Homophobic Singaporian Law Professor Won’t be Teaching at NYU

Friday, July 24, 2009


An anti-gay law professor and former politician from Singapore who had been invited to teach a course at New York University on “Human Rights in Asia” won’t accept the invitation, the school announced yesterday.

Thio Li-ann, a professor at the National University of Singapore and a former member of Parliament had been scheduled to teach the human rights course and a seminar on constitutionalism as a visiting professor at NYU’s law school. But, Ms. Thio was schooled in the difference between Singapore and the U.S. when the invitation caused outrage on the NYU campus because of statements she’s made about homosexuality and the repeal of Section 377A, the Victorian-era law that criminalizes gay sex in Singapore.

More than 800 people have signed an online petition saying that, by hiring her, the NYU law school was “acting in opposition to its own policy of nondiscrimination and undermining its commitment to advancing human rights worldwide.”

The petition called the invitation extended to Thio by NYU “disingenuous, untenable, and unacceptable.” It says “academic freedom is not a license for bigotry.”

But an announced yesterday said Thio has withdrawn. In a statement signed by NYU law dean Richard Revesz, Thio decided to decline the invitation because “she was disappointed by the hostility of some members of our community to her views regarding homosexuality and gay rights, and by the low enrollments in her classes.”

As is usually the case with people like this, Thio wasted no time playing the vicitm card, complaining, “I do not feel welcomed as a person; I feel unfairly treated and greatly disrespected.” No word yet on when she will be returning to Singapore but tomorrow won’t be soon enough for me.

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11 Responses to Homophobic Singaporian Law Professor Won’t be Teaching at NYU

  1. Arizona Leatherneck says:

    Some folks say I’m dumb because I don’t have a college education. But you know what? I’m neither a homophobe or a racist.

    So what might we conclude? For starters, some of the worst bigots can be found in academia.

    I find it ironic that NYU would extend an offer to teach a course on Human Rights to a woman who holds views like Thio’s.

  2. Rachel says:

    The debate on college campuses involving opposing views is as old as Greece itself. I remember hearing things at college that challenged me; angered me; and made me think. But Thio is a regular bigot. Her views don’t seek to inform. I’m glad she’s leaving. NY is the venue for a homophobe like her.

  3. Joe in Colorado says:

    I don’t think you’re “dumb” at all, Arizona. In fact, I enjoy reading your posts. As a retired Marine, you bring an interesting perspective to all the topics covered here. Remember, just because you have a college degree isn’t any indication you’re smart.

  4. VicoDANIEL says:

    Thio Li-ann whines, “I do not feel welcomed as a person; I feel unfairly treated and greatly disrespected.”

    Ah, but it’s OK for you to disrespect and treat LGBT people unfairly?

    Too bad, sister. If you can’t take the heat, stop cooking Bun noodles.


  5. bradfrmphnx says:

    Thio should run for an office in Texas.

  6. Harry says:

    The problem with Singapore Sling is, she’s not used to people expressing their opposition to her antigay views. She just got a lesson in the First Amendment.

  7. Walk on Socks says:

    I read about this witch a couple of weeks ago.

    She’s certainly entitled to hold whatever POV she wishes but my problem is with New York University.

    You mean to tell me, in all of Asia — a region with a population of more than 2 billion people, she’s the best NYU could come up with?

    Sorry but I’m not buying and neither did the students who overwhelmingly rejected her.

  8. DMason says:

    What is it all of a sudden with these conservative women and their new found hatred of gay people? I don’t get it. Are they afraid we’re coming for their men?

  9. Given how much closeted self-loathers there are in the Murkan wingnut brigade, wouldn’t surprise me if she suffers from the same malady.

  10. Woodcliffe says:

    Evidently, Ms. Thio Li-ann has never bothered to meet a gay person.

    Get to know them. Listen to what their lives are like and what they must deal with, especially in her native Singapore. Her antigay views are informed by her Islamic religious education.

  11. libhomo says:

    How could NYU invite an anti human rights activist to speak on “Human Rights in Asia.” That would be like inviting Ratzinger to speak at a forum on the rights of people sexually abused as children.

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