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From the Letters To the Editor column of the September 2006 Perspectives

Letters to the Editor: Academic Freedom and Women's Rights

Bernard Sinsheimer, September 2006

Editor’s Note: Perspectives welcomes letters to the editor on issues discussed in its pages or which are relevant to the profession. Letters should ideally be brief and should be sent to the Editor (or mailed to Letters to the Editor, Perspectives, AHA, 400 A Street SE, Washington, DC 20003-3889) along with full contact information. Letters selected for publication may be edited for style, length, and content. Publication of letters does not signify endorsement by the AHA of the views expressed by the authors, who alone are responsible for ensuring accuracy of the letters’ contents.

To the Editor:

A brief comment on the article by Bruce Craig (April 2006 Perspectives). When I was living back home, I was a member of the ACLU. I still believe that all sorts of views—even those I don’t like—should be allowed to circulate. Nevertheless, please don’t try to make a hero of Tariq Ramadan. I heard him express views concerning the rights of women on French TV that are very different from those of the AHA, in recent years at least. We who supported the AHA cannot have much sympathy for a person who is not sure if women in Saudi Arabia should be stoned to death if they have "faulted" sexually. Oxford may be right to employ him, but I doubt that he will get a position in a French university in the near future.

—Bernard Sinsheimer
Boulogne
University of Maryland in Europe (retired)