United States because I wanted to be engaged in a civil debate and conversation without facing repercussions from the government. And, of course, here at George Washington University, I do not want to experience being canceled or see students canceling professors, faculty members, or other students just because they have opposing views,” she added. “So I know I’m not the only person who wants to stand against this trend of cancel culture on our campus.”