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Commend the University of Washington

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Submitted by Vince Allen (United States), Apr 29, 2002

The University of Washington should be commended for its courage to stand-up against those who wish to control the free exchange of ideas, and Mr. Pipes should be applauded for his unwavering stance against militant Islam. While a student at the University of Pittsburgh back in the eighties, I attended a lecture by Louis Farrakhan, and while I disagreed with his characterizations of Christianity and Judaism, I fervently supported his right to express his views and allow free thinking people the ability to form their own opinions.

Only when ideas are exposed to the light of day can we reflect and consider them for ourselves. What happened in Seattle and the attempts of radical Muslims to disrupt Mr. Pipes’ lecture only go to demonstrate the hierocracies of militant Islam. I have read and enjoyed Mr. Pipes articles since the dark days of September 11, and at no time found his writings racist or totalitarian (unlike the ideals espoused by militant Islamists). Thank you Mr. Pipes.
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Title Commenter Date Thread
a valuable learning experience but some questions [312 words]Anwar WagdyApr 30, 2002 182
What a guy! [14 words]Jill MontesApr 30, 2002 180
A hero in his own right [33 words]Hallie LermanApr 29, 2002 146
Myopia [45 words]Jonathan SheimanApr 29, 2002 142
Encouragement [43 words]Adele M. Perlman, M.D.Apr 29, 2002 140
Frightening views [67 words]Yvonne PicardApr 29, 2002 138
Keep steadfast [60 words]Jan BruggemanApr 29, 2002 137
Commend the University of Washington [164 words]Vince AllenApr 29, 2002 136
My dear "Hate Monger" [58 words]Dixon PorterApr 29, 2002 135
Keep up the great work! [6 words]Allan GrafmanApr 29, 2002 134
ISLAMAKAZIES [17 words]Paul GastwirthApr 29, 2002 133
Thanks from the trenches [102 words]Adrienne WienirApr 29, 2002 132
Who's the real enemy? [190 words]Robert UngerApr 29, 2002 131
A Reasoned Voice [77 words]Dr. I Thomas SheppardApr 29, 2002 130
Thanks for the good work [5 words]Bruce BeattyApr 29, 2002 129
Freedom to threaten [125 words]Ken BesigApr 29, 2002 128
No other moderates? [102 words]Steve HessApr 29, 2002 127

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