Long Live the First Amendment!

Iranian president Ahmadinejad was invited to speak at Columbia University on Monday.

I, for one, was delighted that the college invited the man to come and deliver a speech. There was a great deal of uproar and protest around the event, but the college – rightly – stood by their decision to go ahead with their plans. Sure, they were giving a very unpopular man a very powerful forum to speak, but they were also giving him a proverbial noose with which to hang himself in front of the American people. Columbia University was also giving their president an opportunity to deliver what may have been one of the best introductions EVER. Observe:

Columbia was also correct in allowing Ahmajinedad to speak because, as one reporter put it:

Ahmadinejad is the president of a major nation in a vital part of the world, and we should have enough self-assurance and belief in our own system of government, and in the intelligence of our college students, that we can let them (and our larger public) evaluate his words, whatever they may be.

Well, his words were, to put not too fine a point on it, dumb.

Did you know that there are NO gays in Iran? (I bet there are no left-handed people there, either.) That women in Iran enjoy the “highest levels of freedom”? That the Holocaust is a “myth”? All true: so sayeth the moronic leader of Iran.

Here’s what I think about this – I applaud Columbia University for letting Ahmadinejad speak. They upheld the tenets of this country by offering this man the opportunity to exercise his freedom of expression, and offered the rest of us an opportunity to see and hear for ourselves what a certifiable nut job the guy really is.

God/dess bless the people of Iran. With a guy like this at the helm of their country, they need all the help they can get.

 

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8 responses to “Long Live the First Amendment!

  1. Organic Mama

    Simply, that was a brilliant, comprehensive denouncement of every evil that man stands for, placed in the context of academic scrutiny. Ahmadinejad is foul, deranged, and proved himself to be utterly ridiculous.

  2. I was so afraid that he would not ba allowed to speak. Hooray to Columbia for allowing this man to say his piece and let us all hear his foolishness.

    No gays? Yeah, right.

  3. I have trouble using words like “ridiculous” or “moronic” to describe a man who, despite is far out views, can and may kill you, me and everyone we know. I do not find him ridiculous, I find him petrifying and he doesn’t seem moronic to me since he’s managed to get himself right to the top of the twisted ladder of Iran with his finger on a number of buttons. Crazy, though? Yes, terrifyingly crazy and I don’t know how you negotiate with crazy.

  4. Kizz, I agree with the point you make here, but I also think that if we can out him for the crazy that he is, and support his own people as they try to free themselves of him – the administration doesn’t want us to hear much about the mass of Iranians working against him and his regime because, you know, Iranians are evil and closed-minded and doesn’t everyone know they’re all born terrorists? – we (and they) won’t have to worry about him anymore.

  5. Oh no, don’t get me wrong, I’m glad he was here and that he spoke and I’m a little confused about why he wasn’t allowed to go to Ground Zero and dig his hole that much deeper. I only object to terminology that, in my perception, diminishes the scope of the threat that he does actually pose.

  6. mrsgatt

    I think this post is right on the money. But after taking a look at this guy’s sad hair and drab wardrobe, I can’t help but wonder if there truly aren’t any gays in his country. Otherwise, boyfriend would have been looking fly.

    As a Soprano’s fan, I just love it when people dig their own graves.

  7. I’m truly ambivalent about this. It’s not like the man needs a forum in which to speak. He has one. He controls it.

    All because I’m secure in most beliefs, that doesn’t mean I’m going to have President Bush over for dinner.

    I finally remembered to blogroll you, by the way.

    Hi.

  8. You don’t negotiate with crazy, Kizz – you put a bullet between its eyes.

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