Et Tu St Thomas? Et Tu?
Posted by feww on October 10, 2007
A déjà vu of THE POWER OF THE ISRAEL LOBBY IN THE U-S: University of St. Thomas Bans Desmond Tutu
Dear Father Dease and Dr. Rochon,
We are members of the School of Law faculty […] University of St. Thomas […] We urge you to reconsider this decision and to join in inviting Abp. Tutu to speak in the Twin Cities.
In general, the appearance at UST of a Nobel-Peace-Prize winner, a major figure in the nonviolent movement against apartheid, would be a magnificent opportunity for the University community. Although the conference at which Abp. Tutu would speak is sponsored by an outside group, without a doubt his appearance here would benefit UST students, faculty, and staff, and enhance the University’s reputation as a place engaged in dialogue with figures of international distinction. We are distressed at the rejection of this opportunity, and especially at the rationale that the administration has publicly asserted: that the University should not host a speaker who, in comments on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, has said things that are offensive or “hurtful to members of the Jewish community.” Read more…
October’s 30 pieces of silver go to Father Dease and Dr. Rochon!
UPDATE [October 11, 2007]
UST president, Father Disease, says he made wrong decision, [returns the 30 pieces of silver to Israel Lobby for a promise of gold coins] and invites Tutu to campus:
“I sincerely hope Archbishop Tutu will accept our invitation. I continue to have nothing but the utmost respect for his witness of faith, for his humanitarian accomplishments and especially for his leadership in helping to end apartheid in South Africa.”