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    Dark Days in US Academe http://groups.yahoo.com/group/foracademicfreedom/ Roosevelt University of Chicago, IL has fired a philosophy and religion professor for
    Message 1 of 1 , Jun 2, 2006
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      Dark Days in US Academe
      http://groups.yahoo.com/group/foracademicfreedom/


      Roosevelt University of Chicago, IL has fired a philosophy and
      religion professor for allowing students in his class to ask questions
      about Judaism and Islam. The chair of the department, Susan Weininger,
      fired the professor, Douglas Giles, saying that students should not be
      allowed to ask whatever questions they want in class. Weininger
      ordered Giles to censor his curriculum, restrict his students'
      questions, and to not respond to controversial questions or comments
      from students.

      Weininger said that free discussion in world religions could "open up
      Judaism to criticism." Any such material, she said, was not
      permissible to be mentioned in class discussion, textbooks, or
      examinations. Further, she ordered Giles to forbid any and all
      discussion of the "Palestinian issue," any mention of Palestinian
      rights, the Muslim belief in the holiness of Jerusalem, and Zionism.
      When Professor Giles refused to censor his students, Weininger fired him.

      The Roosevelt Adjunct Faculty Organization (RAFO) filed a grievance on
      behalf of Giles citing the faculty contract forbidding the university
      from restricting academic freedom. Roosevelt University Associate
      Provost Louis Love denied the union's claim saying that Weininger was
      entitled, as department chair, to set a professor's curriculum and
      that this was not an academic freedom issue, but a "pedagogical
      issue." RAFO has appealed the ruling to arbitration, confident that
      Prof. Giles' academic freedom was violated and an impartial arbitrator
      would find this so.

      This case is just one example of a growing trend of right-wing
      attempts to censor the academic freedom of professors and students.
      Here, a department chair who called all Palestinians "animals" and
      says college religion courses should teach that only Jews have a
      legitimate claim to the land of Israel, has fired a professor whose
      only "sins" were refusing to teach a biased class and allowing open
      discussion in his classroom. This can NOT be allowed to stand!

      Students of Professor Giles have started a Yahoo Group to connect
      activists nationwide who want to help us force Roosevelt University to
      end censorship and reinstate Giles. More information is available at:
      http://groups.yahoo.com/group/foracademicfreedom/

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