Georgetown President Decries Limbaugh’s ‘Misogynistic, Vitriolic’ Attacks | Georgetown University President John DeGioia rallied behind law student Sandra Fluke in the wake of Rush Limbaugh’s sexist attacks on her congressional testimony on birth control, saying in a strong statement that Limbaugh’s behavior can “only be described as misogynistic.” DeGioia’s statement is unusually pointed for a university president, especially considering that Georgetown is a Catholic institution that has been skeptical of the Obama administration’s contraception rule. Read DeGioia’s full statement here:
[Fluke] was respectful, sincere, and spoke with conviction. She provided a model of civil discourse. This expression of conscience was in the tradition of the deepest values we share as a people. One need not agree with her substantive position to support her right to respectful free expression. And yet, some of those who disagreed with her position – including Rush Limbaugh and commentators throughout the blogosphere and in various other media channels – responded with behavior that can only be described as misogynistic, vitriolic, and a misrepresentation of the position of our student.
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The Georgetown Law faculty has issued its own statement sticking up for Fluke. Her “courage” has been “rewarded with the basest sort of name-calling and vilification, words that aim only to belittle and intimidate,” the signatories write.