Emory U’s President Apologizes to Horowitz · 30 November 2007

James W. Wagner, President of Emory University, where the self-proclaimed proponents of free speech and free inquiry behaved like the fascist thugs they really are and shouted down David Horowitz last week, has apologized to the College Republicans for the disruption of the event they sponsored.

In the course of his apology, Wagner says this:

It is worth reminding ourselves and others, in this context, that Emory invites speakers to our campus primarily for the interest and enrichment of the campus community. We open our doors to others as a courtesy. One regrettable consequence of Wednesday night’s assault on free speech is our decision to restrict admission to Glenn Auditorium on Monday afternoon for a lecture by former Palestinian minister of higher education and research Hanan Ashrawi. Admission will be open only to persons with a valid college or university photo ID from Emory or elsewhere. In order to accommodate the interest of persons from the general community, an off-site video feed will be made available in White Hall 208.

Hey, thanks, Dr. Wagner. That’s terrific. One speaker’s address got disrupted, so you’re taking extra precautions for the next speaker. Admirable foresight, sir!

Just a few questions: does your determination to make sure Hanan Ashrawi’s speech goes off without disruption have anything to do with her status as an apologist for Palestinian jihad terror against Israel?

And aren’t your precautions regarding her speech a suggestion that conservative students are likely to engage in the same fascist silencing tactics that the Emory student Leftists engaged in when they torpedoed Horowitz’s speech?

Yet where and when have conservative students ever behaved in such a manner?

If you are really interested in free speech and free inquiry, as you say, wouldn’t it make more sense not to trumpet your protections of Hanan Ashrawi, which are not needed in any case since Leftist and pro-jihad speakers are never in physical danger on college campuses, but to invite David Horowitz back to Emory and make sure he is allowed to speak without being shouted down by thugs?
Robert Spencer is a scholar of Islamic history, theology, and law and the director of Jihad Watch. He is the author of seven books, eight monographs, and hundreds of articles about jihad and Islamic terrorism, including the New York Times Bestsellers The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam (and the Crusades) and The Truth About Muhammad. His latest book is Religion of Peace?.