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The University Failed; Hannity & Colmes Obfuscate the Issue

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Submitted by Nathan Rosenblatt (United States), Feb 8, 2007 at 18:11

Daniel Pipes made a simple statement regarding the University's attitude towards the interruptors: they should be put on notice that disrupting a speaker is unacceptable behavior. Colmes simply ignores the statement, overriding it with 'well you were able to speak after the disrupters left." It's as if "All's well that end's well." Not quite! The University lost something by not speaking out firmly decrying the bad behavior, perhaps our respect.

Mr. Pipes simply wanted the point made by the University to the disruptors that this behavior will not be tolerated in the "cradle of all ideas" - the University. By disrespecting the speaker and ignoring the University's rules, the disruptors violated a basic tenet of our freedom - and were abetted by the University's silence in failing to condem and warn of sanctions for repetitions of this odious behavior.

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