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Harvard Faces Moral Turmoil: Stefanik Excoriates Leadership’s Defense of Genocide Remarks



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In a fiery rebuke, House GOP Conference Chair Rep. Elise Stefanik slammed Harvard University’s leadership, decrying what she termed a “complete moral failure.” The controversy centers around Harvard President Claudine Gay’s recent congressional testimony, where she suggested that calls for the genocide of Jews required “context” before violating the university’s code of conduct.

According to reports from Fox News, Stefanik, a Harvard alum, lambasted the institution’s response, contending that the only significant update to their code of conduct was allowing a “plagiarist” as president. The remarks come in the wake of a global spotlight on the Education Workforce Committee hearing, which garnered a billion views worldwide, exposing what Stefanik described as “the most morally bankrupt testimony.”

The Harvard alum invoked the university’s historic motto, “Veritas,” emphasizing its roots in divine and moral truth. Stefanik asserted that Veritas should not be context-dependent, calling Harvard’s leadership a “moral failure” for failing to condemn calls for the genocide of the Jewish people adequately.

Despite mounting pressure from 74 House members across party lines and a letter from influential alumnus Bill Ackman demanding Gay’s removal, Harvard’s board reaffirmed its support for Gay. The board commended her role in helping the community heal amidst societal challenges, sidestepping the core issue of her controversial defense.

Stefanik’s scathing critique echoes broader concerns about the values upheld by prestigious academic institutions. The incident marks a pivotal moment in the ongoing debate over the boundaries of free speech, academic freedom, and the moral accountability of university leadership.

As Harvard grapples with internal strife, Stefanik’s forceful condemnation underscores a growing sentiment that institutions of higher learning must not compromise on fundamental ethical principles, especially when faced with remarks as egregious as those defending genocide.

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Michigan asks residents to house migrants, enroll children in school and help adults find employment



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Michigan is asking its residents to help with the mess its leadership created and house migrants in their own homes. The state Department of Labor and Economic Development said volunteers who participate must commit for at least 90 days as part of the refugee support program.

In addition to opening up their homes, sponsors are expected to support newly arrived refugees by greeting them at the airport, securing and preparing initial housing, enrolling children in school and helping adults find employment.

“Programs like the Welcome Corps advance the Office of Global Michigan’s mission to make Michigan the home for opportunity for our immigrant, refugee and ethnic communities,” said Poppy Hernandez, Global Michigan Director and Michigan’s Chief Equity and Inclusion Officer. “Expanded refugee resettlement pathways empower more Michiganders to support our state’s growing refugee population and build a more welcoming and inclusive Michigan for all.”

The migrants will come from Cuba, Haiti, Nicaragua and Venezuela, all points of origin where many have been hoping to apply for asylum at the U.S.-Mexico border.

Fox News reports “cities like New York and Chicago have also dealt with issues related to migrants committing crimes, as well as pushback from residents who have voiced anger and concern over the influx. Migrant shelters in those cities have largely been full, forcing officials to come up with ways to safely house the migrants.”

Last year, Massachusetts officials asked residents to open their doors as migrant shelters were full at the time. “Most importantly, if you have an extra room or suite in your home, please consider hosting a family. Housing and shelter is our most pressing need and become a sponsor family,” said Massachusetts Lt. Governor Kim Driscoll.

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