Just a black-and-white issue? 2

April 7, 2006

The suspension of Frank Ellis by Leeds University reflects the weakness of the academic community as it submits to institutional mob rule.

Those who condemn Ellis should disprove his assertations, not seek to ban him or condemn his views as "abhorrent". A tightly knit group of politically motivated fanatics and "anti-racist" zealots cannot be allowed to undermine the purpose of a university.

Hanif Lebabi, the spokes-man for Unite Against Fascism, condemned a book he has not read. There is no "Bell Curve theory", only a book of that name. It is not for his group to decide which ideas can be discussed.

The modern book-burners must be resisted. Ellis must be supported on principle in a landmark case with serious implications.

Angela Pinter
Via e-mail

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