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Signe Wilkinson

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  1. old1953

    old1953 said, 2 months ago

    Ah, yes, the old false equivalence. Rape, murder and slavery are EXACTLY EQUIVALENT to an audience that doesn’t want to hear a speaker. And don’t forget “FIRST AMENDMENT”, that clearly says that you must be FORCED to listen to everyone, no matter whether you want to or not. Telling any offensive person to shut up is ALWAYS just like the government did it.

  2. Noreen Klose

    Noreen Klose said, 2 months 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 !!!

  3. davefrompaterson

    davefrompaterson said, 2 months ago

    these procol harum nutcases have been killing people wholesale for five years. how come all of a sudden, people are worried about these victims?

  4. davefrompaterson

    davefrompaterson said, 2 months ago

    these procol harum nutcases have been killing people wholesale for five years. how come all of a sudden, people are worried about these victims?

  5. Harleyquinn

    Harleyquinn GoComics PRO Member said, 2 months ago

    Everyone should know the diverse loony lefts idea of fair is “shut up” I knew about Rices treatment, but had to look up the other two.
    http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/09/us/brandeis-cancels-plan-to-give-honorary-degree-to-ayaan-hirsi-ali-a-critic-of-islam.html?_r=0
    ..
    http://money.cnn.com/2014/05/13/news/economy/christine-lagarde-commencement/
    ..
    yeh, would not want to offend anyone..or make any one think for that matter. Better to just wair the true face of hate from the left and declare everyone else must just shut up!

  6. Iluvnancy

    Iluvnancy said, 2 months 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.

  7. mikefive

    mikefive said, 2 months 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.

  8. Kip W

    Kip W said, 2 months 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.

  9. I Play One On TV

    I Play One On TV said, 2 months ago

    @Harleyquinn

    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.

  10. echoraven

    echoraven said, 2 months ago

    @Kip W

    Not to interrupt your koolaid induced haze, but Obama has not changed much in the war front.
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    @TheTrustedMechanic
    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.

  11. Joy Sabl

    Joy Sabl GoComics PRO Member said, 2 months 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.

  12. Night-Gaunt49

    Night-Gaunt49 said, 2 months 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.”

  13. Night-Gaunt49

    Night-Gaunt49 said, 2 months ago

    @davefrompaterson

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

  14. Night-Gaunt49

    Night-Gaunt49 said, 2 months ago

    @Harleyquinn

    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.

  15. Night-Gaunt49

    Night-Gaunt49 said, 2 months ago

    @Harleyquinn

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

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