In fact, Churchill's free speech was never an issue. The university's analysts have focused entirely on the self-proclaimed Native American activist's academic papers, and found a load of lies, plagiarism and other misconduct. Some have even found odd inconsistencies in how quickly he was given tenure, effectively giving him a job for life.
Top university officials must now decided what to do with this loud-mouthed poseur whose Indian roots have proven questionable, at best. If the final decision is to dump him from the faculty at CU, Churchill has vowed to sue ... repeatedly.
Churchill's firing is long overdue. Not for his outrageous speech (which I find offensive but not particularly convincing) but for his lack of academic ethics. He's been a stain on CU and on Colorado in general. He's no genuine academic, but instead merely one of those bomb-throwers who use classrooms to foist his twisted manifestos on impressionable kids (many of whom rally to his defense against the Forces of Evil, whoever they are.) He's no more interested in offering alternate views than the Nazis he casually invokes. He's a caricature of a real iconoclast, preferring shock-and-awe (and often anonymous) scatology to intelligent debate.
And I'd even chip in to help buy him a keen retirement home in one of those Islamist-only communities in the south of Iran.