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Sep. 13th, 2007

07:30 pm - Question for the Free Speech advocates on my friendslist

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From:fractallaw
Date:September 17th, 2007 09:01 pm (UTC)
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You make an interesting point about what you're required to do in a classroom, but I think overall society is better served by not limiting free speech except in extreme cases, like threats of violence.

It sounds to me like the guy with the sign just stood there and let Brother Jed make an ass of himself. If Jed been booted from campus he would have been able to make a big fuss about being persecuted and the fact that he had been making hateful comments would have been lost in that.

He wasn't booted, so he had plenty of opportunity to show everyone exactly what he was really like.
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From:ferrousoxide
Date:September 18th, 2007 05:45 am (UTC)
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Yar. I talked to a few people about that too. But everyone really knows what he's like. As far as i can tell, people only watch him for entertainment value. I've never even seen a religious person agree with him. It's like baiting the trolls in meatspace, which is, of course, less than helpful.

So, i reckon everyone knows his true colours. But i'd have hated for him to get any local or national press for being booted off campus ("our rights were infringed upon!"). I just wish someone official had said *something* considering we're on a campus that makes no bones about the fact that if you harass or injure someone in the name of religious/racial/gender-based/sexuality-based issues, it's a hate crime and is looked upon with a more critical eye than other issues.
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