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Thursday, September 21, 2006

Our Ivory Towers Love President Tom

I've resorted to using Glenn Beck's "President Tom" when referring to Iranian President Ahmadinejad, simply because it's too hard to spell correctly in a consistent manner.

And you all know who I'm talking about, right?

Anyway, it seems that the Ivory Tower that is Columbia University is really interested in having a dialog with the most prominent Holocaust denier in the world. From the Columbia Spectator:

Iranian President Invited to Speak at CU
Bollinger Was Unaware of Proposed Friday Speech
By Amanda Erickson and Leora Falk

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has been invited to speak at Columbia this Friday, University officials confirmed Wednesday night.

Ahmadinejad, who has been criticized for promoting Islamic fundamentalist rule in Iran, is in New York for the United Nations General Assembly meeting.
Note to Amanda and Leora... he isn't "promoting Islamic fundamentalist rule in Iran"... HE IS Islamic Fundamentalist rule in Iran.
University President Lee Bollinger, who learned of the invitation on Wednesday, said in a statement, "I happen to find many of President Ahmadinejad's stated beliefs to be repugnant, a view that I'm sure is widely shared within our university community."

David Stone, executive vice president of communications, said in an e-mail that he understands the invitation came from Lisa Anderson, dean of the School of International and Public Affairs, "as many such invitations to foreign leaders and government officials to speak at the university often do."

Bollinger said he is not sure whether the University will be able to arrange for the visit in such a short period of time.

The Iranian leader has been sharply criticized for some of his statements. At the Council of Foreign Relations on Wednesday, he said he thought "we should allow more impartial studies to be done on" the validity of the Holocaust.

Bollinger said he believes students and faculty will use the opportunity to engage the controversial leader in debate.

"I have no doubt that Columbia students and faculty would use an open exchange to challenge him sharply and are fully capable of reaching their own conclusions,"
he said.

Yes, because the issue of the validity of the Holocaust is something that needs to be debated and discussed - and students need to come to their own conclusions on the matter, no? I mean, sure President Tom is a nutjob. But hey, we have to respect his right to express his anti-Semitic and violent opinions, right?

If only they afforded this type of courtesy to conservative commentators like David Horowitz and Ann Coulter, who are routinely shunned from university campuses around the country.

Your Co-Conspirator,
ARC: St Wendeler

Comments (1)
Lou F said...

Here it is again....give a forum to a nut from another country but not to our own nuts....Ann etc.