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    Rice Withdraws from Rutgers Commencement [W:77:155]

    Yet another example in the evidence file that our universities have been taken over by the left. What is it with you leftist and free speech anyway? Why do you try so hard to muzzle any point of view you don't share? One thing though, Condi is one classy lady and showed the kids and profs at Rutgers how to be an adult.

    "Former secretary of state Condoleeza Rice is withdrawing from the Rutgers University commencement ceremony.

    Her invitation by the school’s board of governors had sparked protests from faculty and students, and now Rice has decided not to speak to avoid creating a distraction.
    In a statement to be released this morning, Rice says,
    Commencement should be a time of joyous celebration for the graduates and their families. Rutgers’ invitation to me to speak has become a distraction for the university community at this very special time.
    I am honored to have served my country. I have defended America’s belief in free speech and the exchange of ideas. These values are essential to the health of our democracy. But that is not what is at issue here. As a Professor for thirty years at Stanford University and as it’s former Provost and Chief academic officer, I understand and embrace the purpose of the commencement ceremony and I am simply unwilling to detract from it in any way.
    Good luck to the graduates and congratulations to the families, friends and loved ones who will gather to honor them.

    EXCLUSIVE: Rice Withdraws from Rutgers Commencement | National Review Online

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    re: Rice Withdraws from Rutgers Commencement [W:77]

    Quote Originally Posted by sawyerloggingon View Post
    Yet another example in the evidence file that our universities have been taken over by the left. What is it with you leftist and free speech anyway? Why do you try so hard to muzzle any point of view you don't share? One thing though, Condi is one classy lady and showed the kids and profs at Rutgers how to be an adult.

    "Former secretary of state Condoleeza Rice is withdrawing from the Rutgers University commencement ceremony.

    Her invitation by the school’s board of governors had sparked protests from faculty and students, and now Rice has decided not to speak to avoid creating a distraction.
    In a statement to be released this morning, Rice says,
    Commencement should be a time of joyous celebration for the graduates and their families. Rutgers’ invitation to me to speak has become a distraction for the university community at this very special time.
    I am honored to have served my country. I have defended America’s belief in free speech and the exchange of ideas. These values are essential to the health of our democracy. But that is not what is at issue here. As a Professor for thirty years at Stanford University and as it’s former Provost and Chief academic officer, I understand and embrace the purpose of the commencement ceremony and I am simply unwilling to detract from it in any way.
    Good luck to the graduates and congratulations to the families, friends and loved ones who will gather to honor them.

    EXCLUSIVE: Rice Withdraws from Rutgers Commencement | National Review Online
    Class act.

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    re: Rice Withdraws from Rutgers Commencement [W:77]

    Imagine if MLK Jr. had been as "classy". It is not "classy" to allow a vocal minority of morons to deter you from speaking.
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    re: Rice Withdraws from Rutgers Commencement [W:77]

    Quote Originally Posted by sawyerloggingon View Post
    Yet another example in the evidence file that our universities have been taken over by the left. What is it with you leftist and free speech anyway? Why do you try so hard to muzzle any point of view you don't share? One thing though, Condi is one classy lady and showed the kids and profs at Rutgers how to be an adult.
    Part of free speech that you obviously HATE is that people can protest. Why do you hate free speech so much?

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    re: Rice Withdraws from Rutgers Commencement [W:77]

    Quote Originally Posted by sawyerloggingon View Post
    Yet another example in the evidence file that our universities have been taken over by the left. What is it with you leftist and free speech anyway? Why do you try so hard to muzzle any point of view you don't share? One thing though, Condi is one classy lady and showed the kids and profs at Rutgers how to be an adult.

    "Former secretary of state Condoleeza Rice is withdrawing from the Rutgers University commencement ceremony.

    Her invitation by the school’s board of governors had sparked protests from faculty and students, and now Rice has decided not to speak to avoid creating a distraction.
    In a statement to be released this morning, Rice says,
    Commencement should be a time of joyous celebration for the graduates and their families. Rutgers’ invitation to me to speak has become a distraction for the university community at this very special time.
    I am honored to have served my country. I have defended America’s belief in free speech and the exchange of ideas. These values are essential to the health of our democracy. But that is not what is at issue here. As a Professor for thirty years at Stanford University and as it’s former Provost and Chief academic officer, I understand and embrace the purpose of the commencement ceremony and I am simply unwilling to detract from it in any way.
    Good luck to the graduates and congratulations to the families, friends and loved ones who will gather to honor them.

    EXCLUSIVE: Rice Withdraws from Rutgers Commencement | National Review Online
    As far as I can tell, this has nothing to do with free speech. This is about Rutgers students not wanting their commencement ceremony tainted by one of the architects of the Iraq war, the most egregious crime of state in recent history. I'm sure if you surveyed the Rutgers students, they would have no objection to Rice giving a lecture, just not during their graduation ceremony.
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    re: Rice Withdraws from Rutgers Commencement [W:77]

    Quote Originally Posted by ttwtt78640 View Post
    Imagine if MLK Jr. had been as "classy". It is not "classy" to allow a vocal minority of morons to deter you from speaking.
    You know King was a socialist, right?
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    re: Rice Withdraws from Rutgers Commencement [W:77]

    Classy?

    She was national Security Advisor when America invaded Iraq, when rendition was going on, when the abomination at Gitmo began, she authorized the use of water boarding and on and on.

    This woman isn't classy...she's a pig (or at least she was)

    And now as soon as a few people protest she scurries away...so she is a coward as well.

    Good for the students of Rutgers who protested her giving the commencement.


    Btw...I am neither Dem nor Rep...I think both parties are worse then useless.

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    re: Rice Withdraws from Rutgers Commencement [W:77]

    Quote Originally Posted by ttwtt78640 View Post
    Imagine if MLK Jr. had been as "classy". It is not "classy" to allow a vocal minority of morons to deter you from speaking.
    There's a difference between speaking against ignorance and fighting for equality, as MLK, Jr. did and speaking to a bunch of tolerant, equality minded progressive kids that are too young and too stupid to see the irony in their actions.

    She's a class act. And, I agree with her choice here. In fact, she said more to these people by not coming and sending this letter than she could have had she gone.
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    re: Rice Withdraws from Rutgers Commencement [W:77]

    Quote Originally Posted by ttwtt78640 View Post
    Imagine if MLK Jr. had been as "classy". It is not "classy" to allow a vocal minority of morons to deter you from speaking.
    Condi put the kids and their parents ahead of her own ego and asserting her right to free speech. Not saying I would have gone that route but I do think "class" and maturity descibes her actions here.

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    re: Rice Withdraws from Rutgers Commencement [W:77]

    Quote Originally Posted by TheNextEra View Post
    Part of free speech that you obviously HATE is that people can protest. Why do you hate free speech so much?
    From the link you obviously didn't read.

    "In a statement when the controversy first erupted, Rutgers president Robert Barchi said, “We cannot protect free speech or academic freedom by denying others the right to an opposing view, or by excluding those with whom we may disagree. Free speech and academic freedom cannot be determined by any group. They cannot insist on consensus or popularity.”

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