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Meet @BridgetteDunlap, Fordham’s Campus Commissar of ‘Human Rights’

Posted on | February 15, 2013 | 37 Comments

“Ms. Dunlap, 31 … was raised a Catholic and was educated at parochial schools”
(Photo: Michael Nagle, New York Times)

You may recall this week I wrote an item called “Why Does @BridgetteDunlap Want to Suppress the Truth About Abortion?” describing a misguided effort to intimidate those who had written about the abortion-related death of Jennifer McKenna Morbelli. I closed that post by wishing Bridgette “good luck with your career as a commissar in the Thought Police.” Little did I realize Dunlap had already established quite a name for herself in that regard.

In November, College Republicans invited Ann Coulter to speak at Fordham University, where Dunlap is “Crowley Scholar in International Human Rights at the Leitner Center for International Law and Justice.” Apparently, this is the kind of sinecure that entitles the “scholar” to engage in radical mau-mauing wherever her fanatical obsessions are involved.

The College Republicans caved under pressure and disinvited Coulter — thus providing Fordham CRs valuable experience in the cherished Republican tactic of caving under pressure — but the campus radicals, no more satisfied than Hitler had been with the cession of the Sudetenland, decided to take it a step further: Demanding reparations merely for the school having entertained the possibility that Coulter might be permitted to speak at Fordham:

Though the College Republicans withdrew the invitation to Ms. Coulter in light of the outcry from their peers, the problem remains that the University was willing to allocate over $10,000 to this event even while denying funding to other student and departmental initiatives featuring speakers or topics with which it disagrees. We appreciate your statement distancing the University from Ms. Coulter’s hateful rhetoric and defending free speech and academic freedom. . . .
We would like you to explain how the decision was made to allow the College Republicans to use student activity funds to pay for the Coulter event while denying the use of such funds for other purposes deemed not to be in keeping with the University’s mission. For example, we understand that student groups may not use their budgets for the productions of the Vagina Monologues mounted by Fordham undergraduates each year to raise funds to combat violence against women. Along these same lines, Fordham’s anti-abortion club receives funding while pro-choice advocacy is censored. Why are these forms of student expression and association denied support while the Coulter event was not? Is pro-choice advocacy or the Vagina Monologues more inconsistent with the University’s mission than Coulter’s hate speech you rightly decry? Are they less entitled to respect in the free exchange of ideas in the Academy? . . .

This angry manifesto was written and circulated by Fordham Law professor Tracy Higgins and — you guessed it — Bridgette Dunlap.

At the time, William Jacobson at Legal Insurrection wrote:

A group of law professors at Fordham Law School exchanged high-fives over Coulter’s departure, then quickly segued into demanding that the University fund the Vagina Monologues, pro-abortion groups, and other oppressed, um, minorities at Catholic universities on the theory that if the University was willing to fund Coulter’s “hate speech,” it should fund the feminist agenda even if contrary to Catholic teachings.

Fordham is a Catholic university and somehow, in the twisted pretzel logic of Commissar Dunlap and Comrade Higgins, permitting student funds to be used for College Republicans to invite Coulter to campus — an invitation the mau-maus forced the CRs to withdraw — means that the Jesuits are obligated to fund Eve Ensler’s obscene farce in the name of “the free exchange of ideas.”

This is a concept that a friend of mine long ago dubbed “diversity through homogenization”: Radical egalitarianism requires that all institutions be equally diverse, so that traditionally all-male institutions must be forced to accept females, each university must have a certain quota of left-handed Latina lesbians, and so forth. This rigid insistence on universal conformity to the dogma of “diversity” is the mindset that led to the death of Kara Hultgreen and the ritual humiliation of Lawrence Summers at Harvard.

You will perhaps not be surprised to learn that Bridgette Dunlap staged a Sandra Fluke-style protest over the refusal of Fordham’s campus health center to prescribe contraceptives. Students at Catholic universities must be provided the exact same things that are provided to students at secular schools or else, to the radical egalitarian way of thinking, someone’s “rights” have been infringed.

This is a totalitarian worldview and the fact that a neo-Stalinist commissar like Bridgette Dunlap is honored with a scholarship in “human rights” at Fordham is an obvious clue as to what manner of indoctrination now prevails in American academia. 

Professor Jacobson responds to Dunlap’s threats to sue Jill Stanek and others who have reported on the Jennifer Morbelli case:

The legal accusations are frivolous.
If late-term abortion is defensible, why try to hide the reality that there are names and faces and lives destroyed [?] . . .
It’s not an esoteric law school discussion.
Defend the practice if you can, but don’t deny it. Or try to silence it.

As the Coulter controversy showed, Dunlap and her comrades are able to silence the truth at Fordham. Totalitarians are nothing if not ambitious: “Today the campus! Tomorrrow the world!”

UPDATE: How is it, Matthew Archbold of the Cardinal Newman Society wondered back in July, that Catholic schoolgirls grow up to be anti-Catholic Daily Kos contributors? Dunlap invoked her days as “a first-grader in plaid” while accusing Bishop William Lori of lying, and denouncing American bishops as “extremist, lacking in compassion and disconnected from our values.”

Clearly, Dunlap’s first-person possessive — “our values” — refers to the values of progressive feminists for Obama, i.e., MSNBC viewers.



37 Responses to “Meet @BridgetteDunlap, Fordham’s Campus Commissar of ‘Human Rights’”

  1. Mike G.
    February 15th, 2013 @ 7:35 pm

    Got a solution for the Lesbian Bitch Dyke…How about you get your fugly ass out of a Catholic University and go to a secular school where your views might be more tolerated.

    Diversity my ass.

  2. Adjoran
    February 15th, 2013 @ 8:16 pm

    This is one of Pope Benedict’s failures, IMHO. He began making strides with the Catholic universities, and the American Bishops are closer to being, like, Catholic, more than ever in the last 60 years or so, but the process began in such a deep hole that incrementalism cannot succeed.

    Fire the administrators and Board members who condone actions contrary to Catholic teaching, and reassign any who are priests or nuns to monasteries and convents serving the poor. Act like you mean business.

  3. Wombat_socho
    February 15th, 2013 @ 8:16 pm

    So much crap in the stables, so little time…

  4. Kyle Kiernan
    February 15th, 2013 @ 8:27 pm

    Along this same theme of PC amok, the attempt to crush DC comics into dumping Orson Scott Card deserves a look.

  5. john cunningham
    February 15th, 2013 @ 9:05 pm

    for Commissar Dunlop, the next step is equal justice for deaf lesbian Eskimoes and epileptic bulldyke gymnasts.

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  7. Evi L. Bloggerlady
    February 15th, 2013 @ 9:24 pm

    Miss Dunlap needs a good old school Catholic nun knuckle ruler rapping. But to put it in a progressive context that she might understand, the Lenten safe word is “repentance.”

  8. Evi L. Bloggerlady
    February 15th, 2013 @ 9:27 pm

    Ender’s Game is a great novel.

  9. DaveO
    February 15th, 2013 @ 9:29 pm

    The purpose of Dunlap, and Fluke, and thousands of others serving under the titles of student or staff is not education but to agitate against the Church by attacking its members at their most vulnerable stage: freshly away from parents and home Church/parish, wanting to fit in (survive), and isolated.
    Complete corruption of the adult child is desirable, but any corruption is acceptable.
    Folks used to sneer when Falwell and Robertson and Dobson spoke out on spiritual warfare. Looks like the Roman Catholic Church will soon find itself without its American branch as it is inseperable from the Progressive Movement and the Democratic Party. Looks like the evangelicals, today’s Social Conservatives, were spot on then.

  10. DaveO
    February 15th, 2013 @ 9:34 pm

    One would think Card’s Progressive bona fides would insulate him.
    One can’t hate just one thing and not another – to run with the Progressive herd, you have to trample everything you run across.

  11. K-Bob
    February 15th, 2013 @ 9:36 pm

    I saw that. They keep playing hardball with single targets. They claim he’s “anti-gay,” but he’s never made any statements where that’s evident.

    If I had known he was writing Superman, I would have been buying issues. Probably not to read, though. Not enough time.

  12. K-Bob
    February 15th, 2013 @ 9:39 pm

    “Crowley Scholar,” eh?

    Would that be Aliester Crowley, by any chance?

  13. K-Bob
    February 15th, 2013 @ 9:41 pm

    I think Card is a lot more like a neo-con than a progressive, although there is some overlap.

    Kind of like that Whole Foods guy.

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    February 15th, 2013 @ 10:07 pm

    […] Her name is Bridgette Dunlap, she is 31, and is Campus Commissar of “Human Rights” at Fordham A.K.A. FU, which pretty much sums up her feelings about anyone who wants to speak any disagreement to Leftism. A certain infamous blogger has already crossed paths with her […]

  15. The Catholic Dana
    February 15th, 2013 @ 10:10 pm

    Remember: the lovely Miss Dunlap isn’t a student; she is a professor and employee of Fordham University. An individual student can have been admitted without conforming to Catholic values, a la Sandra Fluke — or the administration even knowing what a student believed – but a professor and employee is someone they chose to hire! If this is what she is teaching at a Jesuit school, it is the fault of the Jesuits who hired and employ her.

  16. Paul Zummo
    February 15th, 2013 @ 10:26 pm

    The Pope doesn’t have quite the authority in these matters that you think or I wish that he has.

  17. Paul Zummo
    February 15th, 2013 @ 10:28 pm

    Fordham is a Catholic university

    Correction: it is a Jesuit university. The two terms are no longer synonymous. Take it from someone who attended a Jesuit high school and had to find out what the Church actually teaches later in life.

  18. Christy Waters
    February 15th, 2013 @ 10:52 pm

    Feminism is a form of self-hatred for women. This woman is just as insane as those confined to a padded room… I wonder who the guy was.

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  20. Christy Waters
    February 16th, 2013 @ 12:44 am

    Some good news on the abortion front, for a change… much to the chagrin of Bridgette Dunlap.

  21. jsn2
    February 16th, 2013 @ 4:42 am

    The guy was Chris Dorner.

  22. SDN
    February 16th, 2013 @ 10:38 am

    Link to Professor Jacobson on Dunlap’s threat to sue is returning 404 error

  23. SDN
    February 16th, 2013 @ 10:40 am

    He retains the authority, through excommunication and termination of employment, to stop people from falsely presenting themselves as Catholic while retaining any position in the Church.

  24. SDN
    February 16th, 2013 @ 10:41 am

    Two minds with but a single thought…..

  25. Christy Waters
    February 16th, 2013 @ 10:47 am

    An article about reducing the number of abortions gets a dislike? Wow, that’s telling.

  26. Chris Wysocki
    February 16th, 2013 @ 11:29 am

    Perhaps this little joke will explain Fordham’s position.

    A layman walked up to a Franciscan and a Jesuit and asked, “How many novenas must I say to get a Mercedes Benz?” The Franciscan asked, “What’s a Mercedes Benz?” The Jesuit asked, “What’s a novena?”

    Fordham isn’t Catholic. Not in the sense that you would expect, anyway.

  27. Adjoran
    February 16th, 2013 @ 3:26 pm

    He has enough, if he should choose to use it.

  28. Adjoran
    February 16th, 2013 @ 3:29 pm

    Try this one:

  29. Bob Belvedere
    February 16th, 2013 @ 3:55 pm

    ‘Do What Thou Wilt’ shall be the whole of the Commandments.

  30. Bob Belvedere
    February 16th, 2013 @ 3:56 pm

    When there’s a Bolshevik found in any Catholic institution, chances are they were appointed by a damn Jesuit.

  31. Bob Belvedere
    February 16th, 2013 @ 3:58 pm


    It is the Jesuits who have been the main promoters of the Leftist Super Force that is seeking to destroy The Church from within. They should have been suppressed, once and for all, back in the 1950’s when they began recruiting homosexuals to the priesthood [the Truth that dare not speak it’s name in any discussion of the Priest Pedophilia Scandals].

  32. Andrew Patrick
    February 16th, 2013 @ 5:57 pm

    I keep hearing this, but I went to a Jesuit University (St. Joseph’s), and that was where I was finally persuaded of my faith. Those priests must have been the outliers.

  33. Andrew Patrick
    February 16th, 2013 @ 6:00 pm

    It is a plain fact that most American Catholics have no interest in the teachings of their church, moral or otherwise. They are Americans first, and Catholics second. In a nutshell, Episcopalians who pretend to care when a Pope visits or dies.

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  36. Wagonwheel
    February 17th, 2013 @ 12:53 pm

    No mention whether or not Ann Coulter exhibits Catholic values. Obviously, she does not, else those who invited her hang their heads in shame, then race to Confession.

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    February 17th, 2013 @ 3:35 pm

    […] Radical progressive, anti-Catholic Bridgette Dunlap has stated that the family of Jennifer Morbelli  could sue Jill Stanek for exposing the case – a situation wherein a doctor neglected to care for her patient, who then died after a botched abortion.  According to Dunlap, who is giving thirty-one year-old lawyers named Bridget(te) a bad name, this is “intentional infliction of emotional distress” or “invasion of privacy.” […]