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Submitted by Mike Runnels (United States), Sep 17, 2002 at 15:46

As a 1967 graduate of CC I was not surprised to see the school invite a controversial speaker to a forum.....CC has been doing this for decades, giving students, faculty and the public access to differing views. Nor am I suprised at the nature of the protests and the civility of it all. What I am surprised about is the conclusion that CC's action was "morally idiotic" without an appreciation of the long and honorable tradition of academic freedom the decision represented. It was, inarguably, a decision certain to raise objections and needed to be questioned for the initial lack of 'balance' (if you can 'balance' the differences at all in this conflict...). At the least it was a clear contrast to Concordia and the Canadian response. At the most, it continued a tradition of open discussion that allows even the indefensible to be heard, and, judged for what it is.

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