The following article, MIT Chaplain was Forced to Resign After He Dared to Speak The Truth About George Floyd’s Criminal Past, was first published on Big League Politics.
The College Fix reported that the Archdiocese of Boston made Daniel Moloney resign from his chaplain position at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology after students and alumni threw a fit about Moloney brining up George Floyds criminal history in an email to students.
Even though Moloney, a Catholic priest, made the case that Floyd’s criminal past should not have justified his death, his mentioning of Floyd’s rap sheet spurred several individuals to protest the chaplain’s message. They immediately turned to campus officials and filed bias complaints over the statement
“George Floyd was killed by a police officer, and shouldn’t have been,” Moloney wrote in an email on June 7 directed to the Tech Catholic Community, a group of Catholic students at MIT.
“He had not lived a virtuous life. He was convicted of several crimes, including armed robbery, which he seems to have committed to feed his drug habit. And he was high on drugs at the time of his arrest. But we do not kill such people. He committed sins, but we root for sinners to change their lives and convert to the Gospel,” the priest wrote.
“ In the wake of George Floyd’s death, most people in the country have framed this as an act of racism. I don’t think we know that. Many people have claimed that racism is major problem in police forces. I don’t think we know that.”
The New Boston Post republished the entire e-mail.
The MIT student body wasn’t having any of Maloney’s insightful commentary.
According to an article in The Tech campus newspaper, MIT’s dean for student life, Suzy Nelson, stated that administrators and the bias response team received reports concerning Moloney’s email.
In an email directed to student and faculty leaders on June 12, Nelson declared that Moloney’s message “contradicted the Institute’s values” and “was deeply disturbing” and that “by devaluing and disparaging George Floyd’s character,” Moloney did not “acknowledge the dignity of each human being and the devastating impact of systemic racism” on “African Americans, people of African descent, and communities of color,” The Tech reported.
As a result of this outrage over Moloney’a comments, the Archdiocese of Boston urged Moloney to resign from his chaplain position at the school on June 9, according to the Boston Globe.
Terrence Donilon, a spokesman for the archdiocese, informed WBZ-TV “While Fr. Moloney’s comments should not reflect on the entirety of his priestly ministry, they nonetheless were wrong and by his resignation he accepts the hurt they have caused.”
Moloney said in an interview with the Boston Globe on June 16, “I regret what happened, I regret it was misunderstood, I regret that [it] became difficult for me to be a voice for Christ on campus.”
Matt Lamb of the Campus Fix gave an overview of Moloney’s overall credentials:
Moloney is a published author at First Things, The Wall Street Journal and National Review. He used to work at the Heritage Foundation as a senior policy analyst for the DeVos Center for Religion and Society. His doctoral dissertation focused on justice and mercy, the subject of a recent book he published as well. He also maintains an active Tumblr page but has not explicitly addressed the controversy on it.
Today’s culture war will spare no one who dares to provide nuanced takes that go against established dogma.
The Right must be mentally prepared for a decade of harassment like never seen before.
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