Ward Churchill Yanked from UO Conference

The University of Oregon has canceled an appearance by University of Colorado professor Ward Churchill, who has come under a McCarthyist-style attack from the right wing for an essay about the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. [ 9/11 investigation page ]

Churchill, an ethnic studies professor, was scheduled to appear at an April 1 conference on race and immigration issues in the post-Sept. 11 era. The UO's Wayne Morse Center for Law and Politics yanked him off the schedule, thanks to the braying of right-wing radio and TV personalities such as Bill O'Rielly, Lars Larson, and others.

Say what you will about Churchill -- I take issue with him myself. What is happening here is nothing less than a full-frontal attack on free speech and the right of dissent. The right wing is succeeding at shutting down and marginalising a vocal critic of the Bush administration and the policies of U.S. imperialism. I don't agree with everything Churchill says, and I'd be willing to argue with him myself over the "Eichmann" comment.

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