Friday, February 04, 2005

When did 'Congress' start meaning 'University of Colorado'?

The Belmont Club has posted about the upcoming review of Ward Churchill's future employment by the University of Colorado. Apparently, they are unlikely to fire the man for First Amendment reasons.

Just for kicks, let's read the First Amendment together:
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.
Unless the entire administration of the University of Colorado has been elected to Congress without my knowledge, and unless reviewing the suitability of a professor is a legislative action, I don't understand how this effects the decision at all.

Now, I don't think the man should be fired for saying something stupid. I think he should be fired for lying about his background to promote himself. But the University doesn't seem to care about fraud.