The Tennessee Conservative [By Jason Vaughn] –
A Rhodes College alumni group is circulating a petition calling for the school to strip Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett of her place in the school’s “Hall of Fame.” They are pushing for this because of Barrett’s recent vote to overturn Roe v. Wade.
Rhodes College Alumni for Reproductive Rights drafted the petition and forwarded it to Jennifer Collins, the school’s president, and Richard Adams, the Director of Community Standards. Three alumni are listed as original authors of the petition: Rob Marus (’97), Katherine Morgan Breslin (’98), and Kimberly Pillsbury Steele (’98).
The group claims that Barrett’s testimony in the Senate confirmation hearings and her “judicial decision-making process” are a violation of the Rhodes Honor Code.
According to the petition, “In each of the categories above, Justice Amy Coney Barrett’s adherence to an originalist interpretive methodology of constitutional textual analysis (as reflected in her scholarly legal articles) appears to be at odds with statements she made to the United States Senate.”
Barrett responded to a question asked by Senator Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota during her Senate confirmation hearings and stated that Roe v. Wade is not super-precedent.
“To define cases that are so well-settled that no political actors and no people seriously push for their overruling. And I’m answering a lot of questions about Roe, which I think indicates that Roe doesn’t fall in that category,” stated Barrett.
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The petition says that Barrett was misleading in the way she responded to the question.
“It was, at best, disingenuous of Justice Barrett to admit that she did not believe Roe to be a ‘super-precedent’ yet then suggest that did not mean the case ‘should’ be overruled, despite clearly adhering to a legal philosophy that would obviously lead her to rule against Roe,” the letter reads.
The group claims that Barrett is a threat to the fundamental rights of Americans.
“And we believe that Justice Amy Coney Barrett is one of the biggest current threats to our fundamental rights, the stability of our nation, and our democracy. Moreover, as Rhodes alumni who have pledged the same fealty to truth, loyalty, and service as she did, we find her actions to be a clear – and perhaps history’s most destructive to date – violation of the Honor Code we all hold dear.”
The letter continues, “Simply being one of our most famous alumni is not sufficient reason for the College to continue honoring someone thus who has very publicly breached the most fundamental Rhodes values. Therefore, we respectfully request that Justice Barrett be removed from the Rhodes College Hall of Fame based on the above violations of the Rhodes Honor System.”
About the Author: Jason Vaughn, Media Coordinator for The Tennessee Conservative ~ Jason previously worked for a legacy publishing company based in Crossville, TN in a variety of roles through his career. Most recently, he served as Deputy Director for their flagship publication. Prior, he was a freelance journalist writing articles that appeared in the Herald Citizen, the Crossville Chronicle and The Oracle among others. He graduated from Tennessee Technological University with a Bachelor’s in English-Journalism, with minors in Broadcast Journalism and History. Contact Jason at news@TennesseeConservativeNews.com