It's been one crazy political season. We have, up to now, endured an onslaught of ads from political parties, candidates, PACs and other "for and against" groups; we have watched as the candidates have risen or fallen in the polls as the result of debate performances. Our heads are spinning with claims and counter-claims from all points of view. Throw in the issues of voter access and voter fraud, add the controversy over gerrymandering and your brain is close to redlining.
But then along came Gallaudet University, that in its infinite wisdom, decided it was inappropriate for the Chief Diversity Officer to have signed a petition that called for the issue of same-sex marriage to be put on the November ballot in Maryland. So inappropriate that they suspended
Angela McCaskill, associated with Gallaudet for 23 years and its first deaf African American woman to earn a PhD from the institution.
It's quite ironic that McCaskill is the university's chief diversity officer, charged with "increasing awareness, facilitating open sharing of thoughts and ideas," so says their website.
Mind you, this petition only sought to put the issue of same-sex marriage on the ballot. The petition took no side in the issue. It is unclear what McCaskill's position is on the issue. And that's perfectly fine. But to place her on leave is perfectly wrong. University President Alan Hurwitz has stated that the university wants to work with McCaskill towards a solution. A solution to a problem the university created. University officials stated that they are considering whether McCaskill's act of signing the petition impacts her ability to do her job, which as I said earlier, is to foster open sharing of thoughts and ideas.
Gallaudet's action was wrong headed from the start. And the delay in reinstating McCaskill only compounds the initial knuckleheaded misstep.
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