DATE: 2/15/2005 08:57:00 AM
Ward Churchill - Instapundit points to an excellent op-ed on academic freedom and affirmative action. Professor Churchill was seemingly a recipient of such a program - although it's becoming clear he lied about his ethnicity. Some are calling for the university to fire Churchill for recent outrageous comments about the victims of September 11. I don't believe he should be fired for what he said, but it's looking as though he may be fired for what he lied about - his academic credentials.
A firing under those circumstances would be justifiable. Academic fraud is serious. Thousands of honest academics work hard to create bodies of scholarship that allow them to move up in the ranks of their chosen profession. A huckster with made-up stories should not be allowed to occupy any position at a university. If the allegations about Churchill's scholarship are proven, then the man has taken through deceit what rightfully belongs to another hardworking professor and he should no longer be allowed to teach at the University of Colorado.