A petition, with somewhere around 120 charter signatories (listed at the end of the document and not counted in the petition website’s counter) has just been launched. The petition focuses on the Bush Institute, opposing it for basically the set of reasons that Institute opponents have been articulating on campus for the past few months.
We, the undersigned, object to the proposal that a partisan institute be established on the campus of Southern Methodist University (SMU) in connection with the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum.
A partisan think tank located at any school, college, or university is contradictory to education as approached within a free and democratic society. The precedent set by it would put the values of open inquiry and academic freedom at risk not only for SMU but also for all academic institutions.
Because of the inherent incompatibility, we believe SMU and the institute would enjoy a more appropriate and mutually beneficial relationship if the two institutions were completely independent, and if the institute were not located on the SMU campus.