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HARVARD CANCELS INVITATION FROM MINUTEMAN FOUNDER

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Apparently, he's spoken there before. Fortunately, this time the story is different:

The Undergraduate Legal Committee released a statement that read, "Mr.
Gilchrist's participation in the conference on the behalf of the
Minutemen Project was not compatible with providing an environment for
civil, educational, and productive discourse on immigration, and we
cannot host him at this time.''

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  1. Jack's Avatar
    Apparently this was due to Immigration/Citizen Orange blogger Kyle A. de Beausset, Harvard Class of 2011. Forget the old Brown U. anti-free speech codes--at Harvard these days the last second complaint of one student can override an accepted invitation from a student group which went through all the proper channels and was approved? Hey Kyle, when you inevitably go to law school, I hope you stumble across this case:

    "If there be time to expose through discussion the falsehood and fallacies, to avert the evil by the processes of education, the remedy to be applied is more speech, not enforced silence."


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    "Mr. Gilchrist's participation in the conference on the behalf of the Minutemen Project was not compatible with providing an environment for civil, educational, and productive discourse on immigration, and we cannot host him at this time.''

    Cannot? At this time? Oh, please. Was Gilchrist uncivil in February? I am curious what he said given that he got invited back. So what gives? Did a riot break out? Is someone threatening one this time? Nope. Kyle isn't even trying to impose a heckler's veto and downplayed that in the Juan Williams interview--he admits he just doesn't like Gilchrist's ideas! Kyle said, "I'm concerned about the broader national implications of legitimizing these extremist views with the Harvard name". By that standard, all controversial speakers would be banned. Contrast Kyle's weak excuse with the words of Columbia Univ. President Bollinger about
    President Ahmadinejad's appearance:

    'I would also like to invoke a major theme in the development of freedom of speech as a central value in our society. It should never be thought that merely to listen to ideas we deplore in any way implies our endorsement of those ideas, or the weakness of our resolve to resist those ideas or our naivet? about the very real dangers inherent in such ideas. It is a critical premise of freedom of speech that we do not honor the dishonorable when we open the public forum to their voices. To hold otherwise would make vigorous debate impossible.'


    Kyle, if Gilchrist is so terrible, why not take ask for the opportunity to get up there and discredit him with your own words rather than demanding that your university censor his?



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