PA House Votes to Condemn Academic Bigotry
HARRISBURG – Universities are special places for open debate and a free exchange of differing ideas, but the American Studies Association (ASA) believes differently, House Majority Leader, Rep. Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny County) said today, as he announced the united opposition of the full House of Representatives to the ASA’s boycott against the State of Israel and Israeli academic institutions.

Passing the House unanimously, House Resolution 627, sponsored by Speaker of the House Sam Smith (R-Armstrong, Indiana and Jefferson counties), Turzai, Democratic Leader Frank Dermody (D-Allegheny County) and Democratic Caucus Chairman Dan Frankel (D-Allegheny County), condemns the ASA’s actions as anti-Semitic and an intolerable form of bigotry. The legislation calls on the Department of Education, the State System of Higher Education, each of the state-related universities, and all of the Commonwealth’s independent colleges and universities to reject anti-Semitism and not participate in the ASA academic boycott against Israel.

“In a unified voice, the House of Representatives has declared academic bigotry and hatred won’t be tolerated in Pennsylvania,” Turzai said. “Universities should be building bridges of understanding, not gagging differing ideas. Academia should be engaging minds, not estranging them.

“Together, the House stood against intolerance and confirmed that bigotry does not belong in Pennsylvania universities and colleges.”

Each college and university in the Commonwealth will be informed of the resolution’s passage.

Representative Mike Turzai, Majority Leader
28th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
Media Contact: Stephen Miskin
717.772.9943 (office), 717.756.3936 (cell) / @SAM1963 / / @RepTurzai
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