Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Missing in Action: ACLU And Other Free Speech Proponents

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.

For the woefully ignorant, that's the First Amendment to the Constitution.
There's a reason it's the first. It is the most basic of our constitutional rights.
Without it, all our other freedoms would be in jeopardy.

Wouldn't you expect our academic institutions to respect this basic right?
Wouldn't you expect the ACLU to fight against any institutional ban on free speech?

I guess the ACLU and Columbia University only respect the right to free speech depending on who is exercising their right.

48 days: That's how long it's been since Columbia University hosted a breathtakingly brazen attack on free speech and academic freedom.

Since then, not a word of apology has been offered to those whose rights were trampled - nor an ounce of punishment meted out to the offenders.

The only thing, in fact, that Columbia's administrators have done is to announce an "investigation" - which, of course, they would do.

Beyond that, Columbia's silent.

* No comment on when the investigation might wrap up.

* No comment on how many students are under investigation.

* No comment on how many face possible expulsion.

Maybe Columbia's hoping the whole matter will simply go away.

Or perhaps the administration is just too scared to confront its brownshirts.

Regardless, what transpired that night is clear: Just as Jim Gilchrist, founder of the anti-illegal-immigration Minuteman Project, opened his remarks at a campus event sponsored by the college's Republican Club, thugs bum-rushed the stage and physically attacked the speaker.

Their assault was premeditated. Gilchrist was barely able to utter a word before being hustled away by security.

Apart from some boilerplate rhetoric immediately after the attack, university President Lee Bollinger has had little of substance to say about it.

There has been no formal apology to Gilchrist.

There has been no invitation for him to return to Columbia for a do-over.

Worst of all, Bollinger - though a First Amendment specialist - appears perfectly content with how things are proceeding.

Bollinger, of course, hasn't been shy on another matter: Columbia's plans to expand its northern Manhattan campus, annexing surrounding neighborhoods in the process.

To realize the campus' expansion, considerable acquiescence from the school's neighbors, and the city, will be required.

But if Bollinger can't - or, worse, won't - come expeditiously to terms with the young thugs roaming his campus, then it's fair to ask whether Columbia ought to be permitted to expand at all.

If Columbia no longer holds freedom of speech in the highest regard, its neighbors surely can be forgiven for wondering if the university can be trusted on more mundane matters.


At 5:36 PM, Blogger Obob said...

The ACLU and the MSM are a joke when it comes to rghts taht are violated that may not be vogue. Hell, the ACLU defending the Klan made them look "daring." But the reality that any speech that is not brazen or gets the ACLU/MSM good or bad publicity is not worth their time. Like the stories of good coming ot of Iraq, they are not sexy. And sex sells baby.

At 7:21 PM, Blogger WomanHonorThyself said...

obob is right AC..they pick and choose at will with complete disregard for LAW..just like the judges.
Happy holiday to u and yours AC!

At 7:40 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is the same University that hounded students for complaining about Jewish students being harassed by faculty.

At 8:33 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

obob-you got the first comment this time..way to go.

ACLU are a bunch of commies.
Saw the vid on that.
Take care AC

At 6:52 AM, Blogger Brooke said...

Cafeteria rights... And the icky lunch lady serving the disgusting heap is the ACLU.

At 7:03 AM, Blogger elmers brother said...

Holy cow...why doesn't this surprise me.

At 7:07 AM, Blogger benning said...

The Ivory Towers of Academe are immune to the Constitution. As our Elites they can do no wrong - as long as they hie to the wishes of the Leftists - and may ignore with impunity any complaints we may raise.

Any Federal or State funds Columbia, or any other institution of "higher learning", receives should be pulled forthwith. Any bets on when that will happen? Guts are in short supply in our nation's capitol.

At 10:42 AM, Blogger Always On Watch said...

Most Ivy Leagues are so far left that they can be declared a disaster area when it comes to allowing anyone on the right to express an opinion without some kind of punitive measure--often the grades given.

I'm not surprised that Columbia University has neither apologized nor invited Gilchrist back. And forget the investigation--which is another no-go.

As you said, Crusader:

I guess the ACLU and Columbia University only respect the right to free speech depending on who is exercising their right.

The left wants tolerance but gives none!

At 10:59 AM, Blogger American Crusader said...

benning said..."Guts are in short supply in our nation's capitol."

Brains are also on the short list.

At 1:43 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


Happy Thanksgiving and all the best to you and yours.

At 2:44 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not to steer from the topic, but just wanted to tell you that instead of turkey, we're having dolphin steaks that will be carved up in Ford Field, Detroit.

At 4:08 PM, Blogger Freedomnow said...

Happy Thanksgiving to you AC, to all of your visitors and to the Anti Christian Litigation Union as well.

At 8:52 PM, Blogger Obob said...

happy thanksgiving

At 10:40 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Happy Thaksgiving to all here!
Thanks AC for the presentation, awesome!

At 8:49 AM, Blogger Brooke said...

Are you in a food coma today? ;)

Happy Thanksgiving!

At 5:28 PM, Blogger lilfeathers2000 said...

Communist socialist and agnostics have no respect for our constitution and will not abide by it. They will destroy it if we let them.
Thats what most people don't dare to say. The ACLU and many others are the dynamic three-O mentioned above.

At 10:51 PM, Blogger Obob said...

AC, my cards let your jayhawks off the hook this year. Consider it an early christmas gift.

At 12:35 PM, Blogger Gayle said...

The enemy isn't merely Jihadists; the enemy also lies within... and lie they do, at every opportunity!

Even though my Thanksgiving was, well, rather screwed up, I hope you and yours had a wonderful one, Wordsmith. Blessings!

At 4:24 PM, Blogger Gayle said...

Ooops! Please forgive me, AC. I've been sick.

Also, I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving.


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