Middle East studies in the News
Response to a Crybaby Professor [on Jonathan Judaken]
by Gary Fouse
Jonathan Judaken is a professor at Rhodes College in Memphis. In March, he gave a presentation at the University of Rochester, whose message was Muslims are the new Jews a kind of twisted defense of Muslims from the charge that they tend to be anti-Jewish.
Anyway, Judaken's presentation was critiqued by another professor, AJ Caschetta of the Rochester Institute of Technology, who wrote the below piece that appeared in Jihad Watch among other sites.
That didn't sit well with Judaken, who wrote the below woe is me piece for Inside Higher Education. He accused Caschetta of engaging in McCarthyism for critiquing his presentation.
McCarthyism, be Jeezus!
That was when I weighed in with the below piece on Fousesquawk:
And in response to Judaken, Caschetta has written this in Inside Higher Education and cross-posted on Middle East Forum:
Now it seems to me that professors who deem to speak out on the issues of the day are entitled to have their say. It's called freedom of speech. On the other hand, since they choose to enter the arena, others also have the freedom of speech to disagree. Professor Caschetta is hardly a policeman or even a US senator like Joe McCarthy was. He is in no position to take away Judaken's freedom of speech, his job, or God forbid, his liberty. I think Professor Caschetta refutes the McCarthyism charge much more eloquently than I ever could.
Of course, on a college campus, charges of McCarthyism and victimhood always carry traction. I know because I work on a college campus myself. But in the real world and in the places I frequent after a hard day at work, Mt Judaken would be laughed out of the joint.
Update: (Good stuff)
There is a Marxist/Trotskeyite web site out there called The Louis Proyect, which posted Judaken's McCarthyism piece. When Caschetta contacted them to ask if they would post his response, he got this (Viewer warning: salty language):
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