Pledging Allegiance to the New McCarthyism, by Randall Smith

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*Image: Turkeys (Les Dindons) by Claude Monet, 1877 [Musée d’Orsay, Paris]

By Randall Smith, The Catholic Thing, Nov. 16, 2021

Randall B. Smith is a Professor of Theology at the University of St. Thomas. He is the author of Reading the Sermons of Thomas Aquinas: A Guidebook for Beginners and Aquinas, Bonaventure, and the Scholastic Culture of Medieval Paris: Preaching, Prologues, and Biblical Commentary (2021). His website is:

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Randall SmithImagine it is 1955 and professors at major Catholic universities are asked to write a “solidarity statement eschewing all association with Communism and affirming their commitment to America and American values, including free-market capitalism.”  Imagine faculty members were asked in addition to specify how they would personally inculcate those values in their classrooms, mentorships, research with students, and in all other areas of their professional life?  Imagine that it was additionally made clear that this “request” was coming from the Office of Academic Affairs and the Provost’s Office and that their solidarity statements were being offered to help faculty members get started on their own.

What an outrage there would have been!  “Fascists!  This isn’t the America we fought two world wars to protect.  These are the things we fought two world wars to protect ourselves from!” …