Speaker Banned in Indiana
I just came across this reportlast month of an animal rights speaker banned by the Provost from talking at the University of Southern Indiana on the grounds that outside speakers must “not advocate violation of any federal or state law.” I have nothing but contempt for the idiot fringe of the animal rights movement, but this kind of censorship is shocking. By this standard, Martin Luther King Jr. and anyone else who ever advocated civil disobedience would be banned from speaking on campus. So, too, would nearly all conservatives be banned, such as those who ever supported Oliver North's illicit aid to the Contras or urged the assassination of a foreign dictator. If this had been a conservative speaker banned from a campus, we would have heard widespread outrage and publicity; instead, we only find out about the censorship in Indiana because a right-wing blog decided to brag about the banning of a left-wing speaker.