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Please join co-chairs Cornel West, Rosemary Ruether and Archbishop Desmond Tutu signing this petition.

Ken Starr, former prosecutor of Bill Clinton, and currently President of Baylor University, to dismiss dissident Jewish voice Dr. Marc Ellis.

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 numerous 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.

We, the undersigned, request President Starr to honor Dr. Ellis' academic freedom and stop all hostility toward him, including any attempt at dismissal. Join us signing this petition.

Cornel West, Rosemary Radford Ruether and Archbishop Desmond Tutu (co-chairs of the committee)

(more information about 1. the internal investigation and 2. faq in the update section)

Letter to
Ken Starr, President of Baylor University University
Please join co-chairs Cornel West, Rosemary Ruether and Archbishop Desmond Tutu signing this petition:

Kenneth Starr, president of Baylor University, to dismiss dissident Jewish voice Dr. Marc Ellis.

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.

We, the undersigned, request President Starr to honor Dr. Ellis' academic freedom and stop all hostility toward him and any attempt of dismissal. Please join us signing this petition.

Cornel West, Rosemary Radford Ruether and Archbishop Desmond Tutu (co-chairs of the committee)
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Sincerely,