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Columbia University welcomes Ahmadinejad; Columbia Political Union rejects Minuteman speaker

Via this we learn that at the same time as Columbia University and their president Lee Bollinger wants Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to engage in a speech at Columbia (link), the student-led Columbia Political Union is denying a similar right to Minuteman Project co-founder Jim Gilchrist.

The CPU's executive board (cupolitics.org/leadership/eboard.html) voted on Monday night to deny a return engagement to Gilchrist. As you may recall, he was forced off the stage by violent far-left groups last year.

From their statement (blog.cupolitics.org/node/291):

After several productive conversations with other student leaders and our advisors, and after lengthy discussions among our Executive Board members, it has become clear that this event cannot take the form we had originally hoped it would and could not effectively accomplish the goals we had hoped it might.

Gilchrist says that a majority of their members as well as deans wanted him to speak. However, Professor David Eisenbach may have been one of those who helped pull the plug.

UPDATE: Not so fast: Eisenbach is looking like one of the good guys, telling AP about the decision to uninvite Gilchrist:

"The health of a free society and a university depends on the free expression of ideas. Only through a free expression of ideas can we reach the truth."

And:

"Of course I imagine there will be a protest, a large and potentially disruptive one—though I don't know about that—and certainly I will be helping to organize it," Judd, reached by phone Monday afternoon, said of the invitation... "I would really like to know what the hell he [Eisenbach] thinks he's doing," [International Socialist Organization President David Judd, SEAS '08] added... Lauren Steinberg, CC '09 and CUCR's director of operations, said she hadn't heard of the invitation before today [9/17]... "Personally, I really hope he's not coming," Steinberg said. "I mean, it was a fun time last year, but I don't need it to happen again."

Their plan was initially to invite Karina Garcia to debate Gilchrist, but apparently she refused.

Immigration2007b · Thu, 09/20/2007 - 16:51 · Importance: 4

Fri, 09/21/2007 - 09:43
Tanstaafl
age-of-treason.blogspot.com/

Good little Stalinists.

Fri, 09/21/2007 - 14:05
Ken Dreger
www.hspig.org

And what is wrong with this picture! WE want to have one of the leaders from IRAN, who tells us openly that they hate us, and want to disolve the American way! OR we listen to a patriotic person who loves this country and wants to save it from being over run by people who enter into the USA ILLEGALLY! WAKE UP COLUMBIA U. ! Hello, if this is what you are being taught, you are getting the raw end of the deal, any either you or your parents are spending $$$$ for nothing! Maybe the school also needs to be looked into here, this is just NOT right, and the staff who supports this should be deeply ASHAMED of themselves for doing this!

Fri, 09/21/2007 - 18:54
Fred Dawes
www.MySpace.com/freddawes1776

soon you will have to fight for freedom here the sad part is all of this evil could have been stopped many years ago, buy guns.

Fri, 09/21/2007 - 23:49
petty bourgeois

We need new sedition laws. Round them up and intern them in little camps before they do the same to us Americans.

Fri, 09/21/2007 - 23:53
petty bourgeois

Better yet, the camps for the academy should be based upon the sino-viet model of "re-education", only this time the curriculum will consist of the founding fathers' beliefs. Put the entire academy in there for a year or two, for good measure, since they are already doing it to you in the academy as we speak.

Sat, 09/22/2007 - 07:13
Muslims Against Sharia
www.reformislam.org

Muslims Against Sharia condemn, in the strongest possible terms, the decision of Columbia University to provide a speaking venue for Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Apparently letting Akbar Rafsanjani speak at the National Cathedral was not the height of American Dhimmitude, because providing a venue for the world's foremost anti-Semite, whose proclaimed goal is the destruction of the USA and Israel, definitely takes the cake. What is surprising is that we don't hear any complaints from Columbia alumni who should be ashamed of their silence. MORE ON THE SUBJECT: WHY DOES COLUMBIA HOST AHMADINEJAD? [1]

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Thu, 10/04/2007 - 17:26
Muslims Against Sharia
www.reformislam.org

Muslims Against Sharia condemn, in the strongest possible terms, the decision of Columbia University to provide a speaking venue for Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Apparently letting Akbar Rafsanjani speak at the National Cathedral was not the height of American Dhimmitude, because providing a venue for the world's foremost anti-Semite, whose proclaimed goal is the destruction of the USA and Israel, definitely takes the cake. What is surprising is that we don't hear any complaints from Columbia alumni who should be ashamed of their silence. MORE ON THE SUBJECT: 1. WHY DOES COLUMBIA HOST AHMADINEJAD? [1] 2. ABSOLUTELY THE MOST BRILLIANT COMMENTARY ON AHMADINEJAD & COLUMBIA (R-RATED LANGUAGE) [2]

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[2] http://127.0.0.1/HTTP://MUSLIMSAGAINSTSHARIA.BLOGSPOT.COM/2007/09/BRILLIANT-COMMNETARY-ON-AHMADINEJAD.HTML