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Thursday on Fox News Channel’s “The Kelly File,” Harvard Law professor Alan Dershowitz offered a reaction to the recent string of college campus protests, including at the University of Missouri and the so-called “Million Student March” that took place earlier in the day.
The Harvard professor described these protests and their unwillingness to accept a “diversity of ideas” as a “curtain of McCartyism” and “the fog of Fascism.”
Transcript as follows:
KELLY: Joining me now, Alan Dershowitz, a Harvard law professor and Yale Law School graduate who himself has experienced a tense experience on a college campus recently. He’s also author of the new book “Abraham: The World’s First (But Certainly Not Last) Jewish Lawyer.”
Great to see you, Professor. So —
DERSHOWITZ: Thank you.
KELLY: So, let’s — all right. I think the viewers know where I stand on this. I’ve made it very clear. However, let me take the position of a young woman we just saw. We have rules and corporations that say, you can’t talk a certain way and work here. They say why can’t we have those same rules on college campuses? You can’t talk that way, you can’t say those things. Because this is an institution, this is a place where you shouldn’t have to be subjects to that.
DERSHOWITZ: Well, this is the same people who claim they’re seeking diversity. The last thing many of these students want is real diversity. Diversity of ideas. They may want superficial diversity of gender. Superficial diversity of color, but they don’t want diversity of ideas. We’re seeing a curtain of McCarthyism descend over many college campuses. You know, I don’t want to make analogies to the 1930s but we have to remember that it was the students at universities who first started burning books during the Nazi regime. And these students are book burners. They don’t want to hear diverse views on college campuses.
When I went to speak at Johns Hopkins University, there were protests. It was said that because I won’t acknowledged that Israel commits crime against the Palestinians, I am, quote, “harassing students” and violating the ethical standards of John Hopkins University. By expressing my opinion, I am harassing students. This has become a very serious problem not only in American universities, but in universities around the world, as well. And it is influencing and having a terrible impact on the education of students.
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