Monday, February 28, 2005

Homespun Symposium XV

This weeks question comes from Derek at Weapon of Mass Distraction.

Harvard University president Lawrence Summers has been criticized, and may have jeopardized his job, for stating that the gender gap in the sciences and engineering may be due to inherent differences in the way men and women think.

Meanwhile, Colorado University is weighing a possible buyout offer to professor Ward Churchill in the wake of his condemnation of the World Trade Center victims on 9/11 as "Little Eichmanns". The university, apparently fearing an expensive lawsuit, is hesitant to fire Churchill, who has been denounced for years by Native American groups for falsely claiming Indian heritage and recently exposed by Michelle Malkin and others for passing off the works of others as original art.

Should these men be protected for exercising their rights of free speech? Does an employer have the right to terminate an employee for statements that are contrary to the employer's beliefs? Are these cases similar?

As we do every week, send an email with a permalink to your response to marvin at marvinhutchens dot com and it'll join the list of responses below.


Homespun Responses

Mud and Phud
Weapon of Mass Distraction
Dagney's Rant
Major Dad 1984
Ogre's Politics and Views
Stand Up and Walk
Being Thomas Luongo