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 Post subject: Should UW-Whitewater Cancel Controversial Speaker?
PostPosted: Sat Feb 26, 2005 11:34 am 
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http://www.themilwaukeechannel.com/news/4223530/detail.html?treets=mil&tid=2653693285813&tml=mil_12pm&tmi=mil_12pm_1_12000202232005&ts=H#

Ward Churchill is known for past comments comparing World Trade Center victims to Nazis.

The Republican-controlled Assembly passed a resolution Monday asking that the UW-Whitewater cancel Churchill's appearance.

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PostPosted: Sun Feb 27, 2005 2:35 am 
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I don't always agree with another person's views, but I think they have a right to them and to share them with those who wish to listen. Also, one has to be careful that things don't get taken / used out of context.

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If Churchill is censored, then we're all censored.

1st Amendment rights are about all of us.

These people who are calling for Churchill's speech to be canceled need to understand that they are not talking about someone else's rights, but their own rights as well. Everyone loses when censorship occurs.

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PostPosted: Sun Feb 27, 2005 10:16 am 
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The most effectual engines for [pacifying a nation] are the public papers... [A despotic] government always [keeps] a kind of standing army of newswriters who, without any regard to truth or to what should be like truth, [invent] and put into the papers whatever might serve the ministers.

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