The University of Oklahoma College of Law said Brian McCall voluntarily resigned his administrative positions over controversy surrounding his 2014 book, "To Build the City of God: Living as Catholics in a Secular Age," KFOR-TV reported.
What did he say in his book?
“Women must veil their form to obscure its contours out of charity towards men,” McCall wrote in the chapter "Modest Contact With the World: Women In Pants and Similar Frauds," the station said. “To know that women in pants have this effect on men and to wear them is thus a sin against charity as well as modesty.”
McCall also wrote that no woman or girl in his family is allowed, nor desires, to wear pants, the OU Daily reported, adding that he said research says pants on women draw men’s eyes to her “creative sanctuary" and that skirts more effectively allow the “modest restraint” which all women should exude.
“[I]f there is something really impossible to do in a skirt, does this not indicate this is an activity inappropriate for a woman to perform?” McCall added, according to the paper. “A simple test of modest and feminine behavior can be summarized: if you can’t do it modestly and gracefully in a skirt, you shouldn’t do it at all.”
The Daily noted that McCall — who had served as associate dean for academic affairs and associate director of the Law Center — also discussed women in the workforce.
In the chapter, “Authority In the Household: With All My Worldly Goods I Thee Endow,” he noted that women entering the workforce has hurt families financially, lowered the price for labor, and is “another false promise of the devil come to pass,” the paper said.
McCall's views on same-sex marriage also were covered in the book, the Daily reported.
More from the paper:
He said in the chapter “Marriage — It’s Natural: Natural Law Arguments in Defense Of Marriage,” McCall wrote that marriage’s first goal is procreation and that same-sex marriage is “insanity.”
“A society that cannot distinguish between a marriage and a perversion of nature has lost all grip on reality,” McCall wrote in a later chapter.
McCall also said he favors classical education based on theology and philosophy while criticizing today's “think for yourself” education, the Daily said, adding that African-American, women’s, and gender studies are “nonsense subjects” that liberals employ to turn from tradition.
“Why is Dante’s Divine Comedy a classic and not an obscure black woman’s scribbling of a ditty in sub-Saharan Africa?” McCall wrote, according to the paper. “Why is Latin a ‘classic’ language and not Ebonics of South Los Angeles? With such questions as these they long ago ripped Latin out of our ... schools.”
How did the school react?
OU’s Equal Opportunity Office found no evidence of workplace harassment or discrimination after conducting an independent review of McCall, but he decided to resign anyway over backlash from his book, KFOR said.
Dean Joseph Harroz, Jr. issued a statement confirming McCall's resignation, noting on Facebook that “the OU College of Law is a place of inclusion. Beyond ensuring the college is free from illegal harassment or discrimination, the college must prepare tomorrow’s leaders — our students — for the world in which they will serve. It would be a disservice to them if we did not provide an educational experience that presents diverse subject matter, encourages thoughtful conversation and debate, and prepares them to practice in an increasingly diverse world.”
The Daily said it reached out three times to McCall and received no comment.
An interesting twist
While McCall is no longer an administrator, the school on Thursday confirmed to TheBlaze that "he retains his professorship."
Which may not sit too well with others, particularly left-wing students — many of whom these days don't support free speech much less academic freedom afforded to faculty who hold views they oppose.
Reactions on Facebook to the announcement of McCall's resignation were decidedly against it:
- "'A place of inclusion...that presents diverse subject matter, encourages thoughtful conversation and debate...' until some brownshirt in the aptly-named 'Equal Opportunity Office' flags a Catholic academic writing about the difficulties of reconciling secular society with Catholicism in the modern age. I'm sure his resignation was in no way encouraged or suggested, just as I'm sure this will have no impact on the law school's alumni donor numbers. Best step up your glad-handing, Dean Harroz."
- "100% guarantee if he were a Muslim professor who had written something similar you would not have taken this action."
- "The members of the Dean’s 'Committee on Diversity and Inclusion' consists of the presidents of the following associations: Black Law Students, Hispanic American Law, OAWL (advancement of women in law), Outlaw (LGBTQ), Native American Law, and SBA. I’m not sure how represented the voices of Muslim, Jewish, Catholic, and Protestant students are represented. But apparently there is a penumbra in the U.S. Constitution that gives persons the right not to hear things they find offensive that trumps the First Amendment right found in the Bill of Rights."
- "You forced him out of office for having opinions based on his religion. That is wrong. I have a feeling this is going to backfire on you."
(H/T: The College Fix)