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Digging into Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan’s past as dean of Harvard Law School has revealed a pattern of promoting and praising radical proponents of the homosexual agenda.
But a look at the faculty she invited, hired and promoted at Harvard reveals a cast of radicals so controversial, even Kagan joked in introducing one that they are “the kind of professor[s] for whom tenure was created.”
Among those welcomed to teach at Harvard under Kagan’s eye included:
The openly “gay” Professor William B. Rubenstein, a former litigator for the American Civil Liberties Union, who directed precedent-setting cases aimed at securing homosexual “rights,” and who at Harvard established classes focused on, in his words, “bisexuality, trans, genderf— … polygamy, S&M [and] the sexuality of minors”;
Visiting Professor Catherine MacKinnon, a radical feminist known for declaring that “all sex, even consensual sex between a married couple, is an act of violence perpetrated against a woman”;
Professor Janet Halley, who Rubenstein refers to as “the country’s single most interesting and provocative queer law scholar” and who, he attests, refers to herself as a “gay man.”
Kagan served as dean of Harvard Law School in Cambridge, Mass., 2003-2009, where she oversaw curriculum development and new faculty appointments.
One organization in Massachusetts, however, is criticizing the former dean’s record on appointments, accusing her of “unprecedented activism” in pushing homosexuality and transgenderism as civil rights.
Mass Resistance contends, “Kagan’s record while dean of Harvard Law School demonstrates her agreement with the goals of the radical ["gay," lesbian, bisexual and transgender] movement and her solidarity with those activists.”
“Kagan’s celebration and active promotion of the radical homosexualist and transgender worldview has profound implications,” the group argues. “As a Supreme Court Justice, she could be expected to overturn traditional law and understandings of family, marriage, military order and even our God-given sex (what transgender radicals call “gender identity or expression”). She is a most dangerous nominee who must be opposed by all who care about religious freedom, the preservation of marriage and traditional values.”
Professor Rubenstein, however, was among those homosexual activists encouraged by Kagan’s presence as dean at Harvard.
In a speech entitled “My Harvard Law School,” Rubenstein declared that “I didn’t just come out at Harvard, I learned how to be gay at Harvard,” but lamented how in the early 1980s the law school’s professors kept their homosexuality “in the closet” and the library didn’t have books or records on “gay” law cases.
“And yet Harvard Law School itself has not retained many of its alienating features of old,” Rubenstein said, fast-forwarding his memoir to the 2000s. “My own classmate Elena Kagan is now dean. … Most importantly, Harvard’s faculty now includes the country’s single most interesting and provocative queer law scholar, Janet Halley.”
Kagan, in fact, paved the way for Halley by abdicating the traditional dean’s role of filling Harvard’s oldest professorship chair, elevating Halley to the position instead.
“In the very act of occupying this historic chair,” Kagan said in a speech introducing Halley, “Janet will transform it. … Throughout her career, Janet has engaged a range of provocative and even taboo subjects with enormous intellectual verve. … She is whatever the opposite of complacent is.”
Kagan provided an echo to those words during her 2005 “State of the Law School” address, which was delivered in the midst of the controversy over the ban on military recruiters:
“This law school did not get to where it is by being complacent,” she said. “I want to especially say this week whatever our sexual orientation, we can fulfill all our hopes and all our ambitions for this institution.”
Now Mass Resistance is among those groups concerned that Kagan, if confirmed by the Senate, will turn her non-”complacency” into activism on the Supreme Court.
“Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan is committed to the radical campaign pushing acceptance of homosexuality and transgenderism as ‘civil rights,’” Mass Resistance wrote in a report on Kagan’s record. “Her unprecedented activism supporting that view as dean of Harvard Law School calls into question her ability to judge fairly and impartially on same-sex ‘marriage’ and other homosexuality- or transgender-related issues that may come before the nation’s highest court.”
Kagan’s track record on several issues has prompted WND’s Joseph Farah to launch a two-pronged campaign to block the nominee’s appointment to the Supreme Court.
“Kagan is not what Americans want and she is not what the country needs,” the letter reads in part.
“I urge everyone to sign the petition and take part in this easy, simple, effective and inexpensive campaign to bombard the Senate with opposition to this nominee,” said Farah.
The letter campaign is based on previously successful efforts in which nearly 10 million “pink slips” were delivered to members of Congress opposing nationalization of health care, cap-and-trade legislation, hate-crimes laws and other bills, as well as the current campaign to stop amnesty in the U.S. Senate.