Friday, April 08, 2005
Godwin's law and Ward Churchill: The lawyer for Ward "Little Eichmanns" Churchill has invoked the famous Internet rule on Nazi analogies in his defense of his client. (Apparently the irony of it all is lost on the lawyer.)
A lawyer for the professor whose remarks about Sept. 11 victims touched off a firestorm wants officials to clarify how they intend to prove he is an American Indian, asking if they plan to use "the Nazi standard for racial purity."
A University of Colorado faculty committee is investigating whether professor Ward Churchill should be fired over allegations he plagiarized others' work, and that he falsely claimed to be an American Indian to give his work more credibility.
"Do you wish to employ the Nazi standard for racial purity? Do you wish to employ the standard adopted by the United States government for determining Japanese ancestry in order to qualify for internment?" attorney David Lane asked in a letter dated Monday to acting chancellor Philip DiStefano.
I think most of Churchill's critics, myself included, would be mighty impressed if the professor could prove he has one drop of Native American blood. If he only has to go back four or five generations to find it, I'd be surprised.