Bill Owens, Governor, Colorado
"The Denver Post has reported that radical University of Colorado professor Ward Churchill has actually called for more 9/11's. It's now clear the state of Colorado will have to take action against the professor, who has deeply embarrassed the university. But not everybody feels that way. The personal attacks on me have dramatically increased since we broke the story nationally. There's no question that if Churchill had attacked a minority group or women he would have been shoved out a long time ago. But attacking America is now acceptable in many circles, even if the attacks condone violence against US citizens. So how have we gotten to this place? The answer lies in the clustering of anti-American voices in academia and in the media. There are powerful people who see America not as a victim of terrorism, but as the cause of it. Ward Churchill is the extreme in this misguided club, but he is no longer acceptable--thanks to you."
Colorado Governor Bill Owens joined The Factor to discuss the Churchill controversy. "I've called for him to be terminated," Governor Owens said, "because his words and actions are inconsistent with what we stand for in Colorado." Governor Owens claimed that anti-Americanism on campus is a national problem. "For too long we've allowed universities to function in a vacuum. We as Americans need to do a better job insuring that our cultural norms are available on campuses, and in many cases they're not. How far have we gone in this country that you're allowed to call for more murder?" The Factor previously felt Churchill should not be fired, but feels there now are grounds for dismissal: "This guy has embarrassed Colorado. If he's calling for the murder of American citizens, you simply can't have him."