Saturday, December 01, 2007

Answer feared

Daniel Treiman of the staunchly liberal Jewish Daily Forward notes Ward Churchill's appearance at UC-Davis:
Two things are (particularly) troubling: First, that this crank who sees the victims of 9/11 as the villains (Nazis even!) is being sponsored by the campus’s mainstream Muslim group. (Although this isn’t the first time Churchill has found an eager audience among Muslim students on a California campus.) Second, that the only two groups that bothered to protest were the pro-Israel and Republican student clubs. Are Churchill’s views any less offensive to campus Democrats and students who aren’t pro-Israel activists? (I sort of fear the answer to this question in a campus — and general political climate — in which every issue becomes partisan and polarized.)

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