Letters to the Editor

Butz has no place at NU

This weekend, two Danish embassies in Syria and Lebanon were burned to the ground because of extremists who continue to be offended by a series of cartoons which ran in a Danish newspaper depicting the Prophet Mohammed, which violated Islamic law. The events of the past week have forced us to take a close look at the most basic American right of freedom of speech.

Enter Professor Arthur Butz. I’ve never met Professor Butz, but I have heard of him, as I’m sure many Northwestern students have. In an article published Friday in the Chicago Tribune, Professor Butz acknowledged that he agrees with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad – who may or may not have kidnapped Americans in 1979 – that the Holocaust did not take place.

Professor Butz congratulated President Ahmadinejad on becoming the first head of state to speak out clearly on these issues and posted it all on his Web site, which is provided by NU.

NU should not support this type of racist ideology on its property, virtual or otherwise.