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Signe Wilkinson

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  1. Noreen Klose

    Noreen Klose said, over 1 year ago

    I believe the comparison was about silencing people. Nobody HAS TO listen to you speak, but if you were invited, as these ladies WERE INVITED , they should have been allowed to speak.
    The girls should have had the right to be educated. By taking them, the girls, like the ladies were SILENCED !!!

  2. Iluvnancy

    Iluvnancy said, over 1 year ago

    Rutgers shut up the wrong woman. Whether or not you agree with Rice, she is an intelligent, compelling speaker whose comments lead to thoughtful discussion. They should put a muzzle on Julie Hermann whose comments are an ongoing embarrassment.

  3. mikefive

    mikefive said, over 1 year ago

    Only poor commentary should be given to institutions of learning that cancel a speaker’s invitation because of the objection of a few (relative to the institutions population), Disallowing diverse viewpoints is contrary to the purpose of educating students.

  4. Kip W

    Kip W said, over 1 year ago

    Students can properly object to the university giving $35,000 to somebody who helped lie us into a war that killed thousands. Nobody ‘muzzled’ Rice, though I’m sure SCOTUS will soon tell us that free speech is less worthy of protection than expensive speech.

  5. I Play One On TV

    I Play One On TV said, over 1 year ago

    Thank you for the links. I, too, was only familiar with Ms. Rice.

    Ms. Legarde and Ms. Rice were both to be commencement speakers. I am no fan of the work of either woman, and I believe Ms. Rice to be a spectacular failure at both positions of National Security Advisor and Secretary of State. However, they both have much knowledge and experience in foreign affairs. If I was a student at either institution, I may have been unhappy with the choice, and may even have protested when I was that age, but one purpose of higher education is to be exposed to differing points of view, whether popular or not.

    Both women chose to withdraw; neither of them were told they were unwanted by either school. But I believe the schools should have refused their requests and should have stood behind their choices. The students were free to choose not to attend.

    As to Ms. Ali, that’s a different story, and more muddy. She has suffered a great deal as a result of the more severe constructs of Islam, including genital mutilation. She has every right to be angry with Islam. Previous interviews have shown her to characterize Islam as a religion of death, and one that needs to be stopped. It would be interesting to note whether the protest would be any different if she said similar things about Western religions. Regardless, this is an issue about awarding an honorary degree, which I see as a totally different issue than a commencement address. I personally would not like to think that I share a degree with Henry Kissinger, for example, but I could see going to hear him speak. Tough call here.

    The fact that a person is controversial is no reason to try to silence that person.

  6. echoraven

    echoraven said, over 1 year ago

    @Kip W

    Not to interrupt your koolaid induced haze, but Obama has not changed much in the war front.
    Great post. You deserve one of those large premium moist chocolate chip cookies. While the students intolerance of opposing viewpoints is unfortunate and deplorable, it should not be compared with being kidnapped and sold into slavery.

  7. Joy Sabl

    Joy Sabl GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    Hm, so being “disinvited” for your political views is somehow parallel to being kidnapped, raped, and potentially mutilated or killed, for being female and educated?

    Basic logic error: being targeted FOR being educated and female is not in any way related to being an educated female who is targeted for some other reason entirely.

  8. Night-Gaunt49

    Night-Gaunt49 GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    @Noreen Klose

    You can be disinvited. And especially if those who did the inviting didn’t ask anyone else. Bet they didn’t care so much if the women that were disinvited or never invited were Liberals and “worse.”

  9. Night-Gaunt49

    Night-Gaunt49 GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    Because they swooped in and abducted 271 young women and girls is why. Even though the govt of Nigeria wasn’t doing much.

  10. Night-Gaunt49

    Night-Gaunt49 GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    Free speech has its limits. Our Founders only set limits to govt, not to anyone else. It is their right. If you don’t like it then work to see that the Bill of Rights can be used against other groups like corporations and colleges.

  11. Night-Gaunt49

    Night-Gaunt49 GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    Even you must know that comparing the two is totally and emphatically wrong. Or am I wrong?

  12. Night-Gaunt49

    Night-Gaunt49 GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    Seems to me such fees should be wavered in relation to speaking at schools and colleges.

  13. Night-Gaunt49

    Night-Gaunt49 GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    @I Play One On TV

    But the students could not stop the fees changing hands. Seems to me no fees for speakers in halls of learning. Come one come all to speak. I think a wide diversity is a good idea.

  14. Night-Gaunt49

    Night-Gaunt49 GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    I see you couldn’t help but insult. You can get banned that way. In fact that is how it works. A word to the wise. Carry on.

    It was a great post. Too bad you didn’t have a snappy come back. Please write one?
    Oh and it was “Fruit-Aid” to be precise, just so you know. And last I recall it was forced on people and it was poisoned. Jim Jones, who knew he worked for the CIA? A nasty project gone way bad.

  15. Jase99

    Jase99 GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    The students could have simply chosen not to attend the speeches.

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