“Fellow academics” call prof “master of the obvious.”

Headline: Prof calls fellow academics ‘sanctimonious bigots’

The nutshell: a University of Illinois professor criticized Muslim human rights violations in a letter, and asked a bunch of other professors to sign it. Many of those other professors had already signed a similar letter attacking Israel.

Almost none of them agreed to hold Muslim nations to the same standard they expected of Israel.

The story:

Prof. Fred Gottheil told Front Page Magazine that he compiled a list of 675 email addresses from 900 signatures on a 2009 petition…urging the U.S. to abandon its ally, Israel. Prof. Gottheil discovered that six of the signers, who hailed from more than 150 college campuses, were members of his own faculty.

“Would these same 900 sign onto a statement expressing concern about human rights violations in the Muslim Middle East, such as honor killing, wife beating, female genital mutilation, and violence against gays and lesbians?” he wondered. “I felt it was worth a try.”

The results? “Almost non existent,” he told Front Page editor Jamie Glazov. Only 27 of the 675 “self-described social-justice seeking academics” agreed to sign Gottheil’s Statement of Concern — less than 5 percent of the total who had publicly called for the censure of Israel for human rights violations.

Good for those 27, at least. I wonder if we could get a list of names? Which academics, from which institutions, agreed or refused to sign?

Posted by The TrogloPundit.

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