Would Ward Churchill approve of violence against his colleagues at the University of Colorado who engage in research using animals? If you read his introduction to the 2004 book Terrorists or Freedom Fighters?: Reflections on the Liberation of Animals, you can only conclude the answer is quite possibly yes.
We couldn’t agree more with these sentiments, which come from an editorial in today’s Rocky Mountain News. They appear to be based on information we revealed last week about the embattled professor’s contribution to the book that praises the Animal Liberation Front (ALF), an FBI-designated domestic terror group. Churchill’s tenure is currently under review for grotesque remarks comparing victims of 9/11 to “Little Eichmanns.” And, as we’ve noted, his rhetoric about “animal liberation” is every bit as scary.
In his Terrorist or Freedom Fighters? foreword, Churchill not only defends arson and violence committed by the ALF and fellow FBI-designated domestic terror group the Earth Liberation Front (ELF), but also argues that they haven’t gone far enough. As the Rocky Mountain News editorializes:
If Churchill has a problem with groups such as the Animal Liberation Front and the Earth Liberation Front, whose attacks have ruined a number of laboratories, it is in their relative timidity. He notes their “consensus” that “infliction of property damage upon entities engaged in the willful perpetration of omnicide constitutes the limit of legitimate response to the crimes at hand,” and derides this “figurative line in the tactical sand” as “arbitrary.”
ALF violence and vandalism grabbed headlines on both coasts this week. On Monday the Animal Liberation Press Office — staffed by Terrorist or Freedom Fighters? editor Steven Best and longtime Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine spokes-doctor Jerry Vlasak — announced that target=_blank>ALF had claimed responsibility for spray-painting slogans and smashing the windows of at least two fast-food restaurants in California. Meanwhile, Christopher McIntosh, who is believed to have ties to both the ALF and the ELF, target=_blank>was arrested in Philadelphia yesterday for allegedly setting a McDonald’s ablaze two years ago.