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Monday, February 7, 2005
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Patriotism & dissent
Guest: 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."
Unrest over Villanova plaque removal
Guest: Father Richard Malloy

After being criticized by The Factor and others, Villanova University has decided to remove a plaque honoring a professor who killed her 6-month old baby, then committed suicide. However, some people are angered by the university's change of heart. Father Richard Malloy of St. Joseph's University defended Villanova's original decision. "I sympathize with Villanova," Father Malloy told The Factor. "You had a tragic situation where a woman killed herself and her baby. I don't think putting up this plaque signified that Villanova was not for life. It was acting like a family. A family comes together and tries to do something in response to a tragedy."
National Guard unit scandal in Iraq
Guest: Fox News military analyst Col. David Hunt

A National Guard unit in Iraq was involved in an embarrassing episode where female soldiers mud-wrestled while their male colleagues cheered them on. Fox News analyst Col. David Hunt criticized the troops for being careless and irresponsible. "There's a war on terror going on," Hunt said. "What would have happened if these soldiers had come under attack? You cannot have this kind of thing and then the next day go out and do your job. The unit knows better, and the whole chain of command is responsible. The leaders should be punished, from the top down."
African-Americans and racism
Guest: Professor Amy Wax, University of Pennsylvania

University of Pennsylvania professor Amy Wax is being criticized for suggesting that black Americans should take more responsibility instead of blaming racism for the quality of their lives. "There's no question that slavery and discrimination have caused harms," Professor Wax said, "but the harms they have caused can't really be corrected by outsiders. African-Americans who study hard, who get married, who work steadily and obey the law--they are making it." The Factor concurred with Professor Wax's general premise. "I think African-Americans have a much tougher time of it, but I agree it can be done."
Art vs. advocacy
Guests: Radio host and author Michael Medved & David Sterritt, film critic, Christian Science Monitor

According to some observers, Clint Eastwood's "Million Dollar Baby" overtly advocates assisted suicide. Radio host and author Michael Medved is among those who object to the movie's message. "This is totally over to one side where assisted suicide is a good thing. It's described by the narrator as an heroic act." David Sterritt of the Christian Science Monitor disagreed with Medved's assessment. "To me the theme is that sometimes people have to make agonizing decisions." And The Factor agreed with Sterritt. "The assisted-suicide theme doesn't come in excessively, and I didn't think it was one-sided. It includes a logical argument as to why euthanasia is not acceptable in the eyes of God."
Potential parental eavesdropping law?
Guest: Carmen Dixon, parent

The state of Washington is considering a law that would allow parents to eavesdrop on their children's telephone conversations. The background is a case in which Carmen Dixon overheard her daughter's boyfriend admit he had mugged an elderly lady. The case was thrown out when the court did not allow Dixon?s testimony. "I did it because she was a troubled teen," Dixon told The Factor. " We did everything we could to find out what was going on with her life." Dixon also expressed her view that the proposed law makes perfect sense. "When they're minors and in our homes, we should be able to do whatever it takes to make sure they're not getting in trouble."
Book Mentions
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Right Turns: Unconventional Lessons from a Controversial Life
by Michael Medved