April 13, 2007

When renouncing terrorism becomes...

too controversial.

Stanford University, renowned as a global hub of intellectual freedom, says it will bar the public from attending a panel discussion Monday night because one of the speakers is "controversial."

The speaker, who goes by the name Walid Shoebat, has been making the rounds on the nation's lecture circuit claiming to be a former Palestinian terrorist-turned-Israeli-sympathizer.

The Stanford College Republicans, a student group, invited Shoebat and two companions who bill themselves as the "3 Ex-Terrorists." They made the invitation as a favor to another group, Students for an Open Society, which lacks the official standing needed to invite speakers to campus.
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By contrast, the public was welcome to attend an event with the controversial DePaul University Professor Norm Finkelstein, who accuses Jews of using the Holocaust to gain sympathy, said Jessica Chernick of Students for an Open Society.

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2 Comments:

Blogger barista grazioso said...

And free speech is....where again?

Free thinking is......at what college of "higher(?)" learning?

Hypocrites.

Sun Apr 15, 01:27:00 AM  
Blogger Myra Langerhas said...

I love the irony of their thinking. At least we have THEIR hypocrrisy on OUR side. THAT is a god ally

Sun Apr 15, 10:54:00 PM  

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