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Besides really irritating a lot of people, University of Colorado professor Ward Churchill's essay on the causes of the World Trade Center attacks has put a media spotlight on the issue of freedom of expression on college campuses.
This in itself is a very good thing. Whatever one's opinion of the content of Churchill's essay (and some of the logic does sound highly suspect to me), he was well within his rights to release a controversial analysis of the attacks into the academic community. This ability to participate in an unrestricted exchange of ideas is called academic freedom, and it must be protected... Download file "Academic freedom ever important"