Academic Cheerleaders for Terrorists

By Candace de Russy
American Thinker
November 23, 2009

Raymond Luc Levasseur served twenty years in federal prison for leading the United Freedom Front, a radical anti-government group notorious for its violent “protests” against U.S. foreign policy in the ’70s and ’80s. Its members were charged with the murder of a New Jersey state trooper, the attempted murder of a Massachusetts state trooper, several other assaults on law enforcement officers, eight Boston-area bombings, and a series of armed bank robberies.

In spite or even because of Levasseur’s heinous acts, academics at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst recently saw fit to include him in its annual Colloquium on Social Change: Radical Democracy and the Moral Economy [whatever that means] on Social Change, an event designed to showcase radicals of ’60s vintage. The purpose of this year’s colloquium was to “examine how ideas about social justice have shaped American lives with speakers who represent distinctly different radical challenges to American society.”

Never mind that Levasseur’s notions of social justice cut short the life of state trooper Philip Lamonaco, caused many others great suffering, and visited destruction on various military reserve and recruiting centers. Paramount in the mind of historian Robert S. Cox, the colloquium’s organizer who brought the terrorist to campus, was the golden opportunity presented by Levasseur to shed light on what leads a revolutionary to violence.

Although that talk was canceled due to public outcry, faculty members from six academic departments reinvited Levasseur to speak.

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