The college at which Justice Clarence Thomas teaches law will not yield into a petition seeking for his removal as an adjunct lecturer.
George Washington University on Tuesday indicated it will not boot Thomas, who last week joined in the Supreme Court verdict that reversed the Roe v. Wade ruling, according to The Hill.
“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 college wrote in a letter to students.
“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,” the letter said.
The letter does indicate that the beliefs Thomas voiced do not represent those of the college.
The petition objected to Thomas’s concurrence and his comment inside his concurring opinion that the court should reexamine the 2015 case that legalized same-sex marriage, a 2003 ruling about anti-sodomy legislation and a 1965 ruling concerning government control of contraception.
“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,” stated the petition, which has obtained more than 7,000 signatures.
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“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,” the petition said.
Jonathan Turley, a legal scholar at George Washington University, said the college did the right thing. CONTINUE READING…