Justice Clarence Thomas Was Just Canceled From Teaching His Own Class At GW Law School

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In overturning Roe, Justice Clarence Thomas suggested in a concurring opinion that the Supreme Court should revisit certain rulings that have political implications.

In Thomas’ opinion, “in future cases, we should reconsider all of this Court’s substantive due process precedents, including Griswold, Lawrence, and Obergefell.”

“Because any substantive due process decision is ‘demonstrably erroneous,’ […] we have a duty to ‘correct the error’ established in those precedents,” he persisted.

He suggested reexamining contraception and gay marriage decisions by the Supreme Court.

A Roe overturn, according to Thomas, would provide a blueprint for reviewing years’ worth of decisions he claims were “demonstrably erroneous.”

With Roe overturned, racist liberals have set their sights on Thomas, not only because of his beliefs and his vote but also because his wife, Ginni, is very much involved in conservative politics.

It was reported Wednesday afternoon by Fox News that Thomas will no longer be co-teaching the George Washington University Law School’s Constitutional Law Seminar. Despite new information, Gregory Maggs will continue to teach the seminar during the fall semester. An official from the university confirmed the news as well. Thomas has been co-teaching the course since 2011.

In part, Maggs said in an email that “Justice Thomas has informed me that he is unavailable to co-teach the seminar this fall.” In addition, he wrote, “I am very sorry. The seminar has not been canceled but I will now be the sole instructor. For those of you still interested in taking the course, I assure you that we will make the best of the new situation.”

It is suspected that it is related to a petition that was submitted by students at the university, who wanted him removed after voting to overturn Roe v. Wade in Dobbs v. Jackson.

There is more about the petition in the GW Hatchet, which also reported the news. “Thomas’ withdrawal from the course comes a month after more than 11,000 community members signed a petition demanding his removal from GW, but officials declined to remove him from his role after he voted to overturn Roe v. Wade.” The report didn’t mention that the petition did not achieve its goal of 15,000 signatures.

There was language in the petition that included the phrase “people with wombs” and incorrectly referred to the justice as “Judge Thomas” while charging that he is making life dangerous for thousands of college students across the country.

In a letter signed by alleged student leaders, they even claimed to support “academic freedom,” but this isn’t true:

Fifty student leaders penned an open letter last month calling on GW to remove Thomas from teaching after the reversal of Roe v. Wade. Thomas wrote a concurring opinion in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, the case that overturned Roe v. Wade, also calling on the Court to reconsider rulings that protect contraception, same-sex relationships and same-sex marriage.

“Academic freedom means to learn freely and fairly – absent of discrimination,” the letter reads.

According to Townhall “the student newspaper also left out a particularly sensationalized claim from these “leaders,” which was that Thomas stated “that it should be legal to strip his queer students of not only their expression but to allow their existence to be criminalized.””

In reacting to the news, Professor Jonathan Turley, who also teaches at the law school, shared the article from The GW Hatchet, referring to it as a “huge loss.” His tweet suggests that Thomas’ old age and the Court’s full docket may have something to do with it.

An official statement from the George Washington College Republicans (GWCRs), expressed their disappointment with Justice Thomas’ being unavailable, but likewise referenced the justice’s “availability.”

“GW College Republicans is extremely disappointed and worried by the announcement that Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas will not be teaching at GW Law in the fall.

The university has lost a key figure who provides an invaluable contribution to the wide ideological spectrum that the university strives to promote,” it reads. “We recognize that the current reports indicate Justice Thomas made this decision based on his availability, but the uproar from the student body regarding his presence as faculty – and the incessant hostility shown towards conservative students and beliefs on campus in general – is great cause for alarm and must be addressed by the university.

We hope that the university will continue to pursue its mission of academic freedom and ideological diversity with even more fervor in the future.”

According to The College Fix, such a petition also affected the student government. In signing the petition, Christian Zidouemba, president of George Washington University Student Association, requested members not to sign their official titles. In spite of efforts to remove him from office, he remains president.

The university said in June that Thomas would remain an instructor in its constitutional law seminar despite the backlash raised by the abortion decision of the Supreme Court.

“Debate is an essential part of our university’s academic and educational mission,” stated the institution at the time.


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