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'I do not work for taxpayers,' prof says (churchill)
Rocky Mountain News ^ | February 9, 2005 | Charlie Brennan

Posted on 02/09/2005 8:17:44 AM PST by AdamSelene235

BOULDER - A defiant Ward Churchill told an overflow audience of more than a thousand at the University of Colorado on Tuesday night that he will not back down or be silenced.

Most of the crowd that packed CU's Glenn Miller Ballroom for Churchill's speech appeared to be pulling for him in the fight of his professional life. It was his first public talk since becoming embroiled in controversy for his 3-year-old essay on the Sept. 11 attacks.

"I'm not backing off an inch. I owe no one an apology," he said, during his highly anticipated speech, which was advertised to be one hour but ran just about 35 minutes.

That was just one of many lines to win a standing ovation from many in the crowd.

Churchill, 57, has been the focus of heated debate since late last month when his scheduled appearance on a panel discussion at Hamilton College, at Clinton, N.Y., triggered renewed scrutiny of his essay, "Some People Push Back: On the Justice of Roosting Chickens."

In that piece, he likened "technocrats" working in the World Trade Center to Adolf Eichmann, a Nazi charged by Adolf Hitler with implementing plans for extermination of European Jews.

In a rapid succession of events last week, Churchill resigned his post as chairman of CU's ethnic studies department - while keeping his $94,000 teaching post; heard Gov. Bill Owens and members of Congress call for his outright resignation; saw the Board of Regents vote to launch an investigation into his record, which could lead to a call for his firing; and lost his date with Hamilton College, after the school canceled his appearance, because of threats against Churchill and others.

Eastern Washington University and Wheaton College also canceled planned appearances by Churchill, and the University of Wisconsin is debating whether to permit him to speak March 1.

CU, too, had called off Tuesday night's appearance by Churchill. But several parties, including an ad hoc organization called CU Students, Faculty and Staff in Support of Ward Churchill, filed a motion for a temporary restraining order Tuesday morning in U.S. District Court, challenging the school's decision as an unconstitutional restraint of Churchill's free speech.

Before the matter could be heard, however, student organizers met with CU officials during the day and reached an accord, permitting the event to go forward.

"They have completely capitulated," attorney Darold Killmer said, after the court hearing was averted. "They knew they were constitutionally wrong and I'm sure they knew they couldn't possibly win."

CU officials said they decided to proceed with the event after student organizers admitted they had overstated the nature of security threats in conversations with officials on Monday.

Churchill, in a black leather jacket and jeans, was engulfed in a phalanx of supporters, fellow leaders of Colorado's American Indian Movement members and security personnel. He arrived 20 minutes late for his appearance.

But when Churchill stepped to the podium following ceremonial American Indian drumming and singing, plus a fiery introduction by AIM activist Russell Means, it was clear the crowd wasn't going to punish him for the delay.

"Bill Owens, do you get it now?" he asked, following the 40-second standing ovation with which he was greeted. That cued another strong wave of applause.

"I do not work for the taxpayers of the state of Colorado. I do not work for Bill Owens. I work for you. . . . The Board of Regents should do its job, and let me do mine."

The battle lines were drawn and underscored repeatedly, in overtly political colors.

Churchill, his voice strained at times and keyed to a fighting pitch for most of his talk, said "there is not an inch of give" in his stance, and that "This institution needs to be protected from the ravages of the rabid right wing" elements that he perceives to be behind the attacks on his credibility and his scholarship.

A primary reason for Tuesday's speech was so Churchill could explain the reasoning behind his essay. He insisted he never advocated or endorsed the nearly 3,000 deaths occurring Sept. 11, but only meant to explain that America's foreign policies - such as the support for U.N. sanctions against Iraq, which many have blamed for deaths through starvation and disease of 500,000 Iraqi children after the first Gulf War - can yield disastrous payback.

"What you are putting out will blow back on you, and that's what happened," he said.

"We're worried about weapons of mass destruction, in a country that has the largest inventory (of nuclear arms) in the world, the only country that has used them on civilian targets, and intentionally used them on civilian targets."

Churchill and Means both spoke bitterly about renewed attacks in the media over recent days on the issue of Churchill's American Indian heritage. He has, in the past, claimed both one-sixteenth and three-sixteenths Cherokee heritage, but others who have studied his genealogy have questioned those assertions.

"The issue (of challenging Churchill's political arguments) was not sustainable, so I was to become the issue," said Churchill. "Well, later, for that."

Means, whose introduction was often even more impassioned than Churchill's delivery, was also disgusted with those taking issue with Churchill's heritage.

"I don't know what Clear Channel (the media giant) says about his one-sixteenth or three-sixteenths. Here's where it counts," Means said, tapping his heart.

Alluding to the regents' order last week for a probe of his written and spoken records, which Churchill puts at more than 24 books and 70 chapter contributions to other publications, Means said, "I know the regents aren't going to get through them all.

"Those cowards," he added, "who could not stand up for women, and could not stand up for their own professors," apparently referring to female students who have alleged they were raped in recent years by CU football players or recruits.

Churchill was clearly buoyed by the predominantly positive reception on his home turf.

"You give me hope. You all give me hope," he concluded.

He raised one fist above his head, saying, "Power to the people" but his voice was largely drowned by the applause.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Government; US: Colorado
KEYWORDS: academia; pspl; wardchurchill
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1 posted on 02/09/2005 8:17:45 AM PST by AdamSelene235
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To: AdamSelene235

this will come back to haunt CU. They are clearly feeding into this guy's psychosis.


2 posted on 02/09/2005 8:19:35 AM PST by Hildy ( To work is to dance, to live is to worship, to breathe is to love.)
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To: AdamSelene235

Where does this sub-creep think his paycheck comes from?


3 posted on 02/09/2005 8:19:49 AM PST by dighton
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To: AdamSelene235; backhoe; Grampa Dave

Barf for sure.


4 posted on 02/09/2005 8:20:00 AM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach (A Proud member of Free Republic ~~The New Face of the Fourth Estate since 1996.)
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To: AdamSelene235
A defiant Ward Churchill told an overflow audience of more than a thousand at the University of Colorado on Tuesday night that he will not back down or be silenced.

I good way to "silence" him would be not to listen to anymore of his treasonous crap. You know the old saying about "if a tree falls in the forest and there's no one there to hear it........"

5 posted on 02/09/2005 8:20:38 AM PST by SiliconValleyGuy
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To: AdamSelene235

I hope they drop him from faculty like a hot potatoe. He should be sent to Cuba on a slow leaky boat.


6 posted on 02/09/2005 8:21:29 AM PST by Piquaboy (22 year veteran of the Army, Air Force and Navy, Pray for all our military .)
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To: AdamSelene235
The Board of Regents should do its job, and let me do mine."

And that is????

7 posted on 02/09/2005 8:22:34 AM PST by frogjerk
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To: AdamSelene235

100% Communist, through-and-through.


8 posted on 02/09/2005 8:23:37 AM PST by TheBigB (Supporters of illegal immigrants are traitors to the United States of America.)
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To: AdamSelene235
"I'm not backing off an inch. I owe no one an apology," he said...

No one's asking for an apology, Church--they just don't want you teaching at their school. Get a clue, douchebag.

9 posted on 02/09/2005 8:23:39 AM PST by randog (What the....?!)
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To: AdamSelene235

So if I tap my chest at my heart, I can be an indian as well? These freakos need to get the hell out of the US.



11 posted on 02/09/2005 8:24:13 AM PST by SZonian (Tagline???? I don't need no stinkin' tagline!)
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To: AdamSelene235

"He insisted he never advocated or endorsed the nearly 3,000 deaths occurring Sept. 11..."

By referring to those killed as "little Eichmanns", or Nazis, he absolutely endorsed their deaths. Which he has a right to do.

But if there were a constitutional requirement that a person not be a jagoff, he'd be in big big trouble.


12 posted on 02/09/2005 8:24:14 AM PST by Gefreiter (When seconds count, the police are minutes away.)
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To: AdamSelene235

There are many ways to make a pompous little professor miserable--and our side should know well how to go about it. You marginalize his position, you take away choice perks, you give him freshmen to teach, you cut his budgets, discourage grad students ...on and on.


13 posted on 02/09/2005 8:24:25 AM PST by Mamzelle
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To: AdamSelene235

<<<<<"I owe no one an apology">>>>>

Tod Beamer, "Let's Roll" hero of Fly 193, you deserved to die because you were a little Eichmann. Lisa Beamer and children- I owe you no apology for saying this.
In Your Face,
Ward Churchill


14 posted on 02/09/2005 8:25:33 AM PST by silverleaf (Fasten your seat belts- it's going to be a BUMPY ride.)
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To: frogjerk

Evil. Period.


15 posted on 02/09/2005 8:26:04 AM PST by SE Mom (God Bless our troops.)
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To: SZonian

Hey, good idea.

I think I'll go down to Foxwoods or Mohegan Sun tomorrow and tap my chest until I get some of those casino royalties.

Cuz THAT's where it counts.


16 posted on 02/09/2005 8:26:31 AM PST by Gefreiter (When seconds count, the police are minutes away.)
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To: AdamSelene235
Sounds like he's issuing a Double Dog Dare.

As everyone knows, you can't let a DDD go unanswered.

17 posted on 02/09/2005 8:26:58 AM PST by savedbygrace ("No Monday morning quarterback has never led a team to victory" GW Bush)
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To: Gefreiter

LOL, thanks for the tip!


18 posted on 02/09/2005 8:28:06 AM PST by SZonian (Tagline???? I don't need no stinkin' tagline!)
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To: AdamSelene235

"the nearly 3,000 deaths occurring Sept. 11, but only meant to explain that America's foreign policies - such as the support for U.N. sanctions against Iraq"

Sounds like he sees a link between Saddam and 9/11.


19 posted on 02/09/2005 8:28:20 AM PST by Spok
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To: AdamSelene235
$94,000 teaching post???????
At a state school??? In Colorado??
The guy works 7 months a year at the most
This seems like a subject worthy of an investigation.
20 posted on 02/09/2005 8:29:44 AM PST by ProudVet77 (Survivor of the great blizzard of aught five)
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To: Hildy

The critics of Churchill have blown this. They have turned him into a martyr for academic freedom. If instead, they had had started with the fraud, issue he might (like Bellelilles) be packing.


21 posted on 02/09/2005 8:30:30 AM PST by Austin Willard Wright
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To: AdamSelene235
Go to Denver AM 850 KOA Radio and listento Churchill giving a lecture to Oakland students in 2003, callling for a violent action against the United States government. I'd post a direct liunk but you must sign in. Simply use: Username: denvercity Password:denvercity to log in and listen.
22 posted on 02/09/2005 8:30:32 AM PST by shellshocked
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To: AdamSelene235

They can't fire him for his treasonous comments but they can fire him for lying about his Indian heritage, making up the story about smallpox blankets, and plagiarism.


23 posted on 02/09/2005 8:30:53 AM PST by 14erClimb
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To: shellshocked
Oops, make that 850 KOA to listen to Churchill.
24 posted on 02/09/2005 8:31:55 AM PST by shellshocked
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To: Mamzelle
Best way to make him miserable is to collect enough money to fill his class with conservative students - That way when he flunks them they aren't out anything. Then just send them in there and argue every stupid thing he says until he starts a hissy fit and throws them out. Have recorders running and prove the guy is not fit to teach.
25 posted on 02/09/2005 8:32:03 AM PST by Abathar (Proudly posting without reading the whole article since 1998)
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To: ProudVet77

He doesn't work that much. He spends most of his time in his office writing the elegant prose which he is now so famous for.


26 posted on 02/09/2005 8:32:10 AM PST by jayef
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To: AdamSelene235

"he likened "technocrats" working in the World Trade Center to Adolf Eichmann, "

My GOD what is this idiot smoking?


27 posted on 02/09/2005 8:32:34 AM PST by rockabyebaby (What goes around, comes around!)
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To: AdamSelene235
"I do not work for the taxpayers of the state of Colorado.

This guy's a real genius, isn't he?

28 posted on 02/09/2005 8:32:46 AM PST by texasbluebell
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To: AdamSelene235

Can someone explain this to me? Aside from the Secretaries and Stock Brokers that worked at the WTC, weren't the majority of people killed on 9/11 labor-type people working at Windows on the World, and janitors, policemen, firemen, NY state and federal workers, etc. who were probably ALL union members in some form or another.

So...the ACLU is comfortable with Ward Church calling all of their bretheren "Little Eichmans?" Are they not paying attention, or is the ACLU afraid of Ward Church and his ilk?


29 posted on 02/09/2005 8:34:05 AM PST by Diana in Wisconsin (Save The Earth. It's The Only Planet With Chocolate.)
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To: AdamSelene235

Is it just me or is everyone getting sick of the media attention this "waste of skin" is getting.


30 posted on 02/09/2005 8:34:19 AM PST by UpHereEh (Standing with the U.S.Eh!)
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To: AdamSelene235

sounds like the colorado legislature needs to look into the funding for this august institution. Like maybe a 35% cut or larger. I mean if they can afford this kind o faffluence, then something is very wrong in how they get their money.


31 posted on 02/09/2005 8:34:40 AM PST by camle (keep your mind open and somebody will fill it with something for you))
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To: AdamSelene235

You know, I think Churchill knows this is all one big joke. "Let's see how outrageous I can be and still keep my job, and see how many idiots actually buy it."


32 posted on 02/09/2005 8:34:43 AM PST by dfwgator (It's sad that the news media treats Michael Jackson better than our military.)
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To: dighton
Let me see......

It's a STATE-FUNDED University isn't it?

And, aren't the Board of Regents ELECTED BY THE PEOPLE as our REPRESENTATIVES?

Seems to me he is accountable to we citizens of the state of Colorado.........no???

33 posted on 02/09/2005 8:35:27 AM PST by moondoggie
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To: AdamSelene235
The "you" he's talking about are the 600 some students and supporters at the rally. I suggest his supporters stage bake sales and pay the nutcases' salary. Let him live off them for a while. Not us. They can support him in the style fitting for his type.

The parents who pay the taxes that keep the school open don't want him. And their voices will be heard. Here, and in the voter's booths for years to come.

"I do not work for the taxpayers of the state of Colorado. I do not work for Bill Owens. I work for you. . . .

34 posted on 02/09/2005 8:35:29 AM PST by GOPJ (Jacksonville and the NFL did us proud. Thanks for a great show.)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

>>>is the ACLU afraid of Ward Church and his ilk<<<

The ACLU is made up of a bunch of buffoons, I tried to get a job here in MA with the ACLU but they wouldn't touch me with a ten foot poll, they wouldn't even give me an interview! Bunch of wimps!


35 posted on 02/09/2005 8:36:39 AM PST by rockabyebaby (What goes around, comes around!)
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To: AdamSelene235

If the guy just acted a little contrite the whole thing would blow over. He just keeps quacking, quacking, quacking and won't admit he did anything wrong. He's going to his a** handed to him shortly.


36 posted on 02/09/2005 8:37:04 AM PST by dljordan
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To: AdamSelene235
Well, he's right. It's more like he works against the taxpayers.
37 posted on 02/09/2005 8:38:38 AM PST by Southside_Chicago_Republican (A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within.)
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To: dighton

This subcreep may not have a clear picture of where ANYTHING comes from. The stuff in the grocery store, why, the clerks made it in the back room, and automobiles are assembled out in the shop area behind the car dealership.

Banks print up all the money that is in circulation, and the ATM is simply the printer station.

Bullfrogs have a more nearly perfect understanding of how things work than this miserable excuse for a human being.


38 posted on 02/09/2005 8:39:56 AM PST by alloysteel ("Master of the painfully obvious.....")
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To: SiliconValleyGuy
I good way to "silence" him would be not to listen to anymore of his treasonous crap. You know the old saying about "if a tree falls in the forest and there's no one there to hear it........"

How do you plan to tell that to all the students who register for his classes?

39 posted on 02/09/2005 8:40:08 AM PST by NotJustAnotherPrettyFace
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To: AdamSelene235

What does it say about this university that they attract students like this?


40 posted on 02/09/2005 8:40:29 AM PST by OldFriend (America's glory is not dominion, but liberty.)
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To: AdamSelene235; Ernest_at_the_Beach

This is great. This fraud is burying CU and the other liberal universities with his current outbursts and past spewings.


41 posted on 02/09/2005 8:40:36 AM PST by Grampa Dave (The MSM has been a WMD, Weapon of Mass Disinformation for the Rats for at least 4 decades.)
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To: dljordan

Everytime he speaks, the alums close their wallets. The Regents will have to do something about this clown but fast.


42 posted on 02/09/2005 8:40:47 AM PST by AppyPappy (If You're Not A Part Of The Solution, There's Good Money To Be Made In Prolonging The Problem.)
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To: AdamSelene235
CU, too, had called off Tuesday night's appearance by Churchill. But several parties, including an ad hoc organization called CU Students, Faculty and Staff in Support of Ward Churchill, filed a motion for a temporary restraining order Tuesday morning in U.S. District Court, challenging the school's decision as an unconstitutional restraint of Churchill's free speech.

Somehow I get the feeling that if a conservative had been invited to speak, these are the same people who would be protesting the school's decision to invite him.

43 posted on 02/09/2005 8:41:14 AM PST by BlackRazor
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To: Southside_Chicago_Republican

If Colorado taxpayers have no problem with this, I don't.


44 posted on 02/09/2005 8:42:10 AM PST by gogeo (Often wrong but seldom in doubt.)
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To: AdamSelene235
I do not work for the taxpayers of the state of Colorado

Oh... Okay... Well, then I guess you won't mind if the taxpayers of the state of Colorado stop sending you a check, right?

45 posted on 02/09/2005 8:42:17 AM PST by ArmstedFragg
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To: AdamSelene235
Before the matter could be heard, however, student organizers met with CU officials during the day and reached an accord, permitting the event to go forward.

"They have completely capitulated," attorney Darold Killmer said, after the court hearing was averted. "They knew they were constitutionally wrong and I'm sure they knew they couldn't possibly win."

I read an article a while back talking about a poll showing that most students think the First Amendment goes to far. I think this crap right here shows that a misunderstanding of the First Amendment does take things too far. Why couldn't the professor go across the street and give a speech? Get on the radio? Because the idiot students think that Freedom of Speech includes location. If you can confine a group of protesters in a barbed wire cage with armed guards in downtown Boston, you can sure as heck kick this hippy prof off campus. If I thought Freedom of Speech included location, I'd say it went to far as well. Government isn't telling him what he can or cannot say.

46 posted on 02/09/2005 8:43:01 AM PST by rudypoot
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To: AdamSelene235

"What you are putting out will blow back on you, and that's what happened," he said.

So stop mewling about the unfairness of losing your job, you motherless crank.


47 posted on 02/09/2005 8:44:18 AM PST by Constantine XIII
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To: AdamSelene235
He raised one fist above his head, saying, "Power to the people"

That is like, sooo 40 years ago.

48 posted on 02/09/2005 8:45:08 AM PST by Alouette (Learned Mother of Zion)
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To: GOPJ

You can imagine what the brownies would be like at that bake sale!


49 posted on 02/09/2005 8:45:21 AM PST by 3AngelaD
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To: SZonian

Heck, just about everyone from East Tennessee can claim 1/16 native blood.

Color me unimpressed.


50 posted on 02/09/2005 8:47:02 AM PST by Constantine XIII
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