A group of 45 professors at Belmont University in Nashville have signed a letter targeted at the university’s latest hire: former U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzalez. Although the letter does not mention Gonzalez, the three tenets of the letter (opposition to torture and the death penalty, and an affirmation of Constitutional law) in coordination with it timing, suggest the move was made with Gonzalez in mind.
The letter repeats the Belmont mission statement, contains the following intro, and then outlines the three positions from above:
We write today to state firmly our position on crucial issues that are a part of the community’s conversation and reflection. Belmont University welcomes diverse opinions and perspectives as part of our goal to provide an academically challenging education and to create a community of intellectual exchange. We honor the tradition of academic freedom and the freedom of all of our community’s members to use discernment to determine their perspectives and actions.
That said, our community also seeks to be a place of courage, particularly courage to stand for the “least of these.”