The Columbia ‘Protest’
THE jitters which has gripped a few Columbia professors at they sense the indignation throughout the country against the use of school-rooms to preach disrespect for the American form of government is a good sign!
IT IS THE TRUTH THAT HURTS!
And the panicky little group, who have signed a request to the McCormack-Dickstein Committee to “investigate” this rising wave of denunciation, thinking thus to stop it, will find their work cut out for them.
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THESE disturbed professors have grabbed the banner of “academic freedom” and tried to hoist it, claiming that the Hearst newspapers by their crusade against the infiltration of our schools and colleges with Communistic teaching, are repressing the teacher’s freedom.
NOTHING OF THE SORT!
There is no freedom, academic or otherwise, to sow disloyalty to our country in the minds of our youth.
There is no academic freedom which embraces the teaching of Communism or any other seditious doctrine aiming at the violent overthrow of the United States Government.
The law has seen to that!
The dilemma of the Columbia professors is a question for the Trustees of the University, who have its good name and reputation in their keeping, rather than for a committee of Congress.
But if the McCormack-Dickstein Committee can find the time and opportunity, with their other heavy labors, to write a separate chapter on COMMUNISM AT COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY, we shall be grateful to it, in common with loyal Americans the nation over.
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THE Hearst newspapers have diligently sought to bring the American people to a realization of what is being done in their midst by Communists and the dupes and tools of Communism, with subtle and insidious propaganda.
We have striven to collect and present the evidence of un-American activities wherever we have discovered it.
Much has been accomplished, but much remains to be done.
The co-operation of the McCormack-Dickstein Committee in this patriotic labor would be welcome, together with such unwitting aid as part of the Columbia faculty has rendered by its action in the present instance.
EXPOSURE — PITILESS EXPOSURE — THE FULLEST AND MOST COMPLETE EXPOSURE, is the only way to combat secret and sinister propaganda — aimed at American principles and institutions, and the very EXISTENCE OF THE UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT ITSELF!
Rochester Evening Journal (Rochester, New York) Dec 28, 1934