Tom Bevan of RealClearPolitics informs us that 3200 American academics have signed a petition defending Bill Ayers. Below is a sentence from that petition:
We reject the recent and ongoing derogations of his character in the media and blogosphere, and by politicians, and stand beside Ayers, an advocate for education devoted to human enlightenment and liberation.
It seems oxymoronic to me to speak of the "character" of a unrepentant bomber of this own nation but I guess this just reaffirms to us that academia is where the old hippies of the sixties fled. I shutter to think that such people are training our next generation.
Bevan's final sentence says all you need to know:
The ivory tower of academia is one of the only places in America where a radical Marxist who's never expressed any regret for bombing his own country (indeed, he expressed just the opposite as little as 7 years ago) is revered as being "devoted to human enlightenment and liberation."
--Submitted by B. Bryant