Monday, September 24, 2007

At Columbia Free Speech Only For Some

A small group of protesters gather outside Columbia University on Sunday, Sept. 23, 2007 to protest plans for Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to speak on campus (AP Photo/John Smock)

Columbia President Lee Bollinger said it was a question of free speech and academic freedom, he was speaking of the invitation to Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to speak at the University of Columbia.

But how soon we forget in the fall of 1998 then Columbia University President George Rupp wasn’t so interested in free speech and the chance to hear the other side. And who was the voice that Columbia University was attempting to silence, the Conservative voice that's whose. The voice of Conservativism in America!
No Place at the Table In November of 1998, Columbia University President George Rupp dispatched a team of security guards to keep students interested in a conservative conference from meeting on campus. Participants in Accuracy in Academia's "A Place at the Table: Conservative Ideas in Higher Education" learned that only liberals have a place at Columbia's table when their meeting was kicked off-campus and forced to reconvene in a park.

This, despite the fact that a contract had been signed, the meeting space had been paid for, and the event had been planned three months in advance. A mob of activists protested the event, which featured Ward Connerly, and shouted down author Dinesh D'Souza as he attempted to speak in an alcove overlooking Morningside Park.

Chanting "Ha! Ha! You're Outside, We Don't Want Your Racist Lies," demonstrators held up signs bragging of their accomplishment, which read ACCESS DENIED and WE WIN: RACISTS NOT ALLOWED AT COLUMBIA. "This is an alcove where homeless people sleep and piss," student Franklin Amoo stated. "I'll do whatever needs to be done [to stop the conference] in order to make sure they know their sentiments are not shared."

Salmon Rushdie, Khalid Muhammed, and Angela Davis have all spoken on the New York campus without "security" concerns trumping free speech rights. Yet the only instance of a conservative event on the campus in recent memory elicits a ban handed down by the school's president, who happens to be an outspoken advocate of racial preferences.

Conservatives were banned from Columbia University and forced to speech at a near by park. As you liberals gather to hear Ahmadinejab’s lies remember it was you who once bragged;
Regarding Conservatives who are Americans, yet you let the President of Iran who supports the killing of U.S. soldiers, his country’s weapons have been recently found in Iraq. His country has been discovered recently as training terrorist to kill American Soldiers in Iraq and he has personally called for the destruction of Jews.

Yes I guess Columbia President Lee Bollinger was right you would invite Hitler to speak if you could even he deserves free speech the only group that is not deserving of free speech on the campus of Columbia University are Conservatives.

More Liberal hate and now I understand why Columbia invited Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. They’ve got something in common just like him Columbia hates America too!