November 19, 2005

Looney academics, part 3765

Warren Community College freshman -- freshman -- Rebecca Beach had invited Iraq War veteran Lt. Col. Scott Rutter to a campus event organized by her to discuss the war on terror. But this irked professor John Daly, who vowed to intimidate Beach and any others who invited conservative speakers, and better yet stated that "Real freedom will come when soldiers in Iraq turn their guns on their superiors ..." Here's the full text of prof. Daly's e-mail:

Dear Rebecca:

I am asking my students to boycott your event. I am also going to ask others to boycott it. Your literature and signs in the entrance lobby look like fascist propaganda and is extremely offensive. Your main poster "Communism killed 100,000,000" is not only untrue, but ignores the fact that CAPITALISM has killed many more and the evidence for that can be seen in the daily news papers. The U.S. government can fly to dominate the people of Iraq in 12 hours, yet it took them five days to assist the people devastated by huricane Katrina. Racism and profits were key to their priorities. Exxon, by the way, made $9 Billion in profits this last quarter--their highest proft margin ever. Thanks to the students of WCCC and other poor and working class people who are recruited to fight and die for EXXON and other corporations who earning megaprofits from their imperialist plunders. If you want to count the number of deaths based on political systems, you can begin with the more than a million children who have died in Iraq from U.S.-imposed sanctions and war. Or the million African American people who died from lack of access to healthcare in the US over the last 10 years.

I will continue to expose your right-wing, anti-people politics until groups like your won't dare show their face on a college campus. Real freedom will come when soldiers in Iraq turn their guns on their superiors and fight for just causes and for people's needs--such freedom fighters can be counted throughout American history and they certainly will be counted again.

Prof. John Daly

By the way, Daly teaches English, which is scary enough considering his spelling and grammar! But, this is clearly an example of intimidation. I bet Daly feels all "rough and tough" picking on a female college freshman, eh? And once again, Daly is just another example of a nutjob leftist too insecure in his views that he cannot tolerate any disagreement to them. He absolutely has the First Amendment right to voice his views, but he does not have the right to intimidate one over which he has power (harassment, if there ever was any), nor the right to abuse his position as a teacher.

As I've written many times, good teachers (especially in humanties-related fields) keep their personal views to themselves, and encourage students to formulate and voice their own opinions. Daly, by contrast, is a disgrace. No -- I don't think he should be fired, most especially for his speech, but he should at least be reprimanded for intimidating/harassing a student merely for her political opinions.

In a hilarious twist, Ms. Beach has demanded "that Warren Community College President William Austin institute seminars on free speech and sensitivity to teach intolerant leftists, such as Daly, to be respectful of differing opinion." Just goes to show 'ya that leftist yammerings about "tolerance" and "diversity" do not mean views and opinions contrary to leftist beliefs.

The college's recent official statement on the matter is here.

Posted by Hube at November 19, 2005 07:26 AM | TrackBack

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Good story! The college had a timely and appropriate response- I applaud the president's statement. And it may be a sign the tide is turning.

Posted by: AJ Lynch at November 19, 2005 11:50 AM

I was also surprised by the response from the president, a little less surprised by the Board of Trustees' response.
Now if they can just establish which hiring policies resulted in a tyrant like Daly being hired maybe we can start reestablishing our colleges as seats of higher learning and not warrens for hate filled liberals.

Posted by: mikem at November 19, 2005 05:15 PM

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