The Univesity of Colorado doesn’t need another scandal. It has one though. The chairman of the ethnic studies department, Ward Churchill, called the victims of 9/11 “little Eichmann’s”, the architect of the Nazi mass murders. His essay is one big anti-American tirade. What isn’t in the news is that he also refers to U.S. troops in the first Gulf War as nazi’s. “It was a performance worthy of the nazis during the early months of their drive into Russia.” Churchill was forced to resign his chairmanship. Colorado Governor Bill Owens says that isn’t enough. He wants Churchill fired.
What is it with Churchill that he feels the need to label people who love and fight for freedom as Nazis? The people who died in the attacks are more evil than the killers (who he calls “combat teams” instead of terrorists). What I find most amazing is that Churchill only holds a Masters Degree. Usually you have to hold a Ph.D. to reach that level of moral idiocy. He apparently has done it through self-study.
Should he be fired? Yes. I think it was Governor Bill Owens who said Churchill has the right to free speech, but we don’t need to pay him to say it. I think the University can fire him for cause. Free speech doesn’t cover slander. Equating those who died in the 9/11 attacks with nazis is blatantly a slander on the victims of terrorists.
Then yesterday when the CU regents were meeting to discuss Churchill’s employment, about 100 of his supports showed up to the meeting and caused a disruption. Two had to be arrested.
Governor Owens released a brilliant statement. He turned the speech of the leftists back on themselves:
“I appreciate the fact that the C.U. Regents have taken the necessary first step in the formal evaluation of Ward Churchill’s employment status. However, I deplore the behavior displayed by some students at the Regents’ meeting. Their abhorrent behavior underscores the culture of violence that can be spawned by inflammatory speeches and essays, such as those by Mr. Churchill.”
“Culture of violence.” That is great. I hope the students are proud of themselves. Their respect for Churchill is as respectable as their actions yesterday. That is to say, not at all.