Georgetown Professor Rebecca Kukla’s Message to Catholics: “Suck My Giant Queer Cock!”

Seriously.  She said it.  We don’t make things like this up folks. 

Just like last year when SFS Professor Abdullah Al-Arian compared Jews to ISIS terrorists (ironic considering Abudullah is the son of an actual terrorist enabler, Sami Al-Arian, who the Department of Justice prosecuted and later deported for aiding and abetting terrorism), or when Sociology Professor (could it be any other department?) Michael Eric Dyson stated Obama was the second coming of Jesus Christ, we enjoy letting the words of our professors speak for themselves.  

We do so again today and mark a historic (we assume) moment in the history of TGA, because we suspect never before have the words “Giant Queer Cock” appeared in this august institution’s pages.

For background, there was a Society for Christian Philosophers conference recently where one speaker committed perhaps the gravest of all academic sins: repeating Church teaching on the subject of homosexuality.  It was too much for some people, and in the aftermath the (in)tolerant left-wing liberals who make up most of academia freaked out.  They complained and demanded an apology.  Then they started attacking the conference speaker and his supporters on Facebook.  And it wasn’t respectful disagreement either, but involved a lot of swear words and insults, and recommendations that non-LGBTQ folks start performing oral sex on LGBTQ folks.

The latter suggestion was courtesy of Georgetown’s own Rebecca Kukla who during the resulting pile-on said of Catholics and Christians:

“Those douche tankards can suck my giant queer cock.”  

Full story breaking the news is here, but we heard it from The American Conservative’s Rod Dreher who blogs about it here and here and informs us of the Georgetown angle, which includes a screenshot . . .  

From Dreher:

Kukla not only teaches philosophy at Georgetown, a putatively Catholic university, but is also editor in chief of the Kennedy Institute of Ethics Journal and Public Affairs Quarterly. She is the senior researcher at Georgetown’s Kennedy Institute of Ethics, which, according to its website, believes that “a morally complex world needs practically engaged ethics.” The Kennedy Institute of Ethics wants you to know that is “the best of Georgetown in its commitment to conversation for the common good.” Which I guess is why its senior researcher wants Richard Swinburne’s defenders to suck her giant queer cock.

Though we’ve been dark since last semester and because of the heat others have taken on various TGA-inspired efforts, such as reviving Utraque Unum (sssh! . . . don't tell Billy, he might get upset) or starting new right-leaning campus publications (not us, but friends), or getting a Chicken Madness sandwich elected to GUSA (success!), we thought we would poke our heads out when this story came to light.

The reason is because we know The Hoya likely won’t cover it since it doesn’t promote the liberal narrative and there is no conservative to bash and trash.

We also bring it up because we suspect the Georgetown administration probably won’t do anything either since the intolerant hater in question is on the left side of the culture wars, and we all know universities like Georgetown are supposed to provide people like “xir” safe spaces and sanctuary while keeping out and maintaining hostility towards those on the right.

This sad affair is just another reminder that when it comes to the Oppression Olympics, you can more or less do anything, no matter how rude or inappropriate, so long as your target is someone considered more “privileged,” which is not defined as actual privilege, but simply having the wrong skin color, sex, sexual orientation, or religion, which at least in this case, means being white, male, heterosexual, and Christian. 

Now, if the shoe were on the other foot and it was a Christian straight male employee telling, say, a queer anti-Catholic female to go ahead and suck his big giant cock, well, we have no doubt President Jack DeGioia would immediately make a formal statement condemning the man; the head of Campus Ministry would send everyone a letter firmly stating “THIS IS NOT WHO WE ARE!”; CSE and CAPS would mobilize and offer “support” to any students traumatized by the whole incident; the Philosophy department and Kennedy Institute of Ethics would open a joint investigation looking into the matter; GU Pride members would rally in Red Square and accuse publications like TGA of creating a hateful climate in which hate crimes occur even when they don't; GUSA would pass a condemnatory resolution and hold a moment of silence; both The Hoya and The Voice would write editorials calling for the professor to be suspended if not removed from campus; and ultimately, after a few University-sponsored symposiums and teach-ins and a lot of public hand-wringing, there would be a reallocation of funds, perhaps in the form of new identity group mafia programs or yet another administrator, because tuition isn’t high enough already.  

Oh yeah, and the administration would fire the employee.

But since the shoe is not on the other foot, and Rebecca Kukla happens to be female, apparently identifies as queer, and is a proud and vocal radical leftist, she will be protected and probably get a pay raise and teaching award.  Any tenured faculty member or old, enervated Jesuit in Wolfington Hall who speaks out against her will be quickly swatted down or taken aside and told to keep quiet.  Those closeted conservatives on the faculty already know to keep their mouths shut until they get tenure lest they be outed as non-liberal and discriminated against.

Anyways, we have some questions for the Philosophy department and the Kennedy Institute . . .

Georgetown’s mission statement reliably informs us the University is “Catholic and Jesuit,” and “was founded on the principle that serious and sustained discourse among people of different faiths, cultures, and beliefs promotes intellectual, ethical and spiritual understanding.” 

And in the Faculty Handbook under the section on “Professorial Conduct,” under the subheading “Religious Tolerance,” it says “[f]aculty members have a responsibility to respect the religious beliefs and practices of all members of the Georgetown community, and to recognize and respect that Georgetown University is a Jesuit university that is committed therefore to Catholic principles and religious values.”

At the same time, under the subheading “Private Speech and Action” the Faculty Handbook says “. . . a Faculty member may be held accountable by the University for his or her private acts only as they substantially affect teaching, research or University service.” 

So . . .

Question #1:  Does Professor Kukla publicly telling her colleagues, students, and anyone else who agrees with Church teaching on homosexuality that they should “suck my giant queer cock” comply with Georgetown’s mission statement and standards of professional conduct?  In other words, do her actions contribute to respectful and sustained discourse on matters of religion within the Georgetown community?

Question #2:  We suspect someone telling another person out of the blue and outside the proper context to perform oral sex on them could be considered sexual harassment or threatening behavior, particularly if it is said in anger and in a way meant to dehumanize the person to whom the words are being directed.  If some faculty or students are traumatized by Professor Kukla’s demeaning sexual language and henceforth feel unsafe in her class or unsafe around her when she's on campus, or if they feel they’ll be treated unfairly and subject to further sexually derogatory insults simply for being faithful Catholics and expressing their views, does that substantially affect her ability to teach all members of the Georgetown community, treat them equally, and perform the University service for which she is paid handsomely?

Question #3:  If Professor Kukla were a heterosexual conservative Catholic male telling a queer liberal anti-Catholic female to suck his actual cock, and was not, as it is in this case, a queer liberal anti-Catholic female telling a heterosexual conservative Catholic male to suck her non-existent cock, simply because of a disagreement over Church teaching on homosexuality, would Georgetown remain silent as it is currently doing?  

Question #4:  What steps, if any, will Georgetown take to address this matter to ensure a safe, non-threatening environment for students and faculty, one which doesn't allow for University employees to use sexually derogatory language towards others just because someone follows the teachings of the Catholic Church, of which Georgetown is a member?

For comment we’ve reached out to Professor Kukla (email her), who works in the Philosophy department under Chair William Blattner (email him), who himself works for the Dean of the College, Chester Gillis (email him).  Kukla is also the senior researcher at Georgetown’s Kennedy Institute of Ethics, which is headed up by Maggie Little (email her), and ultimately she answers to Georgetown President Jack DeGioia (email him).  Father Joseph Lingan, S.J. is the Rector of the Jesuit Community (email him), and plays a role in maintaining Georgetown's Catholic identity, as does Archbishop of Washington, Cardinal Donald Wuerl (email him) who provides Church oversight for Georgetown University.

We’ve emailed Professor Kukla and everyone else in the above paragraph and asked them for a response.   You can too!  Just click on the links.

We’ll update this post if Professor Kukla or anyone else responds.