October 24, 2001
At Duke University, the administration shut down a website after Professor Gary Hull posted an article entitled "Terrorism and Its Appeasement" that called for a strong military response to the terrorist attacks. FIRE took Professor's Hull's case to the print and broadcast media. Shamed by widespread publicity, Duke reinstated Hull's web page, but required him to add a disclaimer that the views expressed in the article did not reflect the views of the University. Duke has never before required any other professors to add such disclaimers to their web pages. That institution's double standard is now out in the open.
"Terrorism and Its Appeasement" â€" I, Gary Hull, personally believe this article expresses an important and intellectually serious position that students have the right to read. Although the article contains particular recommendations I may not agree with, it is nonetheless an intelligent and comprehensive analysis of terrorism, in general, and of the terrorist attack on America, in particular. (The posting of these opinions does not reflect the endorsement of the Department of Sociology or Markets & Management Studies Program at Duke University.)