Witch-hunters charge professor with heresy

The “trial” of Professor Anthony Hall. (Mike Mahon is the guy in the top hat.)

By Kevin Barrett, Veterans Today Editor

Academic freedom is being crucified at the University of Lethbridge, where Professor of Globalization Studies Anthony Hall is the target of a bizarre witch hunt led by President and Vice Chancellor Mike Mahon.

The ongoing persecution of Professor Hall for thoughtcrime has gone even further down the rabbit hole during the past few weeks, as Hall has finally been allowed to see the charges against him – charges that were debunked a few months ago when the Alberta Human Rights Commission (AHRC) found in favor of Professor Hall and against his persecutors.

But Mahon wouldn’t take no for an answer. He appealed the case, and the AHRC recently agreed to hear the appeal. Ecstatic, Mahon fired off a letter to all and sundry deceptively claiming that the AHRC “accepted” the appeal – without even mentioning their decision in favor of Professor Hall! This is just one of the lies and misrepresentations from Mahon. One of Hall’s faculty colleagues writes: “These misrepresentations (by Mahon) must be stopped.”

Among the many bizarre aspects of the case is that Hall never found out what he was charged with until last week, even though Mahon suspended him on October 4th, 2016! So not only was Professor Hall not given any chance whatsoever to defend himself, but he was not allowed to know what thoughtcrime he had allegedly committed. Nor was he informed when the AHRC found in his favor.

The national and local (Lethbridge) faculty associations are furious. Mahon’s dictatorial power play violates the procedures of governance laid out in the Faculty Handbook, and makes a complete mockery of academic freedom. It may be the most absurdly arbitrary and capricious attack on academic freedom in the whole history of the North American academy.

Now Mahon is appealing the AHRC’s pro-Tony-Hall ruling and has finally made the charges public. Here is the summary of the thoughtcrimes of Professor Anthony Hall:

The charges seem to have been prepared by someone who is barely literate. “Democratically elected countries” ?!   How can a country be democratically elected?!  Look again at charge c:

(Neocon Zionists) are responsible for improperly and illegally controlling the heads of democratically elected countries and elected politicians including the countries of Germany, Canada and the United States.

I taught college-level writing for almost two decades, and would never have even graded a paper with a sentence like that in it. It would have been returned to the student for a rewrite.

The English 101 student would also have been required to eliminate the unnecessary repetition of item d, which merely re-states item a.

And what an amazing charge that is! The writer apparently thinks that it is just fine to blame Muslims for terrorist events without even looking at the evidence. But those of us who carefully research the evidence surrounding such events as 9/11, Charlie Hebdo, etc. and conclude that these are false flag events by the Zionist enemies of Muslims, are apparently committing thoughtcrime.

What we have here is the persecution of a highly-esteemed college professor who backs his assertions with logic and evidence, by someone who couldn’t pass English 101 or Remedial Critical Thinking. Such “charges” would boggle the imaginations of Franz Kafka or Lewis Carroll.

Let’s break down this elementary logical fallacy, sometimes known as “the fallacy of alleged certainty” or “assuming the conclusion.”

Argument: “Everybody knows Muslims did 9/11, so those who blame someone else must be prejudiced against whomever they blame.”

Description: Asserting a conclusion without evidence or premises, through a statement that makes the conclusion appear certain when, in fact, it is not.

Logical Form:

Everybody knows that X is true.

Therefore, X is true.

Academicians are not allowed to just assume things are true. (That includes controversial things like assertions about 9/11 and the holocaust.) They are required to hash out their many differences through rational-empirical argument. If his colleagues have a problem with Professor Anthony Hall’s ideas, they must refute them. If they can persuasively show that Professor Hall is wrong, he must withdraw or modify his assertions.

But that has not happened. Why not? Because Hall’s controversial interpretations are backed up by voluminous evidence, which would become better known as the result of any serious debate. So his persecutors seek to silence him by calling him names, while avoiding any actual rational-empirical debate on the issues they raise.

I have proposed to Professor Hall that a series of seminars be held in which the six charges against him (actually five charges and one repetition) be subjected to scholarly analysis and careful debate. These seminars will feature professors and Ph.D. level scholars who believe that academic freedom requires the academy to police itself by carefully and thoughtfully considering even the most controversial ideas.

Are the above-listed statements that purport to summarize Professor Hall’s “illegal” assertions about terrorism, immigration, the deep state, and blackmailed politicians defensible as they stand? If not, how might they be rephrased to make them defensible?

Polls show about 80% of Muslims reject the official account of 9/11.  Are their beliefs – despite being backed by logic and evidence – illegal in Canada?

Obviously what we need here is debate, discussion, and rational-empirical argument by qualified scholars – not shaming, censorship and witch-hunts by people who need to work on their writing and thinking skills.

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  1. It is clear from the piece in the screenshot that the university is trying to fit the charges so as to correspond to the wording of the Alberta Human Rights Act which reads as follows:

    3(1) No person shall publish, issue or display or cause to be published, issued or displayed before the public any statement, publication, notice, sign, symbol, emblem or other representation that

    (a) indicates discrimination or an intention to discriminate against a person or a class of persons, or

    (b) is likely to expose a person or a class of persons to hatred or contempt

    If the Alberta legislation is interpreted so broadly as to prohibit the kinds of things that Professor Hall has been saying, then it must be struck down. Section 2b of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms protects freedom of expression, which can indeed be limited according to Section 1, but only within such reasonable limits as can be demonstrably justified in a free and democratic society.

    If the Alberta legislation can legitimately muzzle Professor Hall then it can also legitimately muzzle anyone who repeats the official narrative of what happened on 9/11, as this is likely to expose Muslims to hatred and contempt. Surely the Alberta Human Rights Act cannot be interpreted so broadly as to prohibit citizens from expressing belief in the official narrative of 9/11.

  2. Universities, Academics and scientists are set up to create the fake reality they designed for a long time.

  3. What will be interesting are the rules of evidence. What will and wll not be allowed. The Ernst Zundel trial comes to mind. We know who is paying the prosecution’s bill. The Canadian tax payer. How will Prof. Hall pay his?

  4. http://libertyfight.com/2016/dancing_israelis_lawyer_throw_off_anti-semitic_professor.html
    by Martin Hill
    “A similar civil rights lawsuit alleging violation of due process, physical and mental abuse, and many other violations was filed against Ashcroft and other government agents by Ibrahim Turkmen, a Muslim man who was arrested after 9/11 and held at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn NY. (This is the same jail where the 5 Israelis were held). Turkmen V. Ashcroft was filed by the Center for Constitutional Rights. Five out of seven on the plaintiffs eventually agreed to settle the case with the government, who paid the men $1.26 million dollars. Here is a document from that case and an interview with Turkmen’s lawyer. Ironically, Judge John Gleeson heard both the Israeli case and the Muslim case. If the Muslims could settle their case and receive compensation for what they suffered, why couldn’t the Israelis?”

  5. This came up using Bing.com:
    https://canarymission.org/professors/joy-karega/University: Oberlin, Louisville
    Organization(s): BDS, SFP (SJP)
    Close Connection(s): Robin D.G. Kelley
    “Joy Karega [Joilynn Karega-Mason] was an untenured assistant professor of rhetoric and composition at Oberlin College (Oberlin), a
    Joy Karega
    Occupation: Professor
    National Liberal Arts College based in Ohio, until she was fired from her position in November 2016. The details surrounding this incident follow below.
    Karega is a supporter of the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement and was an organizer for Students for a Free Palestine (SFP), an affiliate of Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP), on the Oberlin campus.
    She received a Ph.D. from the University of Louisville in 2014.
    Karega’s Anti-Semitism on Facebook”

  6. I put in the phrase below in the search engine. Numerous articles labeling Joy Karega as anti semitic are brought up but any which might be positive are scrubbed. One example is listed below with the result. Another one by James Tracy was scrubbed.

    Joy Karega Today

    ” Tag Archive Veterans Today
    http://www.veteranstoday.com/tag/Joy Karega
    Joy Karega Zionists launch “holocaust denial” smear into U.S. Presidential campaign by Kevin
    Barrett on August 16, 2016,ajamu baraka, VeteransToday (VT).”
    Result of clicking on above search engine result:

    “Not found!
    This is somewhat embarrassing, isn’t it?
    It looks like nothing was found at this location. Maybe try a search?”

    It had even been rigged where I couldn’t even copy and past the description from the search page; I had to write it out..

  7. The paranoid communist spirit of Stalin is haunting US academia from the middle 1950s and well into 21st century. Had 9/11 not been a live in-time TV transmission event (like Reichstag fire) there could have been some doubts about it, but 2001 is a year where you can hide very little or nothing. The post 9-11 wars speak for itself, they are the ultimate justification of what Neocons did to America on 9-11. Doc Brown and Marty McFly could answer the 9/11 riddle. A kid with a laptop can do it, and today’s kids are as if born with laptops and androids. Pre-school kids can get an idea of what happened on 9/11, they don’t need to go to highschool or university to get it. Western academia is on the brink of collapse, no matter how often Five eyes club regularly meetings will start to abound. The more sophistically the official story is being hidden and transformed, the more and longer it will stink, such is the nature of such fabricated events. It is better that is discussed rather than it is silenced while being known by everybody. Like some article here suggested that US officials will reveal only events from very distant past (like 50 or 100 years ago) that cannot affect them or their policies anymore. Well, the US academia cannot wait anymore in this case. Telling the 9-11 truth is indeed a matter of national and worlwide security.

  8. Looks like we have a new Inquisition board in all universities now. Did you ask the Pope to tell us about this ?

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