Nearly 2,000 alumni and faculty members from Sen. Susan Collins’ (R-ME) alma mater have demanded the university revoke her most recent honorary degree to “dismantle rape culture.”
Collins received an honorary degree from St. Lawrence University in 2017 – an honorary doctorate of Humane Letters – because she did not vote to repeal Obamacare. But now that she has voted to confirm Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, she lacks “the integrity and commitment to justice that we expect from the St. Lawrence body,” according to a letter signed by more than 1,300 alums.
So, if she does something liberal liberals like, she gets rewarded. If she does something liberals don’t like, she must be punished.
The letter claims Collins should lose the honorary degree “in support of truth and for all of the victims of sexual assault and violence, of which many of her fellow alumni and students have suffered."
The alumni seem to struggle with the meaning of the word “truth,” since none of the sexual assault accusations against Kavanaugh were even close to being proven and, in fact, had more evidence in his favor. No named witnesses could remember any of the parties the incidents were alleged to have occurred, and none of the accusers presented any evidence other than their own claims. So, it is far from “truth” that Kavanaugh did anything untoward.
Collins addressed how she came to her decision to support Kavanaugh in a lengthy floor speech. She made her decision despite death threats and the unhinged antics of the Left. She stood up for truth and basic decency.
Faculty members sent their own letter, claiming, hilariously, that revoking Collins’ honorary degree was not about partisan politics, but would help “dismantle rape culture.” Because, apparently, standing up for due process and rejecting the notion that no woman ever lies about sexual assault and that we must destroy a man’s family and reputation based on a decades-old allegation without evidence somehow promotes “attitudes and behavior that normalize and condone sexual assault.”
"While our campus has come a long way in the years since Senator Collins was a student here to educate the campus population about sexual assault and harassment, and to adjudicate it fairly when it happens, we still have much hard work before us in and outside of the classroom," the faculty said in their letter.
Yes, we do “have much hard work before us” when faculty members claim to want to adjudicate accusations “fairly” while also demanding the university punish Collins for pointing out how unfairly the accusations against Kavanaugh were adjudicated in the court of public opinion.
Collins graduated from St. Lawrence in 1975. She received two honorary degrees thereafter, an honorary doctorate of law in 1998, and the one she received in 2017. The alumni and faculty only want to revoke the latter.