Professors blame U.S. for terrorism
Young America's Foundation documents controversial comments
By Jon Dougherty
One of the liberties enshrined in the U.S. Constitution is the freedom to speak one's mind, even if those comments may be offensive to most everyone else.
But some Americans, including one conservative outreach organization, believe the comments of a number of college professors – who have taken to blaming the United States for the Sept. 11 attacks in New York City and the Pentagon – are more than offensive. They may actually be harmful to the war effort, according to the Young America's Foundation, a Herndon, Va.-based group that promotes conservative ideas on the nation's college campuses.
"We agree that everyone has the right to speak freely in this country, and thank God for that," Rick Parsons, a spokesman for the group, told WND. "However, these professors' comments seem to represent what most college professors believe – that America is at fault for the terrorist attacks."
Among the quotes gathered by the group:
University of Texas professor Robert Jensen has written that the terrorists' acts were "no more despicable than the massive acts of terrorism … that the U.S. government has committed during my lifetime."The quotes "show what we've said all along – that most college professors are biased – politically and ideologically," Parsons said. "They are promoting these ideas to their students. We want everyone to know what these students are hearing in their classes.
"These are public quotes, but who knows what else the professors are saying in class," he said.
While admitting the group had not spoken to any college students regarding the comments about the war made by professors, Parsons said such comments "could hinder our ability to fight this war if enough students take the positions of these professors" and begin widespread protests.
The Young America's Foundation sponsored over 300 campus lectures across the nation during the past academic year. Speakers included Ann Coulter, now a WND columnist, as well as ABC's John Stossel and Ben Stein.