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07/21/2014

Legal profession made up of ideologues, demands legal ideologue

by Jeremy Hooper

Screen Shot 2014-07-21 At 1.42.24 Pm-1 Mat Staver is a conservative activist. That's not my allegation; it's just what he is. He doesn't really deny it, which is good, since it's not up for discussion. As the head of the Liberty Counsel, regular conservative pundit and speaker, and author of books like Same-Sex Marriage: Putting Every Family At Risk, it would be pretty much impossible for him to deny his advocacy for socially conservative causes.

Mat Staver is also a dean an professor at Liberty University School of Law. When it comes to point-of-view teaching, you would be hard pressed to find anyone who'd put any other law school above Liberty. That school, again by its own admission, operates from a theologically-driven, right-of-center ideology.

Which is why I find this quote truly stunning:

"The legal profession, particularly in the legal academy and the law schools, has long ago lost the concept of the rule of law," [Mat Staver] laments. "It's just driven by ideology. In fact, most law schools have left-leaning ideologues as professors and faculty. And so I take every one of their opinions with a grain of salt."
[SOURCE: ONN]

The truth, of course, is that the legal profession, writ large, does not have a "left-leaning" bias. Most of what Mat Staver perceives to be a bias, particularly when it comes to LGBT people, is simply basic fairness. Which is why many of the judges who have sided with equality were themselves appointed by Republicans: fairness is a bipartisan affair.

But what is stunning to me is not Mat's insistence that LGBT support and the like makes up a "left-leaning ideology," which was a given. Instead, it's his condemnation of what he sees as ideology-driven legal training/practice when he himself is someone who teaches, advocates for, collects a paycheck from, and forcefully pushes an ideologically-driven version of law and legal training! What nerve of him to knock the overall legal body as being some sort of skewed wheel when he is in the driver's seat of one of the most forcefully spun houses of point-of-view lawyering in the nation! Even if there were the problem that he states, he is someone who is trying to do exactly what he claims to hate, just from another perspective.

I swear, the lack of self-awareness and/or shame that sustains the "values" movement is something that must be experienced to be believed!

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