Skip to comments.Lawmakers denounce Churchill
Posted on 02/02/2005 11:04:57 AM PST by NorCoGOP
State lawmakers on Wednesday denounced comments by a University of Colorado professor who compared victims of the World Trade Center terrorist attacks to Nazis, saying his remarks were "evil and inflammatory."
The House unanimously approved a resolution saying remarks by professor Ward Churchill in a three-year-old essay had struck "an evil and inflammatory blow against America's healing process."
The resolution, introduced by Rep. Ted Harvey, R-Highlands Ranch, also proclaimed support for victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
"I want to make sure this body stands firm in support of the victims of 9-11," Harvey said.
Churchill's essay and follow-up book, "On the Justice of Roosting Chickens: Reflections on the Consequences of U.S. Imperial Arrogance and Criminality," attracted little attention until his planned appearance Thursday at Hamilton College in New York state triggered protests.
The college canceled the appearance this week, citing death threats against Churchill and school officials. Churchill resigned Monday as chairman of CU's Ethnic Studies Department but retained his job as a professor.
He did not immediately return a telephone message seeking comment Wednesday.
In a statement released Tuesday, Churchill said was not defending the Sept. 11 attacks, "but simply pointing out that if U.S. foreign policy results in massive death and destruction abroad, we cannot feign innocence when some of that destruction is returned."
Some lawmakers on Wednesday called for the Legislature to cut funding for the Ethnic Studies Department, saying Churchill has a right to free speech but taxpayers do not have to subsidize his views.
"Maybe if his funding goes away, he will as well," said Rep. Bill Cadman, R-Colorado Springs.
The university's Board of Regents plans to meet Thursday to discuss Churchill's status.
The Colorado chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union is not involved in the case because no official action has been taken against Churchill, legal director Mark Silverstein said.
"Certainly the First Amendment protects his ability to write freely and speak freely, especially when the writing in question occurred outside his classroom duty," Silverstein said.
WHEREAS, The tragedy of September 11, 2001, marked one of the darkest days in American history; and
WHEREAS, The terrorist attacks cost more than 3,000 innocent people their lives; and
WHEREAS, The pain of the families who lost loved ones in the September 11, 2001, attacks is immeasurable; and
WHEREAS, The healing process for those who lost a family member in the September 11, 2001, attacks is still ongoing; and
WHEREAS, It is important for the people of Colorado to aid in and support that healing process; and
WHEREAS, Professor Ward L. Churchill's essay, "Some People Push Back: On the Justice of Roosting Chickens" related to the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, strikes an evil and inflammatory blow against America's healing process; and
WHEREAS, Professor Churchill's essay contains a number of statements and contentions that are deplorable and do not reflect the values of the people of the State of Colorado; and
WHEREAS, Professor Churchill's essay, which claims that the victims at the World Trade Center were not innocent, states, "As for those in the World Trade Center, ... well, really, let's get a grip here, shall we? True enough, they were civilians of a sort. But Innocent, Gimme a break." And Professor Churchill goes on to compare the innocent victims of the September 11, 2001, attacks to Adolph Eichmann, the man who executed Hitler's plan to exterminate the Jews during World War II; and
WHEREAS, The sentiment of these statements strikes at the hearts of those who lost a loved one in the World Trade Center attack; and
WHEREAS, The victims at the World Trade Center were innocent in every sense of the word and should always be remembered as innocent victims of an unprovoked attack on America; now, therefore,
Be It Resolved by the House of Representatives of the Sixty-fifth General Assembly of the State of Colorado, the Senate concurring herein:
(1) That the General Assembly expresses its heartfelt sympathy for the victims of the September 11, 2001, tragedy and their families; and
(2) That the General Assembly commemorates the lives lost during the September 11, 2001, attacks.
Be It Further Resolved, That copies of this Joint Resolution be sent to University of Colorado President Elizabeth Hoffman, the University of Colorado at Boulder Chancellor's office, the University of Colorado Board of Regents, and University of Colorado at Boulder Department of Ethics Chairman Ward L. Churchill.
Ethnic Studies, I believe.
WHEREAS, Ward L. Churchill is a flaming, evil psychopath of the most loathsome and dangerous sort, we move to cancel his membership in the human race and faculty parking space.
Wouldn't surprise me if the bufoon was the "ethics" chair.
Personally, I hope he keeps his job and continues spewing his vile, verbal diahrehha. This would help continue the implosion of the Left as more and more people hear what is truly in the hearts of these people. The only people who would come to his aide are like minded people. Everyone else would want to keep their distance.
Who's stopping the bastard from speaking?
This kind of bastard loves the attention, negative or otherwise.
I was waiting for the CO legislature to take issue with the academic turd that is Ward Churchill.
"Maybe if his funding goes away, he will as well," said Rep. Bill Cadman, R-Colorado Springs."
Defund these left wing lunatic professors across the nation, and they will just fade away!
Wasn't in the public eye.
The silence from the Left is deafening.
Where's the "Free Speech" crowd on this?
Couple of questions:
1) Why dont they go ahead and defund all these so-called Ethnic Studies departments? They seem to be little more than a haven for people who hate this country and I dont want my tax dollars, through federal educational loans and grants to students, to pay for this kind of traitorus bile.
2) Would my kicking this guys keister if I ever meet him be considered a form of free speech (like burning the flag on the part of idiots) and if so, wouldnt it be protected by the Constitution as free speech?
3) Has the legislature ever heard of the term 'run on sentence'?
A day late and a dollar short, I would say.
Wouldn't that be hate speech? Doesn't Colorado have laws against hate speech?
I think it is time everyone gets a pass on free speech. Time to give Trent Lott, the late Strom Thurmund, this guy and anyone else who says something stupid.
The exception are people who are, have been, or aspire to power like POTUS, or other positions.
And they can take Women's Studies, "Gender" Studies, LBGTQ Studies, and Peace Studies with them! They're the downfall of American universities.
this Churchill..who is a real liberal Ass....is a real pos who didn't take back anything he said about the innocents that were killed on September 11th. A real work in progress, folks......a true enemy of the state.
The First Amendment does not guarantee any entitlement to a salary for continuing to say or write what he believes. You can say what you please, but if you piss off your employer, you may become unemployed.
I wish he had come out and said he voted for Kerry.
He looks like an evil Manson hippie. Which he is.
He can say or write anything he wants outside the classroom?
Uh. . .Professors are paid to publish. That's how they get their tenure.
We all should also watch who embraces this weasel (no insult intended to actual weasels) and shine the light on such groups.
Real intellectual tolerance for diversity there, huh?
Towards the end of this article, he states "What gives me hope is that people are imbued innately with consciousness and you can potentially reorder that to arrive at an understanding of what needs to be done. Once the understanding is there, the capacity to do what necessary is obviously present." Meaning, he hopes to be able to 'reorder' people's thinking in order to get them to overthrow the US government. He's a first-class left-wing agitator of the worst sort. He's frightening.
Do you recall that some ten years ago, a study was done of University of CO faculty, and it was found that some 98 percent were "registered Democrats"? And the Democrats won a Senate seat AND a House seat in CO on Nov. 2, 2004.
There is special circle of Hell for the likes of Churchill and his ilk:
Which will it be?
Circle 9B where he'll be lampooned for eternity by the acerbic heroes of a lower Manhattan Ladder Company as he turns crispy on the spit?
Circle 9.9 where he wanders in a vast wasteland of xeroxed snapshots, endlessly looking at each face, only to find that each lost soul is actually him?
Circle 99 where, as in Dante's vision, traitors go to the depths of the Abyss, it will be a..."round of rain, eternal, cursed, cold, and falling heavy, changing beat, unchanging quality"...only in Churchill's case it should be raining people and he can have a long chat with Herr Eichmann.
And now he has a state house resolution breathing down his neck. Good! It's high time this overpaid gangster got a pink slip.
Seems the longer the title, the less worth reading things are these days.
Bill O'Reilly had on the widow and son of a WTC 9/11 victim--the guy is a student at Hamilton where Churchill was scheduled to speak and that started an email campaign to the University. Media attention got focused and Churchill stepped down as Chair of the department and then Hamilton cancelled his appearance citing security concerns.
Churchill is also going to be fired from his teaching gig. :o)
Is that for real? Can you provide a link please?
I would love for it to be so.
Colorado's governor has told the University of Colorado president that a controversial professor who compared terrorist attack victims to Nazis should be fired.
Governor Owens says he's spoken with CU President Betsy Hoffman, telling her he believes the school has grounds to terminate Ward Churchill's employment.
.....No one wants to infringe on Mr. Churchill's right to express himself. But we are not compelled to accept his pro-terrorist views at state taxpayer subsidy nor under the banner of the University of Colorado. Ward Churchill besmirches the University and the excellent teaching, writing and research of its faculty.
Ideas have consequences, and words have meaning. If there is one lesson that we hope that all Coloradans take from this sad case - and especially our students - it is that civility and appropriate conduct are important. Mr. Churchill's views are not simply anti-American. They are at odds with simple decency, and antagonistic to the beliefs and conduct of civilized people around the world. His views are far outside the mainstream of civil discourse and useful academic work.
His resignation as chairman of the Ethnic Studies Department was a good first step. We hope that he will follow this step by resigning his position on the faculty of the University of Colorado.
Apparently you missed today's edition of DUmmie FUnnies. The professor has a lot of backing.
He has the right to say what he wishes, no doubt. But there has never been the right to a job. Deal.
I think it's frightening that there are people just like him at every university in the country. They dug in the late 60's and early 70's and they think they are secure behind the walls of academia.
The Internet has taken them by surprise and we may beat them yet.
When you take an oath to "guard and protect the Constutution against all enemies, both foreign and domestic," I understand how you guard against foreign enemies.
Exactly how are you supposed to guard against domestic enemies, other than with lawsuits and free speech?
Did the founding fathers have another remedy in mind, other than the occasional revolution?
This is the anti that I have been hearing about on the
Colorado radio station.
If Gunny Bob and the next program with Caldera are on tonight, there is little doubt that they will cover these latest news reports.
KOA 850.com I think, Bob will be on at 7 pm, Caldera at
10 pm, they have said you can listen on the computer.
If this is a sports night, they could be bumped.
Worse than Churchill's words, is on the sound tracks that Bob played last night, the crowd that was there, agreed with him.
It is ugly and I hope that it does shine the light on these so called teachers.
I say let Churchill keep flapping his lips. How many young people do you imagine became more conservative after hearing about Churchill's statements. When an ass is proving himself an ass, it's best to get out of his way and let him finish the job.