Controversial Professor

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A controversial University of Colorado professor has resigned as chairman of the Department of Ethnic Studies.

Ward Churchill has come under fire for an essay he wrote that compared Nazis to the victims of the September Eleventh terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center.

The essay became widely known when he was invited to speak at Hamiliton College in New York. Some have protested his visit, while others are demanding an apology.

Churchill says he is immensely proud his administrative accomplishments -- but says the political climate has made him a liability in representing the department or school in an administrative capacity.

His resignation takes effect today.

Churchill, a long-time American Indian activist, wrote "Some People Push Back" shortly after the attacks. The essay says civilians killed during the Trade Center collapse deserved to die because they were a willing part of "the mighty engine of profit."

Churchill goes on to describe the victims as "little Eichmanns," a reference to Adolf Eichmann, who organized Nazi leader Adolf Hitler's plan to exterminate Europe's Jews.

CU Provost Phil DiStefano last week said Churchill's views do not represent the university, but he had a right to express them.

Congressman Bob Beauprez says that because Churchill is tenured he apparently is immune from any sanctions by the university, but Beauprez said he should apologize and resign. There was no answer at Churchill's office phone Sunday, and his private phone is not listed.