Both the New York Post and the Washington Times reported the undeniable news of the most disgusting and inexcusable question ever asked a justice of the U.S. Supreme Court – by a law student at Manhattan’s New York University.
But I was unable to find any reporting of this bad news in either the New York Times or the Washington Post. (When these two, as well as the Associated Press, refused to report this undeniable news, there was a serious problem of national censorship.)
In naming law student Eric Berndt as “Knave of the Week,” the Washington Times reported:
On Tuesday afternoon, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia accepted the honor of having the NYU student-run law journal’s 2005 issue dedicated to him. He then proceeded to give his usual speech on constitutional interpretation, while the usual suspects had gathered outside to protest. It was in the question-and-answer period following the speech that Mr. Berndt asked Justice Scalia to explain his dissent in the Lawrence vs. Texas case, which found the state’s sodomy laws unconstitutional. Justice Scalia respectfully answered why he did not did not believe that “privacy” is constitutionally protected, at least as it is understood in Lawrence.
When he had finished, Mr. Berndt asked, “Do you sodomize your wife?”
According to reports, the audience let out a collective gasp, while event administrators quickly turned off Mr. Berndt’s microphone. Needless to say, Justice Scalia didn’t warrant the insult with a response.
And what was the reaction to this outrage by New York University Law School, concerning one of its students who had already completed his undergraduate college education?
Dean Richard Revesz issued a memo to the Law School community in which he expressed “my deep disappointment” about an “inappropriate incident” that was “regrettable” – rather than what he surely should have written, i.e., that this was absolutely outrageous harassment of a guest of this school who is a Supreme Court justice.
Dean Revesz’ statement never identified this law student insulter of Justice Scalia. And more important, his statement never revealed any intent by NYU to expel this law student insulter of a U.S. Supreme Court justice. (“Why on earth not?” is the question that all NYU alumni contributors should be asking.)
Instead, there were merely words from Dean Revesz about his school’s unidentified student asking an “extraordinarily rude, immature and inappropriate question” with “a show of incivility to any individual invited to be a guest of the law school, let alone a Supreme Court justice … offensive and insulting language.”
The Washington Times editorial also noted:
Perhaps Mr. Berndt thought his question was clever. It is almost too debased to analyze, which he did in a thousand-word explanation sent via e-mail to fellow students. Whatever his motivations were for insulting a Supreme Court justice, they apparently spring from being “a member of an oppressed minority,” – yet further evidence that membership in a particular group confers neither wisdom or integrity. At the very least, Mr. Berndt owes an apology to Mrs. Antonin Scalia, who was in the audience.
The Washington Times citation of NYU Law student Berndt was “for owning even less character than he has manners.”
Meanwhile, has anyone heard one word of any regret from New York’s many homosexual organizations – who are so frequently in the media with their comments?