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Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Georgetown Law Profs Take A Knee To Protest Jeff Sessions' Appearance On Campus To Discuss Free Speech

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Huffington Post, Georgetown Law Faculty Take A Knee To Protest Jeff Sessions’ Campus Visit:

In what may be a first, a style of protest that started in the NFL has spread directly to ... Georgetown Law.

Faculty members at the prestigious law school took a knee Tuesday morning in dissent of a visit by Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who was on campus to “give remarks about free speech.”

Professors at the school have vociferously opposed the visit by Sessions. In an open letter published ahead of the event, signed by around a third of the law school’s faculty, professors lambasted it as “hypocritical” and “troubling.”

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At least tell us which tax profs were virtue signalling.

Posted by: Anon | Sep 27, 2017 5:10:30 AM

The scope of the Georgetown law professors' protest potentially proves the point of university academics being so one-sided and closed minded politically that others' free speech is being inhibited either in self-defense because less powerful speakers (students) know that these people take their political beliefs as being sacred gospel or they indoctrinate students with that "gospel" through their politicized interpretation of what they teach as well as the offhand comments that are sometimes dropped. I find the display pathetic and also worship the principle of free speech and dialogue. And, for God's sake, I have never met anyone who has not displayed a degree of hypocrisy defined as the inconsistency between what they say and what they do. The problem is that we tend to be unaware of our own hypocrisy--such as evidenced in the "Georgetown knee".

Posted by: David | Sep 27, 2017 7:04:03 AM

"Faculty members at the prestigious law school took a knee Tuesday morning in dissent of a visit by Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who was on campus to “give remarks about free speech.”"

Free speech? Is this the same Jeff Sessions whose Justice Department is prosecuting a woman for laughing during his confirmation hearing?

Posted by: Unemployed Northeastern | Sep 27, 2017 10:30:41 AM

lol seriously??

Posted by: taxtaxtax | Sep 27, 2017 10:46:42 AM

Fascinating. Evidently some of the faculty, at a law school by the way, do not believe that the attorney general of the U.S. should be able to express his opinion, namely that the Justice Department has a compelling interest in protecting the rights of Americans who've literally been beaten down and sent to the hospital at other public universities for merely attempting to express their 1st Amendment rights.

I've gotta say, the Left lost the moral high ground regarding the 1st Amendment when the prior administration spied on and attempted to prosecute reporters for doing their jobs.

This spectacle would be sad if it wasn't so hypocritical...

Posted by: MM | Sep 27, 2017 6:47:50 PM

No worries, UN. Look at the video. Ms. Fairooz should have no problem getting off on an insanity plea.

Posted by: Mike Petrik | Sep 27, 2017 7:29:37 PM

More academics shooting themselves in the feet. Guess they are slow learners.

Posted by: ruralcounsel | Sep 28, 2017 4:07:24 AM

The problem is, by all acting identically, they basically make Sessions' point.

Posted by: mike livingston | Sep 28, 2017 4:25:14 AM

I could care less about the NFL or a bunch of law profs (sorry). But the amazing thing is their lack of understanding of political theater. Trump is president because he understands flyover America. Clearly, the elites in the US don't. I predict more and more future disappointments at the polls for the elites. Simply put, there are more of us dumb asses than elites. Maybe those dead rich white guys were on to something when they formed this country.

Posted by: Dale Spradling | Sep 28, 2017 5:59:06 AM