The president of Iran is calling for a purge of all university professors in Iran who don’t toe the official fundamentalist Islamic line. This deliberate attempt to silence freedom of expression and eliminate academic freedom is, unfortunately, in perfect accord with the actions of this same government to silence bloggers and journalists.
This action is not only an overt attack on academic freedom. but it is distinguished by the fact that it is a real attack — not just a mere wailing from an American "scholar" who is upset that some people find his or her work disagreeable or objectionable. So you would think that the American higher education community would be bold and outspoken against this, especially when given such an easy target. Right?
Well… here’s an example of where the outrage is, from Insidehighered.com:
Sometimes higher ed is just an embarassing place to work.