F.I.R.E. and Academic Freedom

The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, F.I.R.E., along with A.A.U.P., are the most courageous and effective organizations in the United States that defend academic freedom. They are in the vanguard of insuring the rights of academicians to teach and express extramual utterances without draconian persecution and intimidating sanctions. F.I.R.E. reproduced a recent op-ed that I wrote on my suspension and determination not to be silenced.

Doctor Alan Charles Kors, professor of history at the University of Pennsylvania, was the founder and is chairperson of this organization. This esteemed conservative American was appointed by President George H. W. Bush and confirmed by the United States Senate as a member of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Doctor Kors and F.I.R.E. were heroic, courageous and indomitable in defending my academic freedom and vigourously defending my rights as a tenured professor and as an American to express controversial and provocative positions. What makes their advocacy even more admirable in my case is the generally conservative nature of their activities in supporting students and others from the “alleged” transgressions of political correctness.

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