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Wednesday, March 16, 2005

No Confidence in Academic Freedom 
The New York Times > Education > Professors, in Close Vote, Censure Harvard Leader

Listen for five minutes to the left's harping on and on about Ward Churchill and his right to "say his piece" (at taxpayer expense, I might add), and compare that situation to this one, where the President of Harvard is being ripped to shreds by his own professors, and you will see a microcosm of the beliefs of the left.

If the left agrees with someone, they will circle the wagons to protect his/her "right" to espouse downright traitorous remarks in a publicly-funded classroom. Nevermind the fact that this person may lack the qualifications to even hold his position, having conned his way into the ivory tower by claiming a bloodline he isn't even connected to.

Now, if the left disagrees with someone, never mind the actual scientific bases for his/her statements, and the fact that those statements were made at a conference where the speakers were supposed to say something controversial, because the words "academic freedom" no longer apply. Statements like this fall into the "offensive" exception to free speech. This, I'm sure you'll agree, is a very worthy goal, as no one likes to be offended, especially at a university.

I wish all these Harvard professors could take a step back and see themselves for the morons they really are.
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