52 Wisconsin state legislators and 9 state senators have signed a letter demanding that the University of Wisconsin – Madison fire the 9/11 conspiracy believing instructor, Kevin Barrett. The adjunct instructor believes the US government conducted the events of 9/11 to foment war in the Middle East. The UW-M(oonbat) administration conducted a review of Mr. Barrett and decided his theories were acceptable to teach.
A letter sent Thursday and signed by 52 Assembly representatives and nine state senators condemns a decision to let Kevin Barrett teach an introductory class on Islam this fall.
UW-Madison Provost Pat Farrell launched a review after Barrett spoke last month on a talk show about his views that the terrorist attacks were the result of a government conspiracy to spark war in the Middle East. After the review, Farrell said Barrett was a qualified instructor who can present his views as one perspective on the attacks.
"I still have every expectation this will be a very positive educational experience for our students," Farrell said Thursday. "Some are upset about Mr. Barrett's viewpoints on 9/11 and don't want to pay much attention to what makes for a quality educational experience."
Republican Rep. Steve Nass said the lawmakers' letter, which called Barrett's views "academically dishonest," sends a strong message to top UW leaders.
"When 61 legislators condemn a decision by UW-Madison and demand the dismissal of Kevin Barrett, the leadership of the UW System operates at its own peril if it continues to ignore views of the taxpayers," Nass said in a statement.
Barrett has said Nass was "only interested in name-calling and witch hunting."
A quality educational experience apparently includes allowing Barrett a soapbox he can use to contaminate minds with utter nonsense. Because a government that can't keep the New York Times from publishing details of a top secret program is capable of conducting the orchestration of a devious plot to foment war and keeping it hidden from all but the Illuminati such as Mr. Barrett.
Uh. Sure. Someone might want to clue in UW-M(eathead) that academic freedom doesn't mean freedom from consequence. I suspect the next budget might suffer from the stance the university has chosen to take.
UPDATE: Same wire service story, but CNN has video. Also see Ann Althouse who has been following this story from the beginning. She teaches at Madison, of course, and is not at all happy with Barrett.