The Right To Give Offense (October 1, 2007)
A wing nut like Ahmadinejad, the President of Iran, is invited to speak at Columbia University. Let him speak. The First Amendment “right to give offense” among other rights does not excuse a fusillade of offensive comments as part of a long-winded introduction. Why would some wing nut like Lee Bollinger, the President of the U, trash the guy in his introduction. A university president at a large, profitable corporate American university is primarily interested in the bottom line, the profitability of the entity, the endowment at the end of the day. Columbia could have run a profit by running a polite conversation. Again, America looks rude, petty, coarse, uncivil, uncivilized, arrogant and intolerant. Again. And again and again.
Bumper sticker of the week:
Love Your Enemies
It Confuses Them