In the Foreword to this issue of the journal, last year’s Editor in Chief does acknowledge that this new issue “will not be without controversy” …The editor then offers the “hope” that “the diverse ideas you read here even if you disagree will prompt you to think and respond.” That doesn’t remotely address the problem.When an article proposes to arrest law professors and bomb law schools and nearby TV studios, it’s not engaging in “controversy,” but slipping into an alternate universe. It’s not “discomforting.” It is bonkers. The journal could not reasonably have expected readers to “respond” – unless to ask, “Are you out of your minds?”…The article cites a range of scholars, whose works purportedly exemplify… treasonous activity….It is outright libel to call such scholars “combatants” in the service of Islamist aggression. The only defense for such accusations is that they are too preposterous for anyone to take seriously. It is the contemporary equivalent of the John Birch Society claiming, in the 1950s, that Secretary of State George Marshall and then President Dwight Eisenhower were Communist agents.
August 31, 2015 at 9:54 PM EDT