Brett Kavanaugh has taken off his Supreme Court robes and made plans to head out to Runnymede, England, 20 miles from London and along the River Thames. He is scheduled to teach a class about the origins of the U.S. Constitution at the George Mason University’s Antonin Scalia Law School — 3,600 miles from the original university.
During his confirmation hearing in the Senate, a woman came forward and testified against him, saying that he tried to rape her during in his drunken stupor. As a result, the debate over whether Kavanaugh should teach this summer showed the deeper shakeup over free speech, political correctness, and sensitivity surrounding the subject.
Right-leaning and libertarian websites have pounced on the debate, claiming that the students were “petulant and their demands as threatening to civil discourse.” The students offered up a petition protesting Kavanaugh’s class. Editor of The Reason Robby Soave wrote:
‘IT WOULD BE A TERRIBLE BLOW TO THE PRINCIPLES OF FAIRNESS AND ACADEMIC FREEDOM IF A UNIVERSITY WERE TO UN-PERSON ONE OF THE FOREMOST JUDICIAL FIGURES IN THE COUNTRY OVER THIS.’
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— Mason For Survivors GMU (@Mason4Survivors) April 4, 2019
The Washington Post reported that one of the students wrote about the university’s Board of Visitors staff meeting, which was s published on the conservative site about higher education, The College Fix.
‘AS A SURVIVOR OF SEXUAL ASSAULT, THIS DECISION HAS REALLY IMPACTED ME NEGATIVELY. IT HAS AFFECTED MY MENTAL HEALTH KNOWING THAT AN ABUSER WILL BE PART OF OUR FACULTY.’
Cabrera defended the decision to bring on Kavanaugh, saying it was not a “crazy appointment” to ask a Supreme Court justice teach a course on the Constitution.
‘I’M NOT SAYING HE’S CLEAR OF THE ACCUSATIONS. I’M NOT SAYING HE DIDN’T DO IT, (OR) HE DID IT.’
George Mason president Angel Cabrera said that the course had been accepted by the law school faculty and the class was sold out:
‘I RESPECT THE VIEWS OF PEOPLE WHO DISAGREED WITH JUSTICE KAVANAUGH’S SENATE CONFIRMATION DUE TO QUESTIONS RAISED ABOUT HIS SEXUAL CONDUCT IN HIGH SCHOOL. BUT HE WAS CONFIRMED AND IS NOW A SITTING JUSTICE. THE LAW SCHOOL HAS DETERMINED THAT THE INVOLVEMENT OF A U.S. SUPREME COURT JUSTICE CONTRIBUTES TO MAKING OUR LAW PROGRAM UNIQUELY VALUABLE FOR OUR STUDENTS. AND I ACCEPT THEIR JUDGMENT.’
A professor asked:
‘WELL, SHOULD WE INVESTIGATE THAT?’
The students who were sitting in the back of the room where the meeting was held snapped their fingers, approvingly.
Twitter world identified with these British students. Check out some of our favorites below: