Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Free Speech? Right.

From Zombie via lgf:

"Islamo-Fascism Awareness Week" is a nationwide series of lectures and presentations organized by conservative writer David Horowitz and his various organizations. On the evening of October 22, dozens of famous speakers gave lectures at universities around the country, mostly on the subject of Islamic extremism. The presenter at U.C. Berkeley that evening was Nonie Darwish, an Arab-American author and feminist who has become a Muslim apostate and vociferous critic of radical Islam. Her appearance at Cal was sponsored by the Berkeley College Republicans, and strongly opposed by several left-wing groups and Muslim organizations, including World Can't Wait, the Muslim Students Association, and Students for Justice in Palestine. Her speech was even condemned by the ASUC, the official student governing body at Berkeley.

Look here to see a series of fascinating photos that seem to me to illustrate the absurdity of any kind of thoughtful debate in this country on leftwing college campuses.

This isn't about protesting what someone is saying. This is about denying the right to speak at all. When Mahmoud Ahmadinejad can speak uninterrupted at Columbia, but the founder of Minutemen gets attacked on stage at the same University, then something is horribly wrong with the way the faculty and staff are teaching young people on how to disagree and debate.

When I was growing up in the 60's it was the leftwingers that were drowned out, thrown out, and refused a voice in so many cases. It's a bit ironic that they are now the ones who refuse to listen, isn't it?