Assemblyman Mark Walczyk (R,C,I-Watertown) is leading a charge in the state Assembly, calling on Deborah Stanley, the chancellor of the State University of New York (SUNY), to immediately fire a professor of libertarian philosophy and applied ethics at SUNY Fredonia who has endorsed acts of pedophilia – including having sex with infants.
Walczyk is the Ranking Minority Member of the Assembly Higher Education Committee. He wrote a letter (view letter) to the chancellor, signed by minority members of the committee, to immediately remove the professor from his position.
“Not only am I horrified by this professor’s remarks as a father, but as a human being I find his remarks truly disturbing. As a lawmaker, and one tasked with overseeing our state’s institutions of higher learning, I could not believe our SUNY system would employ such a person,” said Walczyk. “He should immediately be removed from employment, as he has no place working with the impressionable minds of students or to have any place of authority as a professor in our prestigious SUNY system. These are not the values New Yorkers support, and he needs to be removed immediately.”
As reported in the news, (https://nypost.com/2022/02/02/suny-fredonia-professor-under-review-for-video-of-him-supporting-pedophilia/?utm_campaign=iphone_nyp&utm_source=message_app) Stephen Kershnar, who is a professor at SUNY Fredonia, recently made statements giving affirmation to adults who have sex with children as young as a year old, saying this behavior was “not quite obvious” to him as being wrong. He also made statements that he believed children as young as 8 years old could give “consent” to have sex. These statements were made on podcasts, in videos and shared on various social media platforms.
In addition to calling for Kershnar’s swift removal from SUNY’s employment, Walczyk and his colleagues are also calling for the State Police to investigate through their Crimes Against Children unit. The matter is currently under review by Fredonia’s administration.
However, further troubling is that in the professor’s official biography on SUNY Fredonia’s website (https://www.fredonia.edu/academics/colleges-schools/college-liberal-arts-sciences/philosophy/faculty/Stephen-Kershnar) it lists that one of his major topics of publication is the topic of adult-child sex. Walczyk explains, “Clearly, Fredonia was aware of the professor’s beliefs before this incident blew up into a media storm. That’s why we need the chancellor to step in and do the right thing for New Yorkers here. Fredonia cannot be held accountable.”
Walczyk said, “I believe in free speech, but I do not think our taxpayer-funded SUNY system should be a platform for these appalling, criminal statements. His statements have proven he clearly has no ethical compass, nor would any decent parent want him near their child. He should no longer be employed by SUNY. Chancellor Stanley should make sure of it and do so now.”