Universities Curbing Free Speech

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  1. Annie
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    It's been going on for quite awhile:

    http://www.tnr.com/blog/openuniversity?pid=121168

     
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    Nothing new Kathy

    Do you remember this gem? Campus security and school administrators stood by and watched


    Anarchy at Columbia: Protestors Storm Minuteman's Stage
    By Nathan Burchfiel
    CNSNews.com Staff Writer
    October 05, 2006

    (CNSNews.com) - Protestors stormed the stage at Columbia University Wednesday night, yelling, waving banners and ending the speech from Minuteman Project founder Jim Gilchrest minutes after it began.

    As Gilchrest started to deliver his remarks at a speech sponsored by the CU College Republicans, members of the audience began yelling and cheering. He watched quietly as students rushed the stage with fists raised and displayed banners proclaiming, "No One Is Illegal."

    According to a statement released by Columbia University College Republicans President Chris Kulawik, protestors took control of the stage for "fifteen chaotic minutes" before security personnel ended the event.

    Video of the event posted online shows the protestors rushing the stage. It also shows members of the audience cheering them on and chanting "Minutemen, Nazis, KKK ... racist fascists go away."

    According to reports in the student newspaper The Spectator, at least one student was injured in the mayhem.

    In a statement released by "those who occupied the stage" and posted on a student magazine's blog, the protestors said they "celebrate free speech: for that reason we allowed the Minutemen to speak, and for that same reason we peacefully occupied the stage and spoke ourselves."

    http://www.cnsnews.com/ViewCampus.asp?Page=/Campus/archive/200610/CAM20061005a.html
     
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    On the other hand, what do you think of this:

    and then:

     
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    Your tax dollars at work. I wonder how you would feel if you were paying to send your kids to these liberal indoctrination centers
     
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    NY Times Attacks Anti-PC Documentary, Defends College Censorship of Conservatives
    Posted by Clay Waters on June 28, 2007 - 13:08.
    Joseph Berger's New York Times column on education doubled as a film review. "Film Portrays Stifling of Speech, but One College's Struggle Reflects a Nuanced Reality" criticized an anti-PC documentary, "Indoctrinate U," by bringing in an incident that occurred at Vassar college that was not even featured in the movie. Berger actually defended Vassar punishing a conservative campus publication by defunding it and shutting it down for a year.

    "A new documentary is making the rounds that argues, with vivid examples, that the nation's colleges are squelching freedom of expression and are no longer free marketplaces of ideas.

    "The film carries the striking title 'Indoctrinate U,' and was made by Evan Coyne Maloney, who describes himself as a libertarian and is looking for a national distributor.

    "The film borrows the technique of ambush interviews from an ideological opposite, Michael Moore, and tells how at California Polytechnic State University, a student underwent a daylong disciplinary hearing for posting a flier publicizing a black speaker whose talk was titled, 'It’s O.K. to Leave the Plantation.' "

    http://newsbusters.org/node/13807

    and for the article in the NY Slimes

    http://www.nytimes.com/2007/06/27/education/27education.html
     
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    The censorship of speech at Universities, and the pandering to the PC crowd is one of the most disturbing trends of the past 20 years, IMO.

    Universities are bastions of progress, and free thought and speech are critical in the advancement of science and society.

    How very sad.
     
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    Universities have no problem with free speech - as long as it is liberal speech and is approved by the liberal Professors
     
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    You are aware the tiff was about his LYING on his application when he joined the University and his plagerism and other unethical behavior?
     
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    Yes, I am. And he should be fired. But are those the real reasons they are getting rid of him? I wonder if any of that would have come to light if not for the anti US rants? Unfortunately (if not for the reasons you cited), in order to apply academic freedom consistently, he would probably have to be retained. I imagine the University's lawyers were working OT to figure out how to legally get rid of him.
     
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    And there is a problem with that? It is unimportant WHY or how they found out he was a liar, a fraud and a stealer of others works. If he were none of those things he would not be in danger, nor would the school try to fire him. In fact until that all came out, they were very vocal in their support of him.
     

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