Professor's 911 Comments

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Colorado's governor has told the University of Colorado president that a controversial professor who compared terrorist attack victims to Nazis should be fired.

Governor Owens says he's spoken with CU President Betsy Hoffman, telling her he believes the school has grounds to terminate Ward Churchill's employment.

Earlier, House lawmakers unanimously approved a resolution saying Churchill's 2001 essay written the day after September Eleventh "strikes an evil and inflammatory blow against America's healing process."

Some lawmakers also called on the Legislature to cut funding for the ethnic studies department where Churchill works.

Representative Ted Harvey introduced the resolution, saying Churchill's views don't represent those of most Coloradans.

Other lawmakers say Churchill has a right to free speech, but taxpayers shouldn't subsidize it.

The CU Board of Regents plans to hold an emergency session Thursday to discuss Churchill.