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April 21, 2014

Andrew Silow-Carroll: Passoverkill? Suggestions to make next year's seders even more culturally sensitive

Sara Israelsen Hartley: Seeking the Divine: An ancient connection in a new context

Christine M. Flowers: Priest's execution in Syria should be call to action

Courtnie Erickson: How to help kids accept the poor decisions of others

Lizette Borreli: A Glass Of Milk A Day Keeps Knee Arthritis At Bay

Lizette Borreli: 5 Health Conditions Your Breath Knows Before You Do

The Kosher Gourmet by Betty Rosbottom Coconut Walnut Bars' golden brown morsels are a beautifully balanced delectable delight

April 18, 2014

Rabbi Yonason Goldson: Clarifying one of the greatest philosophical conundrums in theology

Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

Lizette Borreli: Green Tea Boosts Brain Power, May Help Treat Dementia

John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

The Kosher Gourmet by Julie Rothman Almondy, flourless torta del re (Italian king's cake), has royal roots, is simple to make, . . . but devour it because it's simply delicious

April 14, 2014

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer: Passover frees us from the tyranny of time

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

Cameron Huddleston: Freebies for Your Lawn and Garden

Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

Dana Dovey: Up to 500,000 people die each year from hepatitis C-related liver disease. New Treatment Has Over 90% Success Rate

Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

The Kosher Gourmet by Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon Don't dare pass over these Pesach picks for Manischewitz!

April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

Susan Scutti: A Simple Blood Test Might Soon Diagnose Cancer

Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

The Kosher Gourmet by Diane Rossen Worthington Whitefish Terrine: A French take on gefilte fish

April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review March 1, 2005 / 20 Adar I, 5765

Free Speech failing on campus

By Jack Kelly


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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | The saga of Ward Churchill illustrates why there is no greater consumer fraud in America today than "higher" education.

Churchill was until recently the chairman of the department of ethnic studies at the University of Colorado. He resigned the post after it came to light that he had likened those killed in the World Trade Center on 9/11 to Nazi war criminals.

Churchill's sentiments are not rare on college faculties these days, but most such anti-American drivel passes below the public's radar. Churchill had the misfortune of having his remarks come to the attention of Fox News' Bill O'Reilly, who took umbrage, as did his audience.

The uproar has brought to light other facts about Churchill that are embarrassing to the University of Colorado.

Churchill's academic credentials are poor. He has BA and MA degrees from Sangamon State University, a diploma mill in Springfield, Ill., but not the PhD normally considered de rigueur for a full professor.

CU bypassed normal procedures to grant Churchill tenure. It wasn't because of his scholarship. Thomas Brown, a professor of sociology at Lamar University, said Churchill made up "facts" in a paper he wrote asserting the Army intentionally created a smallpox epidemic among the Mandan tribe in 1837, and then attributed these "facts" to sources which said nothing of the kind. University of New Mexico law professor John Lavelle said Churchill made up stuff in an article on federal law concerning Indian lands.

Lavelle also accused Churchill of plagiarism, and the CBS affiliate in Denver reported that Churchill has sold mirror images of Indian art work created by others as his own.

Churchill was hired and promoted because he claimed to be a Cherokee Indian. The Cherokees say he isn't, and researchers for the Rocky Mountain News have been unable to find a drop of Indian blood among his ancestors.

Churchill is still a professor at CU, but Colorado Gov. Bill Owens wants him fired, and the regents are considering it.

Churchill says his First Amendment right to free speech is being violated.

But this claim is as phony as Churchill's Indian heritage and his scholarship. The First Amendment says the government can't put you in jail for what you say. But nothing in the constitution guarantees you the right to a $96,000 job at taxpayer expense. If I were to write in this column that the editor of the newspaper where I work is an idiot, the government wouldn't put me in jail. But I'd soon be unemployed.

Some 200 professors at CU have bought a newspaper ad demanding that the inquiry into Churchill be dropped. "It's going to be extremely difficult, if academic freedom is on the block, for us to hire and keep good faculty members," said Margaret LeCompte, an education professor.

But Churchill's defenders are highly selective in defending free speech, as the controversy over Lawrence Summers at Harvard illustrates.

At a conference in January, Summers noted that despite vigorous efforts to recruit women for vacancies, the faculty in the hard sciences and higher mathematics remained overwhelmingly male. Summers speculated that this might in part be due to a difference in cognitive skills between men and women. Men, he said, are more likely to be either math geniuses or math dunces, while mathematical reasoning skills are more evenly distributed among women.

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MIT Biology professor Nancy Hopkins said she was made ill by the remarks, providing a real life example of the misogynist stereotype of the little woman with the vapors. Andrea Peyser, an idiot who writes for the New York Post, said Summers had said men were more intelligent than women. That was not at all what he said, but Peyser's inability to follow Summers' argument lends support to the thesis as she stated it.

As it happens, researchers at the University of New Mexico and the University of California-Irvine have demonstrated through a study of brain scans that men and women do process information differently.

Churchill is lionized for saying vile and untrue things about his country and countrymen. Summers is hounded for saying something non-pejorative that is demonstrably true. This is the status of free speech on campuses today.

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