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Cowardly Professors' Hypocritical Orwellian Accusations of "McCarthyism"

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Submitted by Amendment9 (Israel), Apr 22, 2006 at 18:26

How pathetic that radical middle eastern and even American professors in U.S. universities, who have been spewing forth their hatred of Israel as a proxy for hatred of ALL Jews, now run and cower the minute they are challenged to provide even the most minute semblance of balance in their classrooms. They hide from serious debate on the historical reality of mid-east history, hiding behind the coattails of "academic freedom", and then dare to accuse those who would justifiably call them to task for their outrageous and willful falsification of history.

I wish they had known my favorite high school history teacher who was fond of quoting Voltaire's famous dictum: "I despise what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it." This wonderful TEACHER - in the finest sense of the term - used to set us up in debates on historical issues and encourage us to take sides OPPOSITE to that of our personal views. Some of these professors literally could not have, so-to-speak, carried his bookstraps.

If our universities have been reduced to mere soap-boxes for propaganda, instead of fulfilling their traditional role of teaching us HOW to think, not WHAT to think, then our civilization is for all intents and purposes ALREADY "toast." We have reached the point where the TRUE McCarthyites, those who would stifle debate and intimidate students into fearing to express opposing viewpoints in the classroom, actually accuse of "McCarthyism" anyone who would dare call them to task for this, then hide behind the tenure of their mommies' skirts and cry that their so-called "academic freedom" is being threatened. It would be laughable if it were not so pathetic.

The original purpose behind the concept of "tenure" is supposed to be to keep academics from being threatened with firing if they express unpopular opinions. This has somehow morphed into a situation in which, perceiving no restrictions on them, they take "license" to use their platforms for pure propaganda. Anyone who has spent even a modicum of time in Israel understands that the radical Islamists have unleashed a religious war against ALL Jews, where ever they live in the world, not just Israelis in Israel, and that this war has been going on for over one hundred years. It is NOT about land, but it is about a theological posit of superiority on the part of the Islamists, who insist that hey are ordained by "Allah" to rule over all of mankind, with all non-Muslim "infidels" as inferior "dhimmi."
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