.- Catholic League president William Donohue says University of Colorado professor Ward Churchill should be fired for his philosophy and rhetoric, which are both anti-Jewish and anti-Christian. While some faculty defend Churchill on the grounds of free speech and academic freedom, Donohue argues that Churchillâs views are not appropriate for an institution of higher education, whose main mission is the search for truth.
âHigher education does not exist so that all ideas can be exchanged freelyâthat can be done in a bar. Itâs purpose is the pursuit of truth,â says Donohue.
âErgo, Ward Churchill should be fired not because his ideas are offensive, but because he is incompetent. This is a classic case of academic malpractice,â he states.
According to a press release issued by the Catholic League, Churchill gained media attention when he remarked that âthose who died in the World Trade Center bombing were âlittle Eichmansâ who deserved it,â and when he suggested that âit may be that more 9/11s are necessary.â
Churchill is on record for accusing early Christian colonists of committing âgenocideâ against the American Indians â resulting in the loss of â100 million indigenous peopleâ â and calling it a âholocaustâ that is âunparalleled in recorded history.â
Donohue says this claim is astounding since historians estimate there were no more than 10 million American Indians living in the current territory of the United States at the time of the European arrival. He cites political scientist Guenter Lewy in saying that as many as 90 percent of the deaths were the direct result of disease. âThe Indians had no immunity from contagious diseases like smallpox,â says Donohue.
Churchill also claims that Israeli Jews are guilty of committing âgenocideâ against the Arabs and is also âbent on trivializing the Holocaust,â says Donohue. The professor claims that Jewish writers âare engaged in a conspiracy to suppress evidence of other historical examples of genocide; he calls them âHolocaust exclusivists,ââ Donohue says.