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IT WOULD BE tempting to pity Ward Churchill, if he were a more sympathetic character. It seems that whenever he opens his mouth these days, someone gets upset. Churchill, a professor of ethnic studies at the University of Colorado at Boulder, became engulfed in national controversy in early January, when an essay he wrote three years ago came to light. In the essay, he compared victims of the September 11 attacks to Nazi functionaries who were appropriate targets for retaliatory violence. Since then, there have been cries from politicians (including Colorado’s governor), academics, and pundits (led by Fox News’s Bill O’Reilly), demanding that Churchill be fired. Colleges where he was scheduled to speak have cited "security threats" as reasons to cancel his engagements; commentators and politicians have called him "vile" and a "bigoted terrorist supporter" whose speech should not be protected by the First Amendment... Download file "Warding off attack"