"Free Exchange on Campus" Coalition Aims to Silence Dialogue on Academic Freedom · 23 March 2006

By Sara Dogan--SAF--03/24/06

A radical coalition sponsored by the teacher unions and other left-wing groups and calling itself "Free Exchange on Campus" has launched a campaign of lies and distortions to oppose the Academic Bill of Rights and the Academic Freedom Movement. These are the same special interest organizations who have been attacking the Academic Bill of Rights for the past three years using the same misrepresentations and blatant falsehoods that we have exposed countless times.

The FAQ on their website merely repeats the same tired and previously refuted accusations. We are therefore answering this latest version of the same by referring interested parties to our previous responses.

For explanations of why the Academic Bill of Rights is not a partisan campaign, why it does not restrict free speech, and how it is actually designed to promote the free exchange of ideas, see David Horowitz's Response to the AAUP: here

For explanations of why David Horowitz wrote the Academic Bill of Rights and why it was not originally intended as legislation, as well as an account of the AAUP's campaign of deception, please see David Horowitz's article "The Strange Dishonest Campaign Against Academic Freedom": here

For rebuttals to the claim that we "manufacture complaints" please see our file on the University of Northern Colorado case: here

For rebuttals to the claim that the ABOR is designed to "shut down 'controversial' materials and classes please see David Horowitz's article "The Strange Dishonest Campaign Against Academic Freedom": here

For a rebuttal of the claim that the ABOR would require the teaching of creationism please see numerous letters in our Replies to Critics section: here

For examples of university policies that don't adequately protect students' academic freedom see Existing Academic Freedom Regulations: here

For a rebuttal to the claim that the ABOR would prevent students from being challenged, please see letters in the Replies to Critics section of our website: here

For a rebuttal to the claim that abuses of academic freedom are rare see our online academic freedom forum: http://www.studentsforacademicfreedom.org/comp/default.asp

And David Horowitz's testimony before the Pennsylvania Select Committee: here

For a rebuttal to the claim that the ABOR requires a "balance" of viewpoints or faculty see David Horowitz's response to the AAUP: here

For a rebuttal to the claim that the ABOR requires professors to "represent all views in their teaching" please see numerous letters in our Replies to Critics section: here

For a rebuttal to the claim that David Horowitz's book The Professors constitutes an "enemies list" see our press release responding to these falsehoods: here

And David Horowitz's Article, "Willful Misunderstanding": here

See also the website http://www.dangerousprofessors.com/

For the real agendas of the Free Exchange on Campus Coalition see our recent press release: here