Wisconsin Law Professor Ann Althouse has several posts on an Introduction to Islam course to be taught at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. As part of the syllabus the lecturer, Kevin Barrett, proposes to teach 911 denial:
''The physics of those collapses clearly could not have resulted from plane crashes and jet fuel fires with office materials.'' Barrett says jet fuel does not burn hot enough to melt steel, and says recent tests on melted steel from the building prove his theory that it was wired to collapse, by the Government.
Barrett says the Bush Administration is fooling the American public with the Adolf Hitler 'Big Lie Technique'... ''Tell them a little lie and they'll wonder about it - weapons of mass destruction in iraq was a relatively little lie - and people are getting called on it.'' Barrett says. ''Tell em a big lie like 9/11 and they have a huge resistance to questioning it.''
University Provost Patrick Farrell calls the view "unconventional" and cites the Bascom Hall plaque that calls for the "continual fearless sifting and winnowing of ideas."
If there is to be a "sifting and winnowing" then why doesn't Farrell appoint a committee of the Engineering Department at the University of Wisconsin to issue an engineering report? Why doesn't the Wisconsin Engineering Department take it upon itself to issue a technical refutation?
Will Wisconsin permit Holocaust denial to be taught? How about "The Protocols of the Elders of Zion?" Voodoo and witchcraft? AIDS in Africa planted by the CIA?