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My Camera Editorial Advisory Board comment published on March 28, 2009, in response to the Camera’s question: Former CU professor Ward Churchill is suing to get his job back, saying he was unfairly targeted for controversial remarks he made post-9/11. CU contends he is a plagiarist with poor academic integrity. Do you think he should get his job back?

Ward Churchill should not get back his job as a CU ethnic studies professor. CU conducted a lengthy investigation and appeals process showing academic freedom and First Amendment rights are alive and well at CU. Churchill’s cries of violations of these in his firing are nothing more than red herrings. The cards weren’t stacked against him. Instead, he simply received what he deserved for plagiarism, fabrications of history, and ghostwriting and failing to reference the differences between his opinion and fact.

Churchill’s court case is nothing more than an effort to regain his classroom bully pulpit for his agenda. And, as long as he can drag out his issues in court and the media, he’s having a heyday at CU’s expense.

What I find odd is Churchill has little regard for his academic peers’ outcome but thinks his non-academic peers will understand better whether his actions were standard academic fare or misconduct. As they consider the issues, I ask members of the jury to put aside the tears of Churchill’s wife, Natsue Taylor Saito, as she described in court how terrible their lives have been since her husband’s 9/11 essay. Instead, if they want to remember any tears, I ask them to think of those shed for the innocent men, women and children killed by the terrorist attacks, attacks Churchill suggested they deserved.

*This title was not part of the Camera publication.

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