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Opinion | Rhodes should respectfully ignore campaign to get Supreme Court Justice removed from college’s hall of fame | Otis Sanford

ABC24 political analyst and commentator Otis Sanford shared his point of view on a petition to strip Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett of an honor at Rhodes.

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Like many Americans, I am no fan of Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett. Or to be more precise, I am not a fan of her judicial philosophy – or many of her decisions since joining the court replacing iconic Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Plus, the way she was rushed through the confirmation process in just 30 days to get ahead of the 2020 presidential election was a shameful moment for the U.S. Senate.

And yet, I believe officials at Rhodes College, where Barrett received an undergraduate degree, should respectfully ignore a campaign to get her removed from the college’s hall of fame. An online petition drive contends Barrett violated the college’s Honor Code by lying to the senate when she said the 1973 Roe vs. Wade decision was settled law.

Of course, we know that Barrett was among six justices who overturned the Roe decision – eliminating a constitutional right to an abortion.

Certainly, Barrett’s statements to the Senate were misleading. But so was the testimony of Justice Samuel Alito in 2006 and Justice Neil Gorsuch in 2017 – both of whom implied they would be hesitant to overturn Roe. Should Yale University take away Alito’s award of merit? And should Columbia University strip an honor given to Gorsuch? I think not.

Everyone has a right to disagree with the court, but taking away their college honors based solely on their rulings is a bit much.

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