Oxford students call for professor’s removal over alleged not nice opinions

Students at Oxford University are demanding that a Catholic law professor be sacked for alleged homophobia.

Nearly 400 students have signed a petition calling for John Finnis to be removed from teaching, citing a “a long record of extremely discriminatory views against many groups of disadvantaged people” including the LGBT+ community.

…His Collected Essays, published in 2011, include an assertion from a paper published in 1994 that homosexuality is “never a valid, humanly acceptable choice and form of life”. It is “destructive of human character and relationships”, he wrote, because “it treats human sexual capacities in a way which is deeply hostile to the self-understanding of those members who are willing to commit themselves to real marriage”.

…Migration is another theme in his writing. In a paper published a decade ago, he wrote: “European states in the early 21st century move … into a trajectory of demographic and cultural decay … population transfer and replacement by a kind of reverse colonisation.” He warned of coming “ethnic and religious inter-communal miseries of hatred, bloodshed and political paralysis”.

Finnis, who converted to Catholicism in 1962, has advised the Vatican and mentored the conservative US judge, Neil Gorsuch, who Donald Trump appointed to the US supreme court in 2017.

Whoa, heterosexual, Catholic, white, that’s 3 strikes, interesting though that he was discussing the Great Replacement a decade ago.