Saturday, March 08, 2008

Holy man

The acolytes at the Ward Churchill Solidarity Network compare Wart to Desmond Tutu:

Ward Churchill’s case is of national significance because it illustrates the lengths to which the right-wing will go in attempting to discredit professors who challenge the status quo.

Even Nobel peace prize winner Desmond Tutu isn’t immune.

They link to this from the February 14 Minnesota Daily:
Last year, South African civil-rights leader Desmond Tutu was scheduled to speak at the University of St. Thomas to high school students about "turning enemies into friends." Wanting to avoid controversy from a 2002 statement Tutu made against Israeli occupation of Palestine, the St. Thomas administration revoked the invitation.

When St. Thomas political science professor Cris Toffolo registered her discontent with the administration's decision, she was dismissed as director of the Justice and Peace Studies program.
You might remember Tutu's comment:
“People are scared in this country [U.S.], to say wrong is wrong because the Jewish lobby is powerful, very powerful. Well, so what? This is God‘s world. For goodness sake, this is God‘s world. We live in a moral universe. The apartheid government was very powerful, but today it no longer exists. Hitler, Mussolini, Stalin, Pinochet, Milosevic, and Idi Amin were all powerful, but in the end, they bit the dust.”
So Tutu and Churchill differ only in that Tutu would have a piece of that cake Ward urged Muslim students at UC-Irvine to eat (and ate himself--scroll to bottom)--it would just be a little piece.

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