The CU professor has a right to make inflammatory statements, but his academic conduct is inexcusable. He should lose his job.
While it has been cast by some as an argument about academic freedom, with the University of Colorado professor painted as a man persecuted for his unpopular opinions, that's not the central issue at all.
Churchill may have drawn initial attention with his inflammatory opinions about Sept. 11 victims, but his real problem is the plagiarism and research misconduct he committed, as determined by several panels that examined his work.
When the CU regents meet today to consider Churchill's fate, they should fire him.