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Academic Groups Condemn Glenn Beck for Rhetoric That Has Led to Threats Against Scholar

The American Sociological Association and more than 20 other academic groups issued a statement today condemning the conservative broadcast personality Glenn Beck for his tirades against Frances Fox Piven, saying his rhetoric has “created a space for threats of violence to emerge.” Ms. Piven, a professor of political science and sociology at the City University of New York’s Graduate Center, has in recent weeks received a flood of hate mail and death threats, some of them posted by commenters on one of Mr. Beck’s Web sites. In their statement, the groups say they “vigorously support serious, honest, and passionate public debate,” but insist that all parties recognize the rights of scholars “to arrive at their own conclusions and to expect those conclusions to be reported accurately in public debates.”

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