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Submitted by Gunther Schiff (United States), Nov 28, 2006 at 14:20

In my view there is nothing wrong with a candidate for appointment as a professor at a university having strong views on political or academic subjects. It is when a candidate is so married to his view that it is fair to decide from a reading of his published and public statements that his mind is closed to oppoising views that the applicant professor should be denied the job.

The post of Universtity Professor should not be a pulpit for disseminating of strongly held views, unless the professor will accept the right of his students to have contrary views, and will consider such views and deal with them on an intellectual and unbiased basis.

Gunther H. Schiff

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