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September 9, 2006

BYU May Can 9/11 Conspiracy Kook Steven Jones

Could it be that universities are gathering the courage to resist the moonbat professors who have been squandering their credibility? Brigham Young University has placed physics professor Steven Jones on paid leave while it reviews his conspicuous involvement in the elaborate paranoid delusion known as the 9/11 Truth Movement.

Jones, a prominent member of this moonbat cult, believes that 9/11 was an inside job. The most convincing evidence for most who accredit this juvenile theory is that according to the tenets of liberalism, only white male heterosexual conservatives are capable of evil. Jones reinforces this with claims that traces of thermite were found at Ground Zero.

Although Jones has been circumspect enough not to specifically blame Dick Cheney or Karl Rove for blowing up the World Trade Center, he has implicated unnamed government groups, and asserted that terrorists could not possibly be responsible for making the Towers fall.

Jones' allegations are obviously insane, but that's hardly unusual in academia — a depraved NeverNever Land in which any fantasy is regarded as credible, so long as it reflects badly on the United States. Having taught at BYU since 1985, Jones would seem to be safe to indulge in any extreme of irresponsible and unprofessional moonbattery.

But perhaps times are finally changing. In a statement, BYU announced that it is concerned "about the increasingly speculative and accusatory nature of these statements by Dr. Jones" and that "Dr. Jones' work on this topic has not been published in appropriate scientific venues."

University spokeswoman Carri Jenkins further noted that

It is a concern when faculty bring the university name into their own personal matters of concern.

With college costs shooting through the stratosphere, it's nice too know that someone in academia is aware that people will expect a little more than deranged anti-American propaganda in return for the money.

Naturally the Left will squeal about "academic freedom," but after Ward Churchill and Kevin Barrett, this canard is getting harder to take seriously. A professor who shouted to anyone who would listen that gays need to be tarred and feathered would be out of a job in no time, as would a physics professor who announced that the moon is made of Velveeta. Left-wing politics is not a free pass to attach a university affiliation to loony-tunes moonbattery.

Let's hope BYU shows Jones the door, and leaves a firm shoeprint on the seat of his pants. Unfortunately, with him gone there will still be quite a few to go, as David Horowitz documents so well.

Jones is hardly alone.

Posted by Van Helsing at September 9, 2006 9:57 AM


Not to worry.

This boob can always get a job at UW-Madistan.

Posted by: dad29 at September 9, 2006 12:40 PM

I saw in the article that he is also known for his work in "cold fusion". It figures.

Posted by: bp at September 11, 2006 8:35 AM