UI professor: Unofficial is 'orgiastic defilement' of St. Patrick
A letter to Gov. Pat Quinn from a University of Illinois law professor has been floating around lately, but I have yet to see it published in its entirety.
He definitely represents one end of the spectrum on the debate surrounding Unofficial St. Patrick's Day on campus. I don't think anyone would disagree that the event is not great for human health and safety, but the other argument, of course, is that Unofficial is good for business.
February 8, 2012
The Honorable Patrick Quinn
Governor, State of Illinois
James R. Thompson Center
100 W. Randolph St., Ste. 16-100
Chicago, IL 60601-3220
Dear Governor Quinn:
Happy Saint Patrick's Day to you! Unfortunately for me, on Friday, March 2, 2012 the City of Champaign will be publicly desecrating Saint Patrick, your Patron Saint and the Patron Saint of our Beloved Ireland. On that day, the Champaign Bar and Liquor Industry will launch their annual town-wide Unofficial St. Patrick's Day Bar Crawls. In previous years this event knowingly and deliberately produced, promoted, and instigated at least one death, numerous maimings, many rapes and sexual assaults, widespread physical assaults and batteries, large scale drunken-driving, destruction of public and private property, and multiple disturbances of public order-all perpetrated by drunken young adults and underage minor drinkers who had been illegally served and serviced by the Champaign Bar and Liquor Industry with the full knowledge and approval of the Champaign City Council and Mayor. The good people of your Champaign County will be terrorized and intimidated by several thousands of drunken young adults and illegal underage minor drinkers for the entire weekend.
Because of the enormous sums of money generated by the Champaign Bar and Liquor Industry, and despite my best efforts, all the local public officials have adamantly failed and refused to terminate this orgiastic defilement of Saint Patrick, but rather have tolerated, condoned, and licensed it for well over a dozen years. Therefore I hereby request that you exercise the emergency powers granted to the Governor by the Illinois Emergency Management Agency Act, 20 Ill. Comp. Stat. 3305 (West 2007), 3305/4 ("Disaster" includes "riot") to suspend every bar and liquor license within the city limits of Champaign for March 2, 2012. Under Section 3305/7(9) the Governor has the power "To suspend or limit the sale, dispensing, or transportation of alcoholic beverages...."
We must not let these mercenary Champaign bar and liquor store owners murder and maim and rape yet another young person in the prime of his or her life. Their next victim could be your daughter or your son, your brother or your sister, your mother or your father. These Merchants of Death and Destruction must be stopped!
Thank you for your kind attention to this matter. It has been most appreciated. I look forward to hearing from you at your earliest convenience.
Yours very truly,
Francis A. Boyle
Enclosure: United Ireland, Professor of Law, Human Rights, and International Law