Georgetown Advisor Resigns due to Tweets

It’s a shame that people tweet before they think. An advisor for Georgetown University, Jeff Bernstein, resigned from the university’s Master of Science in Foreign Service Program on Monday in wake of his recent poor behavior on Twitter. In response to conservative millennial commentator Allie Stuckley’s tweets saying that the #MeToo movement was symptomatic of a “broken (sinful) world,” Bernstein tweeted at her “Wishing you a #metoo moment. Maybe then you won’t be so insensitive.”

Bernstein later privately apologized for his behavior. Georgetown University’s public statement on the issue clearly condemned his reprehensible action as well.

First, Suckley’s assertion that “we live in a broken (sinful) world, and sexual assault and harassment is symptomatic of that brokenness” is barely distinct from the leftist argument that patriarchy and toxic masculinity are both ingrained in the very structure of society. Both lenses condemn sexual violence. Both lenses claim that there are ways to try to improve the treatment of women. Virtue—regardless of whether one uses a secular or Christian justification for it—and viewing individuals as persons with inviolable worth are two important features of both conservatism and modern feminism. To condemn a woman for advocating for morality is absurd.

Second, there is no excuse for Bernstein’s uncouth, unacceptable behavior. The blatant hypocrisy in wishing sexual assault upon someone while simultaneously condemning sexual assault is both palpable and indecent.

Third, in general, the modern social justice movement sometimes suffers from a self-defeating insincerity. No reasonable person disagrees with equal treatment. No American conservative tries to dismiss the legal protections provided by the Civil Rights Act or the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act— the newly re-introduced Equality Act to amend the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to include protections on the basis of sex, sexual orientation, and gender identity has strong bipartisan support. By creating a false narrative that conservative values run counter to decent treatment of others, modern social justice warriors alienate the very people who might seek to support their movement on the basis of classical liberalism and a care for freedom. Bernstein’s incompetence, short-sightedness, and unfounded anger is only one of the many examples of this sad phenomenon.