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Colo. Prof Challenges Speech Cancellation
AP ^ | 2/8/5 | DAN ELLIOTT

Posted on 02/08/2005 12:23:20 PM PST by SmithL

Boulder -- A University of Colorado professor under fire for comparing the victims of the Sept. 11 attacks to Nazis went to federal court Tuesday challenging a decision to cancel his speech.

On Monday, Colorado administrators announced they had canceled the speech by ethnic studies professor Ward Churchill for Tuesday because of security concerns. Earlier this month, Hamilton College in upstate New York canceled another speech by him because of death threats against the professor and its administrators.

The dispute over the professor is one of several controversies that have roiled the Boulder campus.

In his filing Tuesday in Denver federal court, Churchill asked a judge to prohibit CU from canceling the speech, calling the last-minute decision to do so "nothing but an effort to stifle me and not let me speak on a matter of public and personal concern."

"I was intending to explain my meaning to the audience, in particular the CU student body," Churchill said in an affidavit. His lawsuit alleges the university violated his rights and those of the people who hoped to hear him speak.

A hearing on the matter was scheduled for Tuesday afternoon, three hours before Churchill was to speak. A university spokeswoman did not immediately return calls, but campus police spokesman Lt. Tim McGraw said authorities are prepared to provide security if the judge clears the way for the speech.

The university in the past year has weathered a sex scandal in the football program and the alcohol poisoning death of a fraternity pledge at a campus trying to shed its party-school image. But nothing has incited more passion and outrage than Churchill.

Two students were arrested at a Board of Regents meeting last week and swastikas were spray-painted on Churchill's pickup truck.

(Excerpt) Read more at sfgate.com ...


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1 posted on 02/08/2005 12:23:20 PM PST by SmithL
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To: SmithL

Tell him to rent his own hall and security and put the event on himself.


2 posted on 02/08/2005 12:27:35 PM PST by Bikers4Bush (Flood waters rising, heading for more conservative ground. Vote for true conservatives!)
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To: SmithL

It never ceases to amaze me that people confuse freedom of speech with freedom from having to listen to their crap.


3 posted on 02/08/2005 12:29:28 PM PST by cspackler (There are 10 kinds of people in this world, those who understand binary and those who don't.)
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To: Bikers4Bush
Tell him to rent his own hall and security and put the event on himself.

Yes! There's no one stopping him from doing that!

4 posted on 02/08/2005 12:29:34 PM PST by Rummyfan
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To: cspackler

"people confuse freedom of speech with freedom from having to listen to their crap."

Now that's sheer poetry!
Isn't it amazing how when the other side of the coin is expressed, it can be so profound?


5 posted on 02/08/2005 12:38:53 PM PST by yer gonna put yer eye out (Gettin' a PhD (Prettyhard on Democrats) at FR)
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To: SmithL

David Horowitz, a champion of conservative causes who has long accused American universities of overstocking their faculties with leftists, said firing Churchill would violate his First Amendment rights and set a bad precedent.

He called instead for an inquiry into the university's hiring and promotion procedures ''to see how Ward Churchill could get to the pinnacle of the faculty, to be the chair of an entire department.''

''This isn't like a guy who was suddenly exposed,'' Horowitz said. ''This is a guy who's been out in the open for 30 years and was promoted.''

I agree. CU gets off way too easy if they fire Churchill. They hired him and then gave him tenure so he's exactly the guy they wanted.

6 posted on 02/08/2005 12:39:48 PM PST by elli1
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To: Bikers4Bush

Still waiting on a response from the University.Asked them WHY Americans who disagree with Churchills HATE America first claims that we need more 9-11- type attacks, and that he wants "the US out of North America; . . .Out of existance altogether." I've asked them Why we who disagree with him ought pay for his CRAP.If th eFBI can rifle through a preachers sermons and covertly investigate the
congregation to protect an abortion mill. Then Certainly the
FBI ought investigate Churchill. I asked the University WHY
they didn't change his classroom ,often.Cease supplying his
classes. And stop all University support. Including garnish his wages and freeze his bank accounts until he settles with the State ,and system he wants "out of existance altogether."Only seems fair to me.


7 posted on 02/08/2005 12:40:24 PM PST by StonyBurk
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To: SmithL
Why get excited?

Unbalanced professors creating inflamatory situations to achieve a sense of importance are like any other sick individual. Criticizm is what this pathetic creature craves.

8 posted on 02/08/2005 12:42:00 PM PST by squirt-gun
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To: yer gonna put yer eye out

This story almost feels like an Onion piece to me. Going to the government to force people to listen to your rantings?

This man is truly delusional.


9 posted on 02/08/2005 12:43:29 PM PST by cspackler (There are 10 kinds of people in this world, those who understand binary and those who don't.)
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To: SmithL
Saw old Ward on the T.V. last night...He sure looks different than the glamor photos posted on FR over the last few days.
Nothing against large ears, but must have to take special precautions in a strong headwind!
Maybe that's what the 60's hair is about...
10 posted on 02/08/2005 12:43:57 PM PST by yer gonna put yer eye out (Gettin' a PhD (Prettyhard on Democrats) at FR)
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To: squirt-gun

right on the money...


11 posted on 02/08/2005 12:45:22 PM PST by yer gonna put yer eye out (Gettin' a PhD (Prettyhard on Democrats) at FR)
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To: SmithL
Concurrent thread here. (Ward) Churchill Plans To Speak, No Matter What
12 posted on 02/08/2005 12:45:47 PM PST by TigersEye (Intellectuals only exist if you think they do.)
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To: SmithL

They should simply cancel "him".


13 posted on 02/08/2005 12:48:52 PM PST by shellshocked
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To: StonyBurk

I think I know what you were trying to say, but after reading your post several times, I'm not at all certain what the heck it says. Please try again.


14 posted on 02/08/2005 12:49:11 PM PST by savedbygrace ("No Monday morning quarterback has never led a team to victory" GW Bush)
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To: StonyBurk

"....we need more 9-11- type attacks, and that he wants "the US out of North America; . . .Out of existance altogether."

The US (as such) is nothing but the government.......he is openly calling for the violent overthrow of the US government......anybody disagree?


15 posted on 02/08/2005 12:49:36 PM PST by Vn_survivor_67-68
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To: elli1

"firing Churchill would violate his First Amendment rights"

It is a typical liberal who thinks conservative values must be cesnored, but their "free speech" should never get them into trouble.


16 posted on 02/08/2005 12:49:51 PM PST by shellshocked
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To: SmithL

I see the professor subscribes to the idea that the best defense is a good offense.


17 posted on 02/08/2005 12:50:25 PM PST by CaptRon (Pedecaris alive or Raisuli dead)
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To: Vn_survivor_67-68

Agree. Churchill calls for the violent overthrow of the United States government.


18 posted on 02/08/2005 12:50:28 PM PST by shellshocked
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To: Bikers4Bush
"Tell him to rent his own hall and security and put the event on himself."

Yeah, what makes him think the University owes him a platform to speak. Talk about arrogant!

19 posted on 02/08/2005 12:51:04 PM PST by jackibutterfly
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To: Bikers4Bush

Exactly! He rants and raves against capitalist America, then wants to be paid OUR CAPITALIST money for opening his yap and making us listen!


20 posted on 02/08/2005 12:51:38 PM PST by Polyxene (For where God built a church, there the Devil would also build a chapel - Martin Luther)
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To: SmithL
Everyone should be thankful that this Churchhill fella is such a sanctimonious bas..rd!

He brings to light the plight of students in universities having to sit thru his sort of pablum ad nauseum....

And, he helps to bring more (hopefully) to the cause of responsibility and morality.

And, like Howard Dean, he is anathema to America, I do not want tax $$ going in his pocket.

Fire him, now!
21 posted on 02/08/2005 12:53:45 PM PST by Prost1 (The Democrats hate Emancipation! They cannot control the vote!)
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To: squirt-gun
Criticizm is what this pathetic creature craves.

I think this sentence would be better if you used the active voice and added impact with some alliteration:

This pathetic creature craves criticism. :-)

22 posted on 02/08/2005 12:54:22 PM PST by FoxInSocks ("It's fun to shoot some people." -- James Mattis, Lt. Gen., USMC)
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To: shellshocked

It is a typical liberal who thinks conservative values must be cesnored, but their "free speech" should never get them into trouble.

David Horowitz is a 'typical liberal'? Not in my time zone.

23 posted on 02/08/2005 12:58:50 PM PST by elli1
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To: elli1

Talking about Churchill.


24 posted on 02/08/2005 1:01:07 PM PST by shellshocked
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To: shellshocked

Congress passed the Smith Act in 1940 -- making it unlawful to advocate the violent overthrow of the U.S. government.

The Smith Act of 1940 5 made it a criminal offense for anyone to knowingly or willfully advocate, abet, advise, or teach the duty, necessity, desirability, or propriety of overthrowing the Government of the United States or of any State by force or violence, or for anyone to organize any association which teaches, advises, or encourages such an overthrow, or for anyone to become a member of or to affiliate with any such association.

Ch. 439, 54 Stat. 670, 18 U.S.C. Sec. 2385.


25 posted on 02/08/2005 1:02:45 PM PST by Vn_survivor_67-68
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To: shellshocked

In that case, I agree with you.


26 posted on 02/08/2005 1:04:46 PM PST by elli1
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To: Vn_survivor_67-68

TITLE 18 - CRIMES AND CRIMINAL PROCEDURE
PART I - CRIMES
CHAPTER 115 - TREASON, SEDITION, AND SUBVERSIVE ACTIVITIES

-HEAD-
Sec. 2385. Advocating overthrow of Government

-STATUTE-
Whoever knowingly or willfully advocates, abets, advises, or
teaches the duty, necessity, desirability, or propriety of
overthrowing or destroying the government of the United States or
the government of any State, Territory, District or Possession
thereof, or the government of any political subdivision therein, by
force or violence, or by the assassination of any officer of any
such government; or
Whoever, with intent to cause the overthrow or destruction of any
such government, prints, publishes, edits, issues, circulates,
sells, distributes, or publicly displays any written or printed
matter advocating, advising, or teaching the duty, necessity,
desirability, or propriety of overthrowing or destroying any
government in the United States by force or violence, or attempts
to do so; or
Whoever organizes or helps or attempts to organize any society,
group, or assembly of persons who teach, advocate, or encourage the
overthrow or destruction of any such government by force or
violence; or becomes or is a member of, or affiliates with, any
such society, group, or assembly of persons, knowing the purposes
thereof -
Shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than
twenty years, or both, and shall be ineligible for employment by
the United States or any department or agency thereof, for the five
years next following his conviction.
If two or more persons conspire to commit any offense named in
this section, each shall be fined under this title or imprisoned
not more than twenty years, or both, and shall be ineligible for
employment by the United States or any department or agency
thereof, for the five years next following his conviction.
As used in this section, the terms ''organizes'' and
''organize'', with respect to any society, group, or assembly of
persons, include the recruiting of new members, the forming of new
units, and the regrouping or expansion of existing clubs, classes,
and other units of such society, group, or assembly of persons.


27 posted on 02/08/2005 1:07:26 PM PST by Vn_survivor_67-68
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To: Vn_survivor_67-68

Arrest him and then let him "speak" all he wants - from behind bars.


28 posted on 02/08/2005 1:17:56 PM PST by mlc9852
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To: All

LOL!! Don't these left-wing dummies realize that embarassing publicity means CU alumni contributions will dry up?


29 posted on 02/08/2005 1:26:42 PM PST by Liberty Wins (Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of all who threaten it.)
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To: savedbygrace

short version this fraud has been published as saying he
wants the US out of Existance. He has also been published as saying there ought be more 9-11 type attacks against the US. I do NOT believe the taxpayers and students who go
to these Universities ought be paying Anyone to publically call fo rth eoverthrow of our system of government.Sort of
like him demanded he be paid to be such an Arse.If I were in
charge of that college I would cut off any University support and Take legal action against him for money he has
recieved while calling for the overthrow of our government.


30 posted on 02/08/2005 6:08:40 PM PST by StonyBurk
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