Hank Brown, President of University of Colorado has fired Ward Churchill. Churchill is the hack who called the 9/11 victims “little Eichmanns”, quite the soul of class there, Mr Churchill.
You can read the story from President Brown’s perspective on the Wall Street Journal site today.
You can see that it was found that Mr. Churchill was not punished for his egregious statements, but for what the committees found concerning his academic publication record:
The panels found that Mr. Churchill rewrote history to fit his own theories. When confronted, he asserted he was not responsible. According to one report, “Professor Churchill has, on more than one occasion, claimed that certain acts that appear to have been his were instead the responsibility of some other actor: his editor or publisher, his assistant, or his former wife and collaborator.” The report goes on to note that “we have come to see these claims as emblems of a recurrent refusal to take responsibility for errors . . . and a willingness to blame others for his troubles.”
He was not fired for his words because they were protect speech, but they are evidence of a mind twisted by evil thoughts. I’m torn over the free speech issue though.
I think I agree that he should not be fired for his words based on the fact that technically he’s an employee of the government, being a state school professor. But for private citizens working at private schools I would support his being kicked out on his can based on his words alone. This brings up a thought though: Should the government even be in the field of higher education? Or even education at all? If the government cannot fire those who would abuse their positions spouting nonsense and harmful evil words with equal impunity, why should we trust them to be able to protect the minds of the new generations?
What do you think?