Professor Krauss Writes of Academic Freedom and the Questions Raised by the Al-Arian Case
"As university professors, we value academic freedom, acknowledging -- as did the authors of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP)'s influential 1940 Statement of Principles on Academic Freedom and Tenure -- that liberty has meaning only in relation to its being 'fundamental to the advancement of truth,'" write Professor Michael I. Krauss and cowriter J.
Peter Pham in an article examining the controversy over the
firing of University of South Florida Professor Sami Al-Arian, who entered a guilty plea to conspiracy to procuring funds, goods, or services to or for the benefit of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad, a Specially Designated Terrorist [Organization] in violation of law.
Tenured Radical No More, TCS Daily, May 12, 2006.
By J. Peter Pham and Michael I. Krauss.
"If AAUP and Al-Arian's academic fellow travelers were as concerned about 'the advancement of truth' as they profess to be, they might reflect on the judge's words. In 2002, Salon Magazine wrote that the only question raised by Al-Arian's firing was whether a university could 'punish controversial speech by one of its professors.' No, Salon, that's not quite it. The only question raised by the Al-Arian firing is whether the academics once duped by this dangerous terrorist will have the courage to admit the truth. If they don't, what good is their tenure?"