I was previously a constitutional law and civil rights litigator and am now a journalist. I am the author of three New York Times bestselling books -- "How Would a Patriot Act" (a critique of Bush executive power theories), "Tragic Legacy" (documenting the Bush legacy), and With Liberty and Justice for Some (critiquing America's two-tiered justice system and the collapse of the rule of law for its political and financial elites). My fifth book - No Place to Hide: Edward Snowden, the NSA and the US Surveillance State - will be released on April 29, 2014 by Holt/Metropolitan.

Monday, December 18, 2006

Why does SMU's school of theology hate America?

By Blue Texan

By Blue Texan -- Last month, there was a minor uproar around the reality-based community blogs about leaked plans for the future George W. Bush Presidential Library, the cost of which was reported to be $500 million.

The library's obscene price tag and shady fundraising practices stirred predictable outrage on the left, but I'm all for it. If wealthy Republicans want to throw their money away in a hopeless effort to salvage the reputation of the Great Leader, I say -- the more the merrier. They'll just have that much less to give to Mitt Romney.

Anyway, the three finalists for the library are reported to be SMU in Dallas, Baylor in Waco and the University of Dallas, with SMU considered the favorite (insert Bob Jones University joke here).

But not everyone at SMU, the alma mater of Laura Bush and Harriet Miers, is happy about it. A blog at Texas Monthly obtained a letter to SMU's President, signed by "Faculty, Administrators and Staff " of the Perkins School of Theology contained this bit of unserious defeatism:

"We count ourselves among those who would regret to see SMU enshrine attitudes and actions widely deemed as ethically egregious: degradation of habeas corpus, outright denial of global warming, flagrant disregard for international treaties, alienation of long-term U.S. allies, environmental predation, shameful disrespect for gay persons and their rights, a pre-emptive war based on false and misleading premises, and a host of other erosions of respect for the global human community and for this good Earth on which our flourishing depends."

These people clearly haven't gotten the memo.

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