There is a large difference between opposition to the policy of the Israel government and anti-Semitism. The University described in the article has clearly attempted to blur that difference, just as the author of the article has.<br><br>-- Charlie Alpha Roger Yankee Whiskey<br>
In my day "liberal" meant open to all divergent opinions, and "academic" meant the free flow of ideas. I guess that's no longer true - re-read the first paragraph:<br><br>If anyone had ever told British academics that there would come a time when they would punish colleagues because of the views they held, and would treat them as pariahs and try to destroy their livelihoods in order to intimidate others into toeing the sole approved political line, they would have been incredulous. In the western tradition the universities are, after all, the custodians of free intellectual inquiry and open debate. Censorship, suppression of ideas and intellectual intimidation are associated with totalitarian regimes which attempt to coerce people into the approved way of thinking.<br><br>
_________________________ [red]Bibo, ergo sum[/red]
<blockquote><font size=1>In reply to:</font><hr><p>In the western tradition the universities are, after all, the custodians of free intellectual inquiry and open debate. Censorship, suppression of ideas and intellectual intimidation are associated with totalitarian regimes which attempt to coerce people into the approved way of thinking.<p><hr></blockquote><p>So much for tradition, as the latest round in those bastions of inquiry, of pie throwing at invited speakers would indicate. <br><br>
_________________________ Old farts, the hidden caulk of civilization. Jim Atkinson
On the one hand, I can't really defend pieing a speaker. It's a pretty brainless way of expressing protest. On the other hand, conservatives are taking pieing way too seriously. It's a joke. It doesn't prevent the speech. A good speaker can actually use being pied as a way to ingratiate himself with his audience. Which is exactly <a href="http://www.indystar.com/articles/3/233155-3993-102.html">what Kristol did</a>. <blockquote><font size=1>In reply to:</font><hr><p>A pie in the face didn't silence conservative pundit William Kristol during a speech at Earlham College.<br>A man who later was identified as a student at the private Quaker college jumped onto the stage and splattered Kristol with the pie Tuesday night about 30 minutes into a speech about U.S. foreign policy.<br>Members of the audience jeered the student as he walked off the stage, then applauded as Kristol wiped the goo off his face with a paper towel and said, "Just let me finish this point," the Palladium-Item reported.<p><hr></blockquote><p>"private Quaker college" Perhaps Kristol wasn't conservative enough for the kid?<br><br>
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