September 21, 2009
Back Inside the Cave: Eyebrows Raised Over Shadows Presented in Boston College Law Prof's Anti-Gay Marriage Ad
In body language talk, raised eyebrows signal surprise and dismay and that's how BC law prof Scott Fitzgibbon punctuates his anti-gay marriage commercial attaching Maine's gay marriage ballot proposition after stating that "homosexual marriage will be taught in public schools whether parents like it or not." /:)
The commercial is now being shown on national television and has raised a few more eyebrows. BC Law Dean Garvey defended Fitzgibbon's right to make the commercial and his right to promote his position as a BC law professor in the ad on Wednesday, September 16th. Text republished on Above the Law with the observation that "if you believe that marriage is a basic civil right, then the issue can transcend the normal bounds of academic discourse." By last Friday, Dean Garvey had joined 70-plus other faculty and administrators (but not Fitzgibbon) in signing this damage control statement:
The undersigned members of the faculty and administration at Boston College Law School feel that it is important to reaffirm our belief in the equality of all of our students. We are proud of the fact that Boston College Law School was one of the first law schools in the country to include sexual orientation in its non-discrimination pledge, and we reaffirm our commitment to making our institution a welcome and safe place for all students, including LGBT students.
Above the Law writes "Fitzgibbon at least tries to stick to the legal issues surrounding the systematic denial of civil rights to gays and lesbians." :-! (Emphasis added) Not. Fitzgibbon also claims that “church organizations could lose their tax exemption." One would think any such lose would be due to gay couples getting married in Maine. Ah, no. See Bob Ambrogi's Controversy Continues Over Law Prof's Anti-Gay Ad for more on the material misrepresentations in the ad.
Fitzgibbon is the co-author of Glazer and FitzGibbon on Legal Opinions: Drafting, Interpreting and Supporting Closing Opinions in Business Transactions, 3rd ed (2008) and numerous articles on business law and legal philosophy including, for example, The Formless City of Plato's Republic: How the Legal and Social Promotion of Divorce and Same-Sex Marriage Contravenes the Principles and Undermines the Projects of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
Some philosopher, Fitzgibbon has conveniently forgotten Plato's Allegory of the Cave.
From Plato's Republic:
A man "is graceless and looks quite ridiculous when — with his sight still dim and before he has gotten sufficiently accustomed to the surrounding darkness — he is compelled in courtrooms or elsewhere to contend about the shadows of justice or the representations of which they are the shadows, and to dispute about the way these things are understood by men who have never seen justice itself?"
I'm pretty sure that he is aware of this. Pretty much every lawyer, doctor etc. are those who have been released by their bonds, but too cowardly to venture further. So they stay and use their knowledge of the
shadows and their "freedom" to manipulate the perceptions of those still bound. This is because they are insecure in finding a place among the enlightened.T hey would rather be king of the blind then to help free the others and there be no king at all. And when we shake are heads at them in disdain, they say oh well, these people like me...
The more knowledge you have the more responsibility you bear. To bad they can't play forever, eventually everyone will see the sun and everyone will know who to blame. I pity your type most among all Mr. Fitzgibbon.
Posted by: AR33 | Dec 30, 2011 4:02:54 AM
What a shame that this obviously intelligent man is putting his gifts to use by working to erode the rights of others. The dean of BC should have made it clear that Fitzgibbon's views were repugnant even though he had the right to say them. (Not sure they should be allowing "BC" to be used in a commercial that doctors the headline of an AP article, though . . . ) Shame on this man for using religion to oppress others.
Posted by: Brandon | Sep 21, 2009 3:19:08 PM