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Scott Ritter is not the only darling of the Left to get himself into trouble because of his sexual misbehavior. Another is Marc H. Ellis, a tenured professor at Baylor University in Waco, Texas, and one of the most malicious collaborators in the Campus Wars against the Jews. He openly calls for Israel to be exterminated. He is to be one of the key speakers at the “Annihilate Israel” academic “conference” to be held in a few days at Harvard.
Baylor University’s president is Kenneth Starr, best remembered from his investigations of another sexual predator, Bill Clinton. The current campaign to rid Baylor of Ellis is because Ellis reportedly sexually harassed a female faculty member, who got herself a lawyer and filed a complaint. Evidently all sorts of Baylor faculty knew about it. In response to this, Starr and Baylor have suspended Ellis from all teaching and administrative duties indefinitely. Baylor offered to “buy Ellis out” to get him to leave. Last July the Faculty Dismissal Committee notified Ellis that the administration was seeking his dismissal.
As this world’s largest Baptist University, Baylor officials do not take kindly to professors manhandling the prairie womenfolk. Ellis seems to be defending himself by claiming his suspension is “discriminatory” because others at Baylor have been involved in hanky-panky and have not been similarly punished. In his words, his are “alleged offenses reportedly routine at Baylor.” In other words, if other gropers were coddled, so should he be. Ellis is also claiming there is a dark conspiracy by the tiny local Waco Jewish community to pay Baylor to get him fired.
The radical Left has long adored and celebrated Ellis because he is a radical Jewish anti-Semite in the tradition of Hezbollah agent Norman Finkelstein. The anti-Israel Middle East Studies Association issued a statement defending and endorsing Ellis, as did the American Association of University Professors. How ridiculous these groups appear now that it is known that Ellis is under fire not because of his anti-Semitism but because of his inability to control his lascivious behavior.
A pro-Ellis petition has been organized by Cornell West and is being promoted by such luminaries as Noam Chomsky. (What a comedown for Chomsky, the one-time apologist for the Khmer Rouge, now merely an apologist for Ellis.) It charges that Ellis is a victim of “persecution.” The very first endorsement of the petition is by the discredited pseudo-academic fraud Ilan Pappe. In a speech at the American Academy of Religion in November, Cornell West, who just does not like Jews very much, described Ellis as a “prophetic figure.”
Ellis is a professor of “Jewish Studies” who knows nothing at all about Judaism or Jewish Studies. He has built a career as a Bash-Israel propagandist and supporter of Islamofascism and as a leader in the movement to exterminate Israel and Israelis. Indeed, that is the real reason the radical Left is defending him.
The Reverend Jeremiah Wright loves him. Academic terrorist Edward Said adored him while Said was still alive. George McGovern likes him. Neo-Nazi Norman Finkelstein is the close soul-brother of Ellis, who endorsed Finkelstein’s “book” and who likes to mimic Finkelstein’s smear terminology about the “Holocaust Industry.”
Ellis has no degrees and no academic training at all in Jewish theology, Jewish history, Jewish anything. He holds a PhD degree from a Jesuit University (Marquette), where people may know their Catholic catechism but no one would consider it a serious place to learn about Judaism. Ellis later was employed at the Maryknoll School of Theology in Maryknoll, New York (a liberation theology school that closed in 1994 and was not even accredited). Ellis woke up one fine morning and decided he was an expert in “Jewish Studies.” He peddled himself as such to Baylor, which evidently did not check out his credentials very thoroughly. There he set up the university’s Center for Jewish Studies as his one-man fiefdom. While Baylor should be saluted for wanting to have a Jewish Studies department operating in this Baptist University, hiring Ellis was hardly the way to go about it.
Ellis replaces the traditional Jewish Biblical Patriarchs of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob with Marx, Lenin and Arafat. In Ellis’s writings as a purported “theologian,” there is nothing to indicate he has any familiarity at all with Jewish religious sources or concepts. Indeed, there is no evidence that he has ever read the Bible, let alone studied the Talmud or other classical Jewish texts. Ellis’s “theology” is the same as that of the wacky pro-LSD hippie magazine “Tikkun,” on whose board of editors he sits. Tikkun is published by Michael Lerner, promoter of psychedelic drugs and one-time SDS leader. While Lerner pretends to be a rabbi, he is not and never has been ordained by any rabbinic school. Both Lerner and Ellis like to cite obsessively the “Ethics of the Books of the Prophets in the Bible” as artillery support for their politics, but neither has ever provided any evidence that he has ever read those books or has the slightest idea what they contain.
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