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Monday, November 28, 2005

Another Cockroach Rushes to Avoid the Light

John Daly, a community college professor who supports the fragging of American troops (also known as "fratricide") has resigned as professor of the college. This disgusting view of his came to light after attacking a conservative student over e-mail on her views after it became known of a speech she was working to put together. Here's the full original story if you wish to read it. There are many aspects I want to address involving this story, so I guess I'll start at the beginning.

HERNDON, Va., Nov. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Warren Community College English professor, John Daly, said that "Real freedom will come when soldiers in Iraq turn their guns on their superiors." Rebecca Beach, a freshman at Warren Community College in Washington, New Jersey, received this unexpected reply to a recent email she sent the faculty at her school announcing the appearance of decorated Iraq war hero, Lt. Col. Scott Rutter, on Thursday, November 17 to discuss America's accomplishments in Iraq.

In the email, Daly told Rebecca that he will ask students in his English and writing classes to boycott the event and also vowed "to expose [her] right-wing, anti-people politics until groups like [Rebecca's] won't dare show their face on a college campus." Daly's mean spirited and hateful comments were directed at Rebecca for organizing Lt. Col. Scott Rutter and for hanging up fliers contrasting the number of people killed under communism to those liberated under Ronald Reagan.

So much for academics all being for intellectual freedom and free thought. As is the case with many universities in this country (not necessarily my own) the academics are only for free speech as long as they agree with what is being said--otherwise, it has no place in a setting where debate and enlightenment are the principle reasons for its existence.

Michelle Malkin copied the full text of the e-mail at the end of her post about this incident. It's your usual "Bushitlerhalliburton" leftist crap and I'm not even going to bother with legitimizing his screed with any sort of response. Needless to say, it's all false and easily proven as such. The biggest quote from the e-mail is where the Mr. Daly advocates the suicide of the military.

Real freedom will come when soldiers in Iraq turn their guns on their superiors and fight for just causes and for people's needs -- such freedom fighters can be counted throughout American history and they certainly will be counted again.

When as it EVER been counted on for American troops to kill their own officers to "fight for freedom?" Nevermind that anyway; what's with the "let's kill our own troops" statement? Don't you DARE question his patriotism... you might expose him and his ideology for what it is: anti-patriotic.

So after this big thing happened, the community college convened an emergency meeting after word of the e-mail made it to local and national outlets. This is probably largely due to the Internet and the folks at the Young American's Foundation. You can find the full coverage of this incident on their site. They also have a picture of Rebecca Beach and she's pretty cute! ;)

Ahem. Getting back to the lunacy, here's the official statement of the college:

Warren County Community College has always maintained its commitment to our students to provide a quality education. A recent event attracted national attention this past week. Statements were sent by an adjunct instructor to a student in response to her e-mail.

The College became aware of the impact of the instructor’s comments when it was inundated with local and national opinions from the public. Responding to that, the Board of Trustees and administration moved as quickly as possible to review and address the issue. A board meeting was scheduled for last night to present the issue to the Board; however, while the administration was preparing for that meeting, the adjunct instructor Mr. John Daly submitted his resignation. The Board of Trustees voted to accept his resignation at last night’s meeting.

President Dr. William Austin made clear that the community college is now reviewing and drafting tolerance policies for all employees and we will include this training in our next staff development day.

President Austin also appeared this morning on Radio WRNJ 1510 AM to assure the community that the College will move forward with a sense of enlightenment and resolve with its education mission and also apologized to all whom might have been offended by the incident. He added that, “We are fortunate to have so many brave men and women fighting for our freedom. This Thanksgiving is an opportune time to thank them for their courage and pray for their safe return.”

It's good they decided to hold a hearing about this professor's conduct. Nobody so utterly incapable of critical, rational thought should be in any kind of position to teach higher education to college students. No. They shouldn't be allowed to teach anything to anyone ever. This is not a close-minded "I hate free speech" type of comment either. I say that because such people do damage to those learning from them rendering many of them incapable of distinguishing between real critical thought and mindless paranoia because they are listening to mindless paranoia from someone they are assuming thinks critically.

Had this professor thought his views were critically thought out and rational, he would have fought tooth and nail. Instead, he sank away back into darkness because legitimate criticism (that is, rationally thought out and objective criticism) of his views and his actions completely destroy his argument.

My guess is he'll get offers to teach in at least 4 ivy league schools, and at least 3 California Universities (Berkley comes to mind).