What would Antonin Scalia have done?Acronyms say the darndest things. George Mason University recently renamed its law school to honor the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, who died in February of natural causes. Justice Scalia often courted controversy for his conservative ideology.. The school announced it would change the name of its law school to The Antonin Scalia School of Law, or ASSol. An anonymous $30 million donation on March 31 prompted the decision. The gift is the largest donation in the school's history.
When you think about it, ASSol is a perfect name for a school named after Scalia. Scalia was true to his conservative roots in his response to Lawrence v. Texas, a case which challenged a law which made having homosexual sex a crime.
Many Americans do not want persons who openly engage in homosexual conduct as partners in their business, as scoutmasters for their children, as teachers in their children’s schools, or as boarders in their home. They view this as protecting themselves and their families from a lifestyle that they believe to be immoral and destructive.Here he is, looking perturbed by this development, even from beyond the grave.
That unfortunate acronym is similar to a certain vulgarity. The denizens of Twitter began playing the name shame game immediately, and the results are pretty hilarious.
The school remedied the situation in a letter to students and alumni.
The name initially announced -- The Antonin Scalia School of Law -- has caused some acronym controversy on social media. The Antonin Scalia Law School is a logical substitute.Twitter ate this up, of course.
But you really can't blame them. This is just too easy! The new and improved name change goes into effect on July 1, provided it gets the approval by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia. We think it'd be hilarious if it doesn't. This guy gets it. H/T: CNN, Gawker, New York Times