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Jimmy Carter Awarded Yeshiva University Prize

And nothing bad happened

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Former US president Jimmy Carter.(AMRO MARAGHI/AFP/Getty Images)

After a maelstrom of criticism from Yeshiva University alumni, Jimmy Carter received the International Advocate for Peace Award from Cardozo Law School’s Journal of Conflict Resolution without incident. When Carter was first announced as the award’s recipient, graduate students threatened to block his entrance to the award’s ceremony and Alan Dershowitz issued a routine oratory duel challenge to the former president.

At The Scroll, we, too, noted his laudable outspokenness on gender equality, poverty, the guinea worm, and a host of other issues, but questioned the decision to honor Carter as an unbiased symbol of conflict resolution.

The university rightly recognized the diversity of opinion on the matter though, and the only people outside the event turned out to be five Jimmy Carter supporters who had come to protest any protesters of the event, lest they show up.

Yeshiva U. journal’s honor for Jimmy Carter proceeds without problems [JTA]
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BethesdaDog says:

You mean, nothing GOOD happened.

herbcaen says:

Jimmy Carter was able to leave Bozo School of law and hop on the flight to be in N Korea just in time from Shabbat. Since his award from Bozo school of law was not particularly valuable, he placed it on his checked in luggage on Air Koryo, where it was lost in Pyongyand Airport and subsequently eaten by starving N Korean peasants. He will get a more significant honor in that a N Korean missile will be named after him. Meanwhile, Bozo school of law will plummet in the ranking-who wants to hire an attorney who honors, rather than fights his opponents?

yaakovwatkins says:

it should be noted that apparently YU has made “Academic Freedom” more important than the 613 mitzvos. It is their decision. I’m not even a donor, so I don’t get a vote. But it tells me something about the organization and about the quality of the smichas it gives out.

Now it should be noted that by “nothing happened”, what the Tablet means is that Carters opponents failed to imitate his Carter’s supporters by disturbing the peace. Right wing speakers are regularly interrupted by demonstrators, and kept off campus because the administration is afraid of left wing violence. Carter’s opponents were apparently too civilized.

Edward Stern says:

It is strange that Natalie Schachar believes that “nothing bad happened”. Something bad did indeed happen. The school honored a man who does not deserve to be honored. He prostituted himself to win contributions from fabulously weathy Saudis. He turned a blind eye toward terrorists, while he was quick to find fault with those who defended themselves against terrorism. In the Pirkei Avot, Ben Zoma says: “Who is an honorable man? One who honors others.” I don’t think the Sage meant honoring anti-Semites like Jimmy Carter. Oh, Carter has done some good work, but he has also obscured evil. On balance, he is still lacking merit.

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Jimmy Carter Awarded Yeshiva University Prize

And nothing bad happened

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