Harvard President Lawrence Summers quickly apologized when feminists took umbrage at remarks he’d made. He had suggested that there are innate mental differences between men and women.
Colorado U’s Professor Ward Churchill also has made some remarks that offend. But Hamilton College in Clinton, New York refused to cancel an upcoming lecture by Churchill and has issued a statement saying the college is committed to “the free exchange of ideas.”
What did he say?
Here’s a report on an infamous essay by Churchill that led some to question the wisdom of having him speak at Hamilton:
“The essay contends the hijackers who crashed airplanes into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon on Sept. 11 were ‘combat teams,’ not terrorists.
“It states: ‘The most that can honestly be said of those involved on Sept. 11 is that they finally responded in kind to some of what this country has dispensed to their people as a matter of course.’
“The essay maintains that the people killed inside the Pentagon were ‘military targets.’
“‘As for those in the World Trade Center,’ the essay said, ‘well, really, let’s get a grip here, shall we? True enough, they were civilians of a sort. But innocent? Gimme a break.’
“The essay goes on to describe the victims as ‘little Eichmanns,’ referring to Adolph Eichmann, who executed Adolph Hitler’s plan to exterminate Jews during World War II.”
But don’t expect an apology from Mr. Churchill.