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Saturday, October 07, 2006

Free Speech

It seems that "Free Speech" is reserved for people like Former Iranian president Mohammed Khatami, who was allowed to speak at Harvard University on the eve of the fifth anniversary of 9/11.

Yet that same free speech does not extend to Columbia University when it comes to Jim Gilchrist, the founder of the Minuteman Project, a self-appointed band of civilian border patrols that have focused mostly on preventing illegal immigration from Mexico.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg criticized the university today for not keeping better control over a public event.

If you get invited, whoever invites you should have the courtesy to let you speak and provide the protection so you can do it, and particularly on university campuses, Mr. Bloomberg said in response to a question on his weekly radio show.

Not these days Mr. Bloomberg, today we live in a world where Former Iranian Presidents can speak freely, but conservatives cannot. Venezuala's president can come to our country and call our president "The Devil", but Jim Gilchrist cannot speak at a university he was invited to speak at.

Right Wing Nation says it better than I could even hope to.

"It should surprise nobody that these idiots felt entitled to shut up Gilchrist; it's hardly a secret that "progressives" have no respect for the Constitution or the right of conservatives to speak. It also should surprise nobody that Columbia is reacting as if they disapprove, when they and their left-wing policies are solely to blame for creating this situation. Nor should anyone be surprised that Columbia is trying to white-wash this by calling it a violation of free speech, when it was a physical assault."

Others writing about this: Plus Ultra and The Anti-Idiotarian Rottweiler.