Saturday, November 04, 2006

Librarians Object to Vandalism of Ward Churchill's Book, but Don't Notice That Churchill Advocates Vandalism!

Although Ward Churchill supports vandalism against private property and even advocates terrorist murder, the librarians at the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota are indignant because a patron tossed a copy of the tenured Plagiarist's book, On the Justice of Roosting Chickens, into the toilet.

The librarians are upset because someone violated a "social contract" when he vandalized Wardo's terrorist manifesto.

I agree that vandalism of public property is wrong; still, the outrage of librarians over such minor vandalism is ironic since Ward Churchill advocates destroying entire businesses and even the human lives.

The librarians turned a blind eye to Churchill's views on vandalism. They just said his book was "controversial"!

Churchill says that drawing a "line in the tactical sand" that embraces "property damage" but excludes murder is "arbitrary." [Ward Churchill cited in the forward of Steven Best’s Terrorists or Freedom Fighters: Reflections on the Liberation of Animals.]

Bulletin News reports:

Library today: Vandalism in the library

From UST Libraries

A custodian recently found a copy of Ward Churchill's On the Justice of Roosting Chickens in a toilet in the men's restroom of the Charles J. Keffer Library on the Minneapolis campus. The book had been taken from the library's New Books area and was dropped accidentally or intentionally in the toilet.

This book and its author are controversial, but anyone hoping to deny the community of the possibility of reading it will be disappointed – the library will replace the book as soon as possible. The UST libraries hold the freedom to read as one of our highest values. To quote from the American Library Association Freedom to Read statement: "We, as individuals devoted to reading and as librarians and publishers responsible for disseminating ideas, wish to assert the public interest in the preservation of the freedom to read" (read the entire statement). [See full text of article here.]

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