Today Iranian President Ahmadinejad heads to Columbia University to give speech ad an (DIS)honored speaker. What a disgrace. A University that claims its all about free speech, yet manages to be selective in that very process.
They ask why a school that will not allow an ROTC program to be part of its curriculum would allow Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, one of America’s avowed enemies, onto its campus.
I wonder how the Jewish alumni of Columbia feel right now, or anything right thinking one for that matter. Columbia University has even gone so far as saying, they “would welcome any notable figure visiting the United States — even Adolf Hitler himself.” They would allow Hitler, but not the ROTC?
Ahmadinejad is to speak and answer questions at a Columbia forum Monday, followed by a scheduled address to the U.N. General Assembly on Tuesday. Columbia’s invitation has drawn howls from politicians, religious groups and other organizations. But the university has not backed down, and its president, Lee Bollinger has promised to grill Ahmadinejad on subjects such as human rights, the Holocaust and Iran’s disputed nuclear program.
The outspoken Iranian leader, who has openly called for the destruction of Israel and questioned the scale of the Holocaust, is due to speak at Columbia University on Monday, a day before addressing the UN General Assembly.
The Iranian leader said before leaving Tehran earlier Sunday that the visit would allow him to meet independent politicians from Tehran’s arch foe and give Iran a platform to address the international community.
Columbia President Lee Bollinger has promised to grill Ahmadinejad on subjects such as human rights, the Holocaust and Iran’s disputed nuclear program. The Iranian leader previously has called the Holocaust “a myth” and called for Israel to be “wiped off the map.”
Bollinger said Monday it was a question of free speech and academic freedom.
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was treated to a humiliating and public dressing down when he appeared at a top US university Monday, where he was described as a “petty and cruel dictator.”
UPDATE II:‘No homosexuals in Iran’: Ahmadinejad
And if there were Ahmadinejad … What’s wrong with that?
“In Iran we don’t have homosexuals like in your country,” Ahmadinejad said to howls and boos among the Columbia University audience.
“In Iran we do not have this phenomenon, I don’t know who has told you that we have it,” he said.