Ward Churchill In Court


With Mikhail temporarily (I sincerely hope) gone, not to add to the drama, but I have to say that you’ve been a real friend and mentor, sir, I hope things get better and you get back to your blogging duty, here’s a story I think we should be paying attention to: 

DENVER – Ward Churchill’s attorney told a jury Tuesday that the University of Colorado handed the former professor over to a “howling mob” when they fired him from his tenured position in 2007.

During opening statements in the courtroom of Denver’s Chief District Judge Larry J. Naves, David Lane told the jury that the school should have defended Churchill’s rights to speak freely about the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks instead of publicly denouncing him. 

“They should have said, ‘That is what the First Amendment is about, so howling mob at the gate, we are not letting you in,'” Lane told the jury. 

“The mob is an angry group of people fueled by ignorance and directed by fear,” he continued. “And the mob sees a traitor as an enemy, as someone to be destroyed. The mob took over at the University of Colorado.” 

“They have destroyed him,” Lane said. 

Former professor Churchill sued CU after he was fired for academic misconduct in 2007. The dismissal followed a public and political uproar over an essay he wrote comparing the victims of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center to Nazi Adolf Eichmann who engineered the destruction of the Jews. 

The rest of this story is here. You know what really bothers me about this? I don’t like Churchill’s position that much, but I think that this is still a free county and all that stuff about us being about to be killed by the terrorists during the last eight years really created some horrible changes in the public perception of the free speech, you know? Whatever this guy said or wrote, he has the right to do so, how hard is it to understand it?

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