Tuesday, November 24, 2015

#HookEmCommonSense: U.T. Administration ACTUALLY Gets One RIGHT!!!

"Render therefore to all their due: taxes to whom taxes are due, customs to whom customs, fear to whom fear, honor to whom honor."
Romans 13:7

[Author's Note: Not to let him off the hook too easily, Randy Diehl's fingerprints are all over this tuition increase.]

Last week, we reported on the anti-Semitic lynch mob that wreaked havoc in a class at U.T. ten days ago.  Considering the history, we didn't think anything good would come from the administration's response.  We stand corrected:
Amidst the current controversy concerning the disruption of an academic lecture sponsored by the Institute for Israel Studies, I want to reiterate my deep admiration for the work of Professor Ami Pedahzur and the Institute for Israel Studies in conducting courses and public programming that represent the highest standard of academic discourse and dispassionate reasoning and research on a controversial subject of enormous importance. Students and faculty of every background, including Palestinians and Israelis alike, have enthusiastically received Prof. Pedahzur’s courses and his supervision of undergraduate and graduate research.
Although reviews are still ongoing, I wish to emphasize that there are places on campus for responsibly discussing disagreements. Disruption of a visiting scholar’s invited academic lecture violates principles of academic freedom and free speech that are crucial to our mission as a great university.
Randy L. Diehl
(h/t LegalInsurrection via Pushjunction)
Well...we certainly weren't expecting THAT response!!!

Bottom Line: We still think the students should be expelled, but this statement in support of the Israeli professor is a VERY good start; in words we never thought we would publish on this website, kudos to Greg Fenves and Randy Diehl....

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