Friday, February 13, 2009

Bill Ayers Banned Again

Bill Ayers is quickly surpassing Ward Churchill as the most banned speaker on college campuses. Administrators at Georgia Southern University have banned Ayers from speaking, claiming that they cannot afford $13,000 in security costs for his speech. The use of "security costs" to ban a controversial speaker is a serious threat to free speech. All anyone at Georgia Southern needs to do in order to get rid of a speaker or a professor is simply make a threat. The notion that security would cost $13,000 and require shutting down several parking lots is simply absurd. Exactly why would any parking lot need to be closed? And $13,000 would, by my calculation, allow you to hire more than two hundred security guards for three hours at $20 an hour. Is all that security really necessary?

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