October 25, 2007

David Horowitz Lecture At Emory University Disrupted

In what has become an all too common occurrence at our universities, open discourse was once again squashed by militant and boorish behavior from members of the audience at yesterday's lecture by David Horowitz.

Speaking at Emory University as part of Islamo-Fascism Awareness Week, David Horowitz had barely begun his talk when members of the audience began disrupting the event, ultimately forcing police to end the lecture and escort Horowitz from the stage.

According to Frontpage Magazine, the crowd of more than 300 was diverse, and included many of "the usual suspects":

The audience included a wide range of Leftists from Amnesty International, Veterans for Peace, and Students for Justice in Palestine, as well as Muslim groups such as the Muslim Student Association. In addition, members of "National Project to Defend Dissent & Critical Thinking in Academia," an organization dedicated to opposing Islamo-Fascism Awareness Week events throughout the country, participated in the protests dressed in orange attire as a reference to Guantanamo Bay. There was also a sizable group of men and women dressed in traditional Muslim garb as well as students wearing Kafiyehs, a symbol of Arab solidarity.

Videos showing the beginning of the speech and the subsequent disruptions can be viewed below the fold.

Part 1

Part 2A

Part 2B

Part 3

Yet another blow to independent thought in our universities.
Yet another blow to our freedoms of speech and assembly.
Yet another blow to the parents who toiled and scrimped and saved, just to secure a decent education for their children.
Somehow I doubt this is what they had in mind.

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