Ward Churchill testifies in trial over university firing
Controversial figure Ward Churchill took the stand on Monday in his wrongful termination lawsuit against the University of Colorado.

Churchill was fired in July 2007 for research misconduct and plagiarism. A university panel said he couldn't back up claims about the spread of smallpox among American Indians.

But Churchill said he was really fired because he wrote a controversial essay about the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. He said he was only trying to spur discussion about U.S. policy.

"I had a real simple proposition: That if you make a practice of killing other people's babies for personal gain, comfortability, quality of life, that eventually they're going to give you a taste of the same thing," said Churchill, The Denver Post reported.

Churchill has claimed Cherokee and Creek heritage but is not enrolled in a federally recognized tribe.

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Fired prof takes the stand (The Denver Post 3/24)
Fired Colorado Professor Defends 9/11 Remarks (The New York Times 3/24)
Ward Churchill Takes Witness Stand to Deny Academic Misconduct (The Chronicle of Higher Education 3/23)

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