Chief Justice Roberts Too Controversial for Butler U.

According to a story on Chief Justice John Roberts’ niece will be graduating in May. Students at Butler began a drive to invite the Chief Justice to speak at the school’s commencement on May 8th, but faculty members have deemed Justice Roberts too controversial.

Think back a year when  Notre Dame invited the newly elected President to speak at their 2009 commencement .  Yes, there was a huge controversy.  While the students were overwhelmingly in support of the President’s appearance, many Catholic Bishops denounced the invitation because it gave a platform to a politician firmly opposed to some of the Church’s values, abortion in particular.  The bishops and other Catholics who protested were doing so on principle.  The University ultimately stuck with the student’s wishes and welcomed the President.

Butler University’s decision seems to have no rationality at all.  The Chief Justice too controversial?   I wonder if what they really mean is too conservative?  This smells like person in the University who put their own ideology above the interest of the students.  Student’s whose parents have forked over a healthy sum of money to have them attend Butler by the way.

There are nine Supreme Court Justices.  It would be an honor for any college to have any one of them address their graduating seniors.  While I would be very excited if Justice Scalia were addressing my daughter’s graduating class.  I would be equally grateful to Justice Ginsberg for giving her time if she was invited.  I would hope that the Butler decision makers would take a step back, put their own ideology aside and reverse their decision to rob their students of the possibility of a once in a lifetime opportunity to be addressed by an American of Chief Justice Roberts’ stature.


About Larry Downes

Son, brother, husband, father, boss, mentor & friend. Believer in unfettered personal liberty. Occasional host on 93.1 WIBC in Indianapolis.

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