To Kenneth Starr, president of Baylor University, do not dismiss dissident Jewish voice Dr. Marc Ellis.
Please join co-chairs Cornel West, Rosemary Ruether and Archbishop Desmond Tutu signing this petition:
For more than three decades the prophetic voice of Marc Ellis has influenced generations of academics and activists. His dissident voice in the realm of contemporary Jewish identity and his theology of solidarity with Palestinians has been encouraged by scholar-activists including Noam Chomsky, Edward Said and the three of us, Rosemary Ruether, Cornel West and Archbishop Desmond Tutu.
Unfortunately this voice is now being silenced at Baylor University where Marc has served with distinction for almost fifteen years as University Professor and Director of the Center for Jewish Studies. With the approval of Kenneth Starr, President of Baylor University, Marc Ellis is under internal investigation in what looks more and more like a persecution to silence a Jewish voice of dissent. In short, Baylor is re-writing its rules to dismiss Marc Ellis from the faculty.
Please request President Starr to honor Dr. Ellis’ academic freedom and stop all hostility toward him and any attempt of dismissal by signing this petition.
Cornel West, Rosemary Radford Ruether and Archbishop Desmond Tutu (co-chairs of the committee)
In a time of intolerance, voices like Marc Ellis need to be heard! The academic integrity of Baylor University is very questionable if Dr. Ellis is dismissed.