Skip to comments.Law professor threatens lawsuit against ‘discriminatory’ single-sex dorms at Catholic U.
Posted on 06/21/2011 3:09:45 PM PDT by NYer
WASHINGTON, D.C., June 21, 2011 (LifeSiteNews.com) - George Washington University Law Professor John Banzhaf has made a career out of filing lawsuits, and now hes taking aim at Catholic Universitys new single-sex dormitory policy.
Banzhaf, whose license plate reads Sue Bast, short for Sue the Bastards, has made a name for himself by bringing legal action against those whom he calls the bad guys.
Among this group have numbered fast food companies that he holds responsible for the nations obesity crisis, a military academy that would not admit women, dry cleaning establishments that charge more for womens clothing, and now, the Catholic University of America, for attempting to stem the tide of the hook-up culture by banning co-ed dormitories.
John Garvey, the universitys new president, announced the new policy in a Wall Street op-ed piece last Monday.
Garvey said he believes the decision will assist the university in its mission of instilling virtue in students by combating binge drinking and promiscuous sexual behavior.
My wife and I have sent five children to college and our youngest just graduated, he wrote. Like all parents, we worried about the kind of people they would grow up to be. We may have been a little unusual in thinking it was the college’s responsibility to worry about that too.
According to Banzhaf, however, the new policy violates the D.C. Human Rights Act, an anti-discrimination law in effect in the District since 1977.
Banzhaf told Inside Higher Ed that while the Act contains a business necessity exception, the exception cannot be appealed to in the case of a policy that is based on the stereotyped characterization of one group as opposed to another.
He claims that Garvey was relying on sexual stereotypes by citing the promotion of virtue and the reduction of drinking and sexual activity as justification for his decision.
The policy also does not have to disadvantage one group in order to be considered discriminatory, says Banzhof.
Suppose a university decided that there would be less racial tension if all the blacks were in a black dorm, all the whites were in a white dorm, he said. Each one is, quote, getting their own dormitory, and maybe some of them would be happier that way. But surely no one would suggest that its lawful.
The universitys public relations told LifeSiteNews.com that it has not received service of any legal proceedings from Professor John Banzhaf regarding the Universitys plan to phase in single-gender residence halls.
However, it said that the university, is confident that the law does not require men and women be housed together in residence halls.
Banzhaf told the news service yesterday that a notice of his intent to sue was in the mail to the university, and had been sent via email to two Catholic trustees and members of the Academic Senate.
Ive won more than 100 of these cases under the D.C. Human Rights Act, he said.
As I recall, the D.C. so-called “Human Rights Act” is the law that makes it impossible for decent people to get rid of gay marriage in the district. This shyster belongs in jail with John Edwards.
Wouldn’t you just love to banish guys like this to North Korea?
“First thing we do, is kill all the lawyers.”
His license plate should read “Scum Bag”.
First glance I thought that said “dud active.”
If you laid all the lawyers end-to-end on the bottom of the ocean.
That idea is looking better all the time.
Counter-sue the mf bastard! He has not interest in the welfare of this nation.
The one left would sue for unlawful waste dumping in the ocean.
This jerk probably has a lawsuit going to stop businesses and institutions from having separate restrooms for men and women.
Pretty sad, though, that a Catholic university wound up with coed dorms to begin with.
Why the heck is he worried about CU’s policy? It’s not HIS school.
He apparently didn't read Mr. Garvey's article. It made quite clear that the problem was with BOTH the men and women, and it made sense to keep them apart, since neither obviously were responsible enough to share dorm space.
Most Catholic colleges have had coed dorms for years. It's one reason why our daughter chose Ave Maria University. None of that silliness there.
The only “bad guy” here is this piece of lickspittle himself.
Reminds me of the one about the tiger walking through the jungle licking up elephant droppings - he just ate a lawyer and was trying to get the taste out of his mouth......
Where does he get standing?
Is it still ok for homosexuals to have their own dorms?
And I thought it wasn’t possible to loathe lawyers more than I already do.........
All that I have heard or read about Ave Maria tells me that it is a most blessed institution.
Our daughter has received a very good education there. We are pleased that the school promotes reason along with Faith. She not only knows what the Church teaches, but more importantly WHY.
Thanks for the posts and pings!
So..this jerk has a tenured, paid position, at George Washington University, to harass the competition at Catholic University across town? (both schools are in DC)