Monday, April 04, 2005

http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2005/04/04/nazi: Nazi Loses Teaching Job

History professor Jacques Pluss has lost his job teaching at Fairleigh Dickinson University after admitting that he is a member of the American Nazi Party. Although the university insists that his dismissal is related to missing too many classes, Pluss believes otherwise.

Pluss insists that his political beliefs had no bearing on what he taught in the classroom. Perhaps so. Many students were reportedly "stunned" by the revelation that Pluss is a Nazi. However, one student mentioned in hindsight that an assignment requiring students to imagine being a German soldier during World War II may have suggested something. Shortly after being dismissed, Pluss publicly complained of the Jewish control of the university and used racial epithets to describe black basketball players at the school.

I wonder when the leftist university professors will rally to the defense of "academic freedom" in this case? When will Bill Maher be scheduling the poignant interview with Mr. Pluss to find out "why he hates us"? When will the public universities begin scheduling Mr. Pluss to come speak on campus?

Never, never, and never. These sorts of protections are only reserved for America-hating Communists like Ward Churchill, not America-hating Nazis like Pluss. I wish that people would demand the same sort of scrutiny of a professor's lectures and assignments when he/she is outed as a Communist. If so, we just might get back to teaching meaningful topics in university history classes. I wouldn't hold my breath for that to happen anytime in the near future.
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