New York University Law School has found a new visiting Professor of Human Rights. Dr. Li-ann Thio, a professor at the National University of Singapore, will be teaching Human Rights Law during the Fall 2009 semester as a Global Visiting Professor of Law at NYU.
The problem with Thio teaching human rights? She doesn't believe in them for everyone.
Anal sex is like shoving a straw up your nose to drink.
This is who will be teaching human rights at NYU?
Much more, including video, after the jump...
Outrage at NYU
The announcement of Thio's visitorship has sparked outrage from the NYU community, including OUTLaw, NYU Law's LGBT student group, as well as caused a heated debate among the law professor community around the country. Students, professors and alumni have asked administration to rescind Thio's invitation.
What backwards thinking at a major university makes it okay to have a Human RIghts Professor who so openly and vocally opposes human rights by advocating for keeping homosexuality criminal with such statements as:
You cannot make a human wrong a human right.
That's some lesson for her students.
One has to wonder if they would make someone with such outspoken bigoted views about another minority a Human Rights Professor at their school. Maybe Professor David Duke is next? One IT professional, Malik Graves-Pryor, that works at NYU Law (and who is also a student) drew the same conclusions in a letter he released to the administration:
As an African-American man working in the LawITS department, and simultaneously a student at NYU, I could never imagine the day would come when NYU would allow the appointment of a legal scholar who held the opinion that African-Americans practice acts of "gross indecency", that African-Americans who strive for diversity should be rebuffed because "diversity is not a license for perversity", describing the private intimate acts between African-Americans as trying to "shove a straw up your nose to drink", among other intellectually and morally shallow absurdities.
Suffice it to say I could not imagine your defense of Professor Li-Ann Thio being made regarding a legal scholar who was an avowed supporter of the KKK, or one who publicly and legally sympathized with the violence and vitriol espoused by Al-Qaeda, for example.
This provoked quite the response from Thio, who apparently doesn't like being called out on her bigotry.
1. I am a little tired of the torrent of abuse and defamation that I have been receiving, and blatant emotive misrepresentations of my position. I was going to stay above the fray but given this insidious attack on my academic reputation (aside from many ad hominem insults), I feel I must cast some clarity on certain issues.
Her defense? She doesn't hate gay people, just gay people getting rights:
c. My objection is not to gay people; it is towards the nature of the homosexual political agenda and the vicious and degrading tactics of some activists. I say "some" because there were gays in Singapore who (a) agree that homosexuality should not be mainstreamed or coercively taught as having moral equivalence with heterosexuality as a social norm) (b) disagree with me but reject the tactics of insult and death threats.
See? Gays can be "perverse" as long as they stay in the closet and it remains illegal. No political involvement for those "straw up their nose" sex perverts.
Funny how someone who says the most outrageous things about gay people and actively campaigns to keep them from having human rights is now calling for a "civil discourse":
We do not tolerate such self-righteous intolerance in Singapore. At stake is genuine academic freedom and civil discourse. Who is the oppressed and who is the oppressor in this context? Or does an unrelenting hubris occlude the ability to see the truth of things in different contexts?
Perhaps Thio should turn that mirror back on her own "self-righteous intolerance."
It's also a bit hypocritical to ask for "academic freedom and civil discourse", yet decry a student having a completely valid and well-thought out opinion about her background.
The Students are Speaking- By Not Signing Up for Her Classes
Thio's future could be determined not by the administration, but by the student themselves.
It seems that her classes are incredibly undersubscribed. She is scheduled to teach two classes: Human Rights in Asia, capped at 45, and Constitutionalism in Asia, which is capped at 25 students. As of now, the first class had received only nine bids after the first round of bidding, and the second received five. Both could now be canceled.
Human Rights groups are also starting to threaten boycotts of NY recruitment events.
So where does this leave Dr Thio? Hopefully with plenty of time to examine her "expertise" in human rights and without a platform at NYU.
By bringing Dr. Thio to NYU, the Law School is acting in opposition to its own policy of nondiscrimination and undermining its commitment to advancing human rights world-wide. This is a step backwards in the Law School's longstanding support of the LGBT community.
Video of Thio's Speech Supporting the Criminalization of Gay Men
Here is video of Thio's Speech (in 3 parts) in support of 377A.