Freedom of Speech does not mean Freedom from Consequences
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances. - Amendment 1 to the US Constitution
Much has been made regarding Freedom of Speech and the even more nebulous term Academic Freedom as it relates to "Professor" Ward Churchill of the University of Colorado. You see, "Professor" Churchhill has gotten himself into Heap Big Trouble because of remarks he made regarding the victims of the September 11th attacks. He has gone so far as to state that the Americans murdered in the World Trade Center "had it coming" because they were the modern day equivalent of "Little Eichmanns" (his words not mine). The term Eichmann refers to Hiter's infamous Adolf Eichmann. "Professor" Churchill goes into much more detail which I will not give the dignity of quoting here.
Why? Because "Professor" Churchill has crossed a very bright line in the course of civil discourse. He hates this country and what she stands for so much that he is willing to publicly entertain the notion that the victims of those terrorists acts deserved what they got. He has descended past the lunacy of Michael Moore, thus I will not dignify him with the title WOSABA (Waste Of Skin And Breathable Air). "Professor" Churchill has now earned the title MVM (Miserable Vomitous Mass).
"Professor" Churchill should be fired and then forced to explain his comments to a room full of September 11th widows, New York City's Fire and Police Departments, and Marine Force Recon Commandos.
He is currently trying to hide behind the First Amendment and Academic Freedom. I have quoted the aforementioned amendment. It protects against the state inflicting punishment for self expression. The University of Colorado is a state school, thus seen by the courts as an arm of the state. The First Amendment and Academic Freedom may prevent "Professor" Churchill from being fired for what he said. Fine.
It turns out his words don't have to fire him. One of his colleagues at CU has been kind enough to dig into Churchill's credentials and evidently easily found discrepancies sufficient to toss Churchill's carcass off the CU campus if not completely from the State of Colorado. See Professor Paul Campo's comments here.
"Professor" Churchill has a Bachelor's and Master's degree from what was then an insignificant and obscure Illinois college. For those of you unfamiliar with the world of academia, most if not all Professors are required to have a post-graduate Doctoral degree. Churchill never earned such.
His claim to fame (and evidently an affirmative action diversity tenure track at CU) is that he is either 1/16 or 3/16 Cherokee Indian. Geneological searches have failed to turn up any such evidence. Claiming to be part Native American is one thing. Using a teaspoon full of alleged Cherokee blood to bully yourself into academia as a 'diversity candidate' is what we outside the ivory towered academic world call "fraud". To quote the Enterprise's Chief Engineer Montgomery Scott, "if my sister had wheels, she'd be a wagon."
Professor Campos gives a very damning litany of Churchill's abuses of the academic system. If the University of Colorado (an institution I once actually attended) cannot find a way to fire this MVM for what he said about the September 11th Victims, then perhaps they should just fire his sorry carcass for being a complete and utter fraud.
Even academics should see the wisdom in this.
Here endeth the lesson.