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October 26, 2007

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scyllacat

Emory Alumna here:

I'm just as disturbed with the characterization that because we have protesters that can shut down a lecture it indicates that the "campus" is against "conservatism."

Now, I'm more willing to go with the idea that conservatism is less accepted. I'll never forget going to a discussion on gay rights and asking why people should care about what you did with your social life after work, or what business it was of theirs. I was treated as thought I had said something denegratingly homophobic for not recognizing that you should be able to make personal phone calls at work that were explicit enough for people to know you had a gay lover.

On the other hand, there is plainly an indication that students who agreed and disagreed wanted to HEAR and DISCUSS Horowitz's lecture, and that is was not "EMORY UNIVERSITY" that was shutting down discourse. Perhaps the commenters should look at the ideas that are making young people today think that bullying and shouting down ideas they dislike is a viable form of political discourse.

After all, Socrates was executed for fomenting exactly this kind of dissent, the kind that uses the rights of free speech and assembly, argument and disagreement, to devalue and make worthless all attempts at reform and reasoned discourse.

Tom Bowler

I'm just as disturbed with the characterization that because we have protesters that can shut down a lecture it indicates that the "campus" is against "conservatism."

If the university allows a small vocal minority to shut down a conservative lecture, it's not unreasonable to conclude that it tacitly approves the action. University of Florida police certainly didn't approve of anyone speaking out of turn when John Kerry appeared there last month, tasering a heckler rather than risking a disruption.

I think there is little question that college and university campuses are hostile to conservative ideas. All Emory had to do to shut down the lecture was to remain passive and to honor the protesters' "rights" to drown out Horowitz with their "free speech".

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