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Our universities should be areas where our students can learn both sides of the issues, and learn how to formulate their own perspectives and ideology. They should not be places where professors shut off the free flow of discussions, and only allow discussion of their views.
In that light, Florida State University (FSU) recently hosted the controversial friend of Barack Obama, terrorist Bill Ayers, for a speaking engagement. The fact that this man is allowed to speak at all to the students anywhere is a travesty in and of itself, but, that is the judicial system working to protect our rights, so his freedom of speech can be tolerated. Less tolerable is the use of tax dollars to pay for his visit. Taxpayers in any state should resent using tax dollars to pay someone who takes no remorse in his bombings.
But the greatest travesty was the fact that the administrators at FSU placed a ban on any PROTESTS during Mr. Ayers visits. The irony that this man who marched and protested America’s Vietnam involvement and America’s establishment would not be subjected to protests himself.
When First Lady Laura Bush addressed the graduating class at Vanderbilt University in 2006, those sitting in the audience, including Texas Gov. Rick Perry (whose son was one of the graduates), knew she was about to arrive because you could hear the protesters that were just beyond the entrance gates of the University. Just a week or so later, as Secretary of State Condeleeza Rice addressed the graduates at Boston College, a group of students stood up and turned their backs on her as she spoke. Keep in mind that both of these schools are private institutions, thus are on prvate property where protests could be controlled or banned, while FSU is a public institution, and limitations on freedom of speech should not be as easy to control.
But Bill Ayers is not to be subjected to any protesters!! What happened to freedom of speech?