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Republican Speaker Uninvited

October 21, 2009

For anyone who missed it, Jim Gilcrist, the founder of the Minuteman Project has been effectively banned from speaking at the Harvard Undergraduate Legal Committee’s annual Public Interest and Law Conference. A Crimson article reports that his views were deemed “not compatible with providing an environment for civil, educational, and productive discourse on immigration.” Apparently, if you have actually made a difference in the immigration issue, your opinion is no longer productive in discourse. Or maybe you just can’t educate us on solutions. Or maybe your enforcing the law is just deemed uncivil.

Or maybe, just maybe, the committee decided that the benefits of Gilcrist’s opinions were not worth the risk of liberal protests. So much for open, honest, bipartisan dialogue on the issues. At least Harvard is preparing its students for what Congress is really like.

One Comment leave one →
  1. liz permalink
    October 22, 2009 5:44 pm

    Forget the fact that he’s a “Republican” speaker; what matters it that we uninvited any speaker based on his political views. Freedom of speech >> politics.

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