[Updated May 2] Is David Horowitz’s A.B.O.R. Opposed to Academic Freedom?

David Horowitz, the nation’s most vituperative and significant conservative critic of higher education, denounces the recent effort to prevent the firing of Professor Ward Churchill for his provocative writing on the attacks of September 11, 2001 and spurious charges of research misconduct.

A.B.O.R. is an acronym for Academic Bill of Rights that was written by Mr Horowitz to bring more ideological “neutrality” and “balance” to academe. It would appear that he supports the firing of tenured full professor Ward Churchill who is a progressive intellectual and one can question how comprehensive is the right’s alleged crusade for academic freedom? It would appear to exclude those on the left or those who diverge from the world view of the FrontPageMag.com editors and supporters. Also he castigates all of the supporters as “The Worst of the Worst” on the homepage of FrontPage. That depiction by the way was lifted from Laura Ingraham’s ad hominem imprimatur on the cover of the The Professors: The 101 Most Dangerous Academics in America:

“Academia’s most egregious offenders unite to defend Ward Churchill.” Perhaps Mr Horowitz would like to amplify why myself and others are placed in such a category. Perhaps it is due to ideological animus against progressives who denounce American state terrorism, preemptive criminal wars, and blind loyalty to Israel.

Professor Ward Churchill, a victim of conformist impulses in higher education

This is the article they linked and from which they reproduced in full the story and the image by Ernest Hopf.

It should be noted, however, that Mr Horowitz has debated both Professor Churchill and myself on either the war in Iraq or on the meaning of academic freedom. He is not adverse to engaging progressives in direct colloquy but does not appear zealous in affording them the same academic freedom protection he claims are denied conservative academicians and students.

Maybe Emerson could be “revised” in which his criticism becomes a virtue:

“A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds.”


“A little consistency enhances credibility when demanding academic freedom.”

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