Wednesday, February 16, 2005

Richard Brookheiser here on that flaming asshole Ward Churchill, and how Churchill's gloating about 9/11 may get him fired.

Before we grapple with academic freedom, we must set to one side the question of free speech. If Ward Churchill said “little Eichmanns” at a meeting of 9/11 firefighter survivors, those would be “fighting words,” i.e., words likely to provoke a fight. If he said “little Eichmanns” and it was a registered trademark of Wal-Mart, that would be infringement of copyright. If he said, “The next time you want to really kill some little Eichmanns, here’s the secret passage to the West Wing of the White House” and then told Osama bin Laden, that would be treason. If he said, “How’d you like to handle my little Eichmann?” while leaning over a stage to take a $20 bill in his G-string, and if he said it near a public school or residential neighborhood, that would be obscenity. If he said “little Eichmanns” and Adolf Eichmann were still alive and could show that he was not a public figure, and that his reputation had been damaged by the remark, that would be libel. Otherwise, Ward Churchill—and every other American, Cherokee or paleface—can stick his head up his anus as far as his collarbone.

2 Comments:

At 7:30 PM, Blogger Dan said...

you suck

 
At 7:40 PM, Blogger Dan said...

nu uh

 

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