Target: Christopher L. Eisgruber, President of Princeton University School of Law
Goal: Obtain a public rebuke and suspension from teaching for Professor Robert George for his anti-gay, anti-trans, and anti-Muslim statements
Professor Robert P. George is an educated man; an intellectual if you will. His C.V. includes a Juris Doctor from Harvard Law School, a Masters in Theological Sciences from Harvard Divinity School, and a Doctorate degree in Philosophy from Oxford University. He is also a tenured Professor at Princeton University, where he teaches constitutional jurisprudence and civil rights. One would expect a man of his intellectual caliber, especially one trained in law and philosophy, to respect the law and its underlying principles, to understand the current civil rights issues of the day, and to reject legally-sanctioned bigotry as contrary to the nature of this country. Instead, Professor George advocates enshrining prejudice in the United States Constitution, funds anti-Muslim extremists, and has sworn to defy the law if it recognizes LGBT families.
Professor George is a founder and chairman of anti-same-sex marriage group National Organization for Marriage, which was instrumental in ensuring the passage of Proposition 8 in California. George is also a board member of Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation, a group that funnels money to anti-Muslim groups such as the David Horowitz Freedom center, whose eponymous leader has defamed one-third of the world’s population as “Islamic Nazis” bent on destroying all Jews. He is also one of the authors of the Proposed Federal Marriage Amendment, which would enshrine hatred of gay couples and families in the Constitution, as well as the Manhattan Declaration, a document signed by many conservative faith leaders, whose signatories pledged to resist to the point of civil disobedience against any legislation that might require their churches or affiliated organizations to recognize LGBT families.
George does not mince words: he has called homosexuality “beneath the dignity of human beings” and has stated that New York’s recognition of same-sex couples means that all marriages the state issues are now “counterfeit”. Most recently, he has labeled California’s efforts to protect transgender students as “nonsense” designed by sinister forces to get Californians to “throw another moral principle to the ground”. George then called on parents to resist allowing children to use the bathroom of their identified gender, and implied both that the presence of trans children (who he very clearly stated were not “real” members of their identified gender) was a threat to the safety of other children, and that parents who didn’t oppose trans-friendly policies were not responsible.
Individuals are entitled to their political beliefs, and professors are entitled to academic freedom, but it tarnishes the reputation of Princeton Law, and the legal system in general, when an officer of the court, especially one who makes a living instructing others in constitutional law, actively works to defame and deprive of legal protections marginalized minorities and advocates disregard for the law. How can LGBT or Muslim students at Princeton feel safe when they know one of their professors, wielding power over their grades and futures, views them threats to the nation and seeks their destruction? Please add your name to the petition demanding that Princeton publicly condemn Robert George’s statements and suspend him from teaching.
Dear President Christopher L. Eisgruber
Professor Robert George’s statements about LGBT Americans, and his activities to diminish the civil rights of gay families and Muslim-Americans, are not fitting for a professor of law, especially one who teaches constitutional interpretation and civil liberties. The presence of an unapologetic radical committed to denying LGBT and Muslim Americans at Princeton is unacceptable. Professor George’s presence as a teacher and figure of power on campus will discourage Muslin and LGBT applicants, impacting campus diversity, and his very public actions against their basic rights intimidates those students already enrolled.
Professor George’s activities are outrageous, and unsuitable for Princeton. It is a black mark on your school’s reputation to have a professor who opposes, and actively seeks to limit, the civil rights of others. I demand that Princeton Law disavow all of Professor George’s bigoted statements and efforts to deny others civil rights, and suspend him from teaching.
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