Friday, July 14, 2006

Concerning Nass

I'll side with the Wisconsin State Journal on this:
"But UW bashing is becoming a gleeful sport for too many lawmakers. And it always seems to be open season.

"The latest and worst example is Rep. Steve Nass' over-the-top bellowing.

"Nass, R-Whitewater, is entitled to his opinion that part-time UW-Madison lecturer Kevin Barrett should be fired. A lot of people agree with Nass on that point.

"And this newspaper certainly agrees with Nass that Barrett's conspiracy theory - that America attacked itself on Sept. 11, 2001 - is ridiculous.

"But Nass has lost his bid to fire Barrett. UW- Madison officials carefully looked at the facts. They considered Barrett's academic credentials, his past performance and - most importantly - how little he was incorporating his ideas into a class about Islam...

"Instead, Nass fired a fresh salvo at UW and threatened retaliatory budget cuts if university administrators don't follow his orders.

"All of this over a single reading to be assigned in one class taught by a part-time lecturer who is paid $8,000.

"How about a little perspective!"


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