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No Place for Hate/Make Every Vote Count

October 28, 2010
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We know that it's happening with growing intensity at college campuses across the country. But it's especially frightening when it happens so close to home: A Lincoln University tenured professor, Kaukab Siddique, spouting anti-Jewish and anti-Israel venom, calling for the destruction of Israel and promoting Holocaust denial.

The professor, who captured national attention with the release of an incendiary video of a Labor Day rally in Washington, appears to have kept his views out of the classroom but not necessarily off the campus altogether.

Jewish organizations are proceeding cautiously, clearly upset and outraged over the professor's comments, but anxious not to act rashly. No one wants to make this a black-Jewish issue.

The professor himself is Pakistani, not African-American. But the school in Chester County is historically a black college. As State Sen. Anthony Williams suggested on the eve of a meeting to press the university's president, Lincoln needs to adhere to its legacy as a place of refuge from prejudice and discrimination, not a place where such views are tolerated.

The institution is trying to distance itself, contending, as its spokeswoman did, that the issue "has nothing to do with the university" because the professor was espousing his personal views outside the campus. But that's not enough. Whether the university should or even can fire a tenured professor is up for debate. What's not debatable is that such remarks are repugnant, and need to be repudiated loudly and clearly by all who understand that venomous hate has no place in our society.

Make Every Vote Count

One of the most hotly contested -- and expensive -- campaign seasons is about to wrap up. Much is at stake come Election Day on Nov. 2, including control of the U.S. Congress and the Governor's Mansion in Harrisburg.

For better or worse, the race for the U.S. Senate seat, as well as some key congressional races, has drawn national attention, some of it targeted at our own Jewish community.

Stark ideological differences divide the candidates, giving voters a clear-cut choice in nearly every race in play in our region. Through candidates' debates, interviews and the pages of the Jewish Exponent, each candidate has articulated his particular agenda on health care, immigration, tax policy and economic recovery.

Questions have been raised about both Senate candidates, Democrat Joe Sestak and Republican Pat Toomey, regarding their records on Israel. But now it's time to make a choice.

The Exponent doesn't endorse particular candidates, but we wholeheartedly endorse the notion that every Jewish vote matters. Now it's up to you to make that vote count. All you have to do is get to the polls. 

 

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