Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Outrage Du Jour

This weeks outrage is of course the speech of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad at Columbia this week. Conservatives are outraged that such a person would be allowed to speak on American Soil at an American Institution. Take Ben Shapiro, Boy Prognosticator.
"If Hitler were in the United States and wanted a platform from which to speak, he would have plenty of platforms to speak in the United States," stated John Coatsworth, dean of Columbia's School of International and Public Affairs. "If he were willing to engage in debate and a discussion to be challenged by Columbia students and faculty, we would certainly invite him."

Why would Columbia University open its arms to a man who is by all accounts responsible for the murder of Americans, a man who proclaims lust for another Holocaust, a man who sees himself as the advance guard for the Islamic messianic age?
Wait a second Ben, did you read the quote, or just cut and paste it in? I do that sometimes; but you shouldn't ask a question you've just answered.

This is a case of Conservatives being angry at Liberals for being Liberals. Not that unusual. Liberals value freedom of expression and the exchange of ideas (even bad ideas); Conservatives don't.

I will note that Conservatives are on stronger grounds when they point to Republicans/Conservatives being turned away from speaking on College Campuses in contrast to accepting the Iranian President.

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