Saturday, April 23, 2005

Academic Despotism, Brit Style

Britain's Association of University Teachers has voted to boycott two Israeli universities, presumably because they represent an island of intolerance in a sea of muslim free thinkers.

In a demosntration to Israelis of how free democratic debate is conducted:

A jovial executive union meeting heard unanswered orations by Sue Blackwell and Shereen Benjamin, both lecturers at Birmingham University.

The speeches were met with rapturous applause from the audience, before AUT executive president Angela Roger cut short the session and moved to deny a right of reply to opponents of the motions. The session was then directed towards a vote, and a "lack of time" was cited as the reason preventing challenges to the motions from being heard.

According to the AUT
website, its members are very unified, diverse and strong. Just not Jewish.