- The Washington Times - Thursday, October 4, 2018

An associate professor of business at Brooklyn College is facing calls to resign after he issued a “satirical” essay in defending Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh that argued “sexual assault” is a rite of passage for young males.

Mitchell Langbert wrote a Sept. 27 blog post calling Democrats the “party of tutu-wearing pansies, totalitarian sissies” who use have used “anonymity and defamation” in trying to bring down a conservative judge, who strongly denies all allegations of sexual misconduct.

“If someone did not commit sexual assault in high school, then he is not a member of the male sex,” Mr. Langbert argued. “The Democrats have discovered that 15-year-olds play spin-the-bottle, and they have jumped on a series of supposed spin-the-bottle crimes during Kavanaugh’s minority, which they characterize as rape, although no one complained or reported any crime for 40 years.”

The blog post has outraged students, prompting a protest to take place Thursday afternoon. Corrinne Greene said her campus group, Young Progressives of America, wants the professor fired.

“To have someone in a position of power espousing sexual assault is not a joke,” Ms. Greene told CNN. “It’s something that needs to be taken seriously.”

Brooklyn College Provost Anne Lopes said officials planned to meet to discuss the issue, but declined to elaborate, saying the school protects free speech.

“[T]he First Amendment to the United States Constitution protects even speech that many experience as offensive, such as the faculty member’s post,” she told CNN.

Mr. Langbert later revealed that the post was satire and apologized to anyone who was offended.

“I was trying to be satirical, but I guess I’m no Jonathan Swift,” he said. “I appreciated that it may have been in bad taste and I have apologized for that and I will again. I’m sorry people got offended. I didn’t mean to hurt anyone’s feelings or cause them to not feel respected. I honestly didn’t expect them to read it.”

Mr. Langbert also updated his original post to clearly state that it was meant to parody, “in the tradition of Swift’s (1729) ‘Modest Proposal,’” though he continued to defend Judge Kavanaugh.

“Given that it is unclear that Kavanaugh did a thing, the defamation that he has suffered at the hands of the media is a disgrace,” Mr. Langbert wrote in the update. “Intolerance of and defamation of anyone who does not toe the big government line are ongoing threats to freedom. The humiliation that Judge Kavanaugh has suffered is a disgrace. Perhaps more time should be spent on Horace and Swift, and less time on political indoctrination in college.”

Mr. Langbert told CNN that the backlash for the post has resulted in threats of violence, which he turned over to authorities.


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