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Friday, August 04, 2006

Shifting Principles

I'm getting a kick out of the University of Wisconsin, and it's handling of Kevin Barret, the moonbat "Intro to Islam" professor I blogged about a few weeks ago (here).

Remember back when UW decided that "academic freedom" was more important than the truth when they decided to keep him as an associate professor? Well, oddly, they are now asking him to shut the hell up to the media, and quit making a big deal of his affiliation with the University.

In fact, they've told him; according to Jessica McBride, and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ; that he could be dismissed if he continues to make public statements to the media about this theory.

Evidently we've now found the pressure point for the UW system, it's bad publicity. You can apparently teach whatever you want in the name of academic freedom. However, if you make it publicly known what you are teaching, and it gives UW a black eye, then you may face punishment.

My guess, and this is only a guess, is that some deep pocketed donors to the University may have decided they didn't like Barrett, and told the Provost as much. Again, speculation, but I believe that facing the loss of grant money and donations that fund many programs, the Provost was put between the proverbial rock and hard place on how to deal with his new media darling.

In a related story, the Ozaukee County Board decided to withhold funding next year to the extension campus equivalent to the amount of money Barrett will be paid as a lecturer for the University. Board members decided that the "Blame America First" fringe shouldn't be funded by the taxpayers, and a few of the board members are asking all 72 counties in the state adopt similar resolutions.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Loose Change, Wayne Barrett and the 9/11 Scholars are only
covering half of the truth, which turns it into a limited hangout.
Same to the Vanity Fair-NORAD negligence hangout.

The rest is documented here:

If anyone agrees please sign the following petition at:

3:52 PM  
Blogger Crazy Politico said...

Wow, by the number of replies (0), I'd have to guess very few agree with you.

8:24 PM  

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