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Saturday, February 19, 2005

UH sets date for Churchill lecture

I just recieved a press advisory from an ally of EpicNation (hat tip Stuart K. Hayashi). Professor Ward Churchill is to speak at University of Hawaii on Tuesday, February 22, at 7:00 PM in the Art Auditorium at UH. They have dubbed his lecture "Speaking Truth to Power: Academic Freedom in the Age of Terror"

"Age of Terror", is that reffering to Islamo-facsism, or a Republican president and majority in both houses of Congress? Here are a few telling excerpts from the press advisory:

During the height of the McCarthy era, when politicians and the press were conducting witch hunts for alleged subversives whose speech they labeled un-American, Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas said: Restriction of free thought and free speech is the most dangerous of all subversions. It is the one un-American act that could most easily defeat us.

You know liberals are on shaky ground when they start pulling out the old "McCarthyism" card. The assertion that this controversy is akin to the McCarthy hearings is a false one, and also distorts the history involved. McCarthy targeted private citizens, not servants of the State. While some of McCarthy's intentions were good, he certainly crossed the line by trying to limit the expression of persons and institutions seperate of government. Churchill is not a private citizen (yet). The University of Colorado recieves both state and federal dollars. It is a public school, and therefore is ultimately subject to the will of the public. The University of Hawaii statement continue:

In this spirit, a coalition of University of Hawai`i faculty, students, and departments, along with a number of community organizations, has decided to afford Professor Churchill the First Amendment and academic freedom rights he has been denied at other institutions.

Which government's constitution are they reading that say's a person has the right to spew anti-American hate speech on the taxpayer's dime? (maybe France's) But this is typical of liberals; create a victim's status for those in their ilk who are challenged by the majority. Afterall, to liberals, there is nothing higher in the social pecking order than "Victim".

Also, this illusory suggestion that Ward Churchill has been labeled anti-American by his critics is laughable. The man's entire career has been based on the fact that he is a card carrying, chest thumping, "you can quote me on that!" anti-American. Churchill himself reject the notion that he is an American, labeling US government as "colonizers", and our American values "subterfuge". He
proudly supports the seperatist movement of indian tribes from the United States. How much more "anti-American" can the guy get? Consider the following from Churchill's essay Suppression of Indigenous Sovereignty in 20th Century United States:

Ultimately, the issue can be resolved only on the basis of a logically/legally consistent determination of whether indigenous peoples actually constitute "peoples" in the legal sense. While the deliberately obfuscatory arguments entered on this matter by the U.S. and other nation-states have by this point thoroughly muddled the situation with respect to a host of untreatied peoples throughout the world, the same cannot be said concerning the treatied peoples of North America, most especially those within the United States. As was noted above, we have long since been recognized not only as peoples, but as nations, and are thereby entitled in existing law to enjoy the rights of such regardless of our geographic disposition vis-a-vis our colonizers.

When a person claims the right of sovereignty within the border of the United States, and refer to its people as colonizers, they are quite literally anti-American. Not anti-American in the Al Franken, Michael Moore, or Ted Kennedy sense of the word; but anti-American in the "I reject the sovereign authority of the United States" revolutionary wack-job sense of the word.

What flavor KoolAid are they serving in the University of Hawaii faculty lounge? We can assume its one of the Red flavors. (Uh oh, Red with a capital "R"; McCarthyism!)


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