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Palin Derangement Syndrome Prevents Bristol’s Appearance at University

posted at 11:29 am on January 28, 2011 by

Nothing says “academic freedom” like kowtowing to a few hundred students who signed up for an anti-Palin Facebook page:

Anger over a decision to pay Bristol Palin several thousand dollars in student fees to talk to Washington University students about abstinence led to a decision Thursday night to nix Palin’s appearance on a panel here next month.
Washington University’s Student Health Advisory Committee had extended an invitation to Palin, a spokeswoman to prevent teen pregnancy, to speak on abstinence as part of the university’s Student Sexual Responsibility Week. . . .
A Facebook petition to compel the school to nix Palin’s appearance had hundreds of signatures Thursday evening. “It’s not necessarily in opposition to the ideas that are being presented,” explained Philip Thomas, the Washington U. student who initiated the petition. “People are getting so angry because of the opposition to Palin’s lack of expertise and the high cost she is charging,” especially in light of budget cuts that have adversely affected other student activities, he said.

Let us stipulate that, at any university in America, there are hundreds of students who would sign an anti-Palin petition. Washington University has 13,000 undergraduates. The student who organized the anti-Palin petition posted this last month at his blog:

The Economist on Dec. 9 2010 quotes Gallup polls that state that only 6% of scientists self-identify as Republican. It tickles me that, among those pursuing the systematic search for truth, so few align with Republican beliefs. Politically, the irrational actions of the GOP reinforce this poll quite clearly.

So a Democratic student organizes an anti-Palin petition and the university administration caves. What if there were “hundreds of signatures” on a student petition against a campus appearance by Michael Moore, Noam Chomsky, Al Gore or Barack Obama?

Why is it always Republican speakers whose speaking appearances are the objects of these hateful efforts to silence them?

So much for the “systematic search for truth,” eh?

(Via Memeorandum. Cross-posted at The Other McCain.)

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yes.
and incorrect.
and need to find out who else is on the panel before sounding off any more.

audiculous on January 28, 2011 at 7:11 PM

yes.
and incorrect.
and need to find out who else is on the panel before sounding off any more.

audiculous on January 28, 2011 at 7:11 PM

Yeah, sorry … you’re not qualified to make that determination.

darwin on January 28, 2011 at 7:20 PM

find out who else is on the panel and stop pissing on yourself.

audiculous on January 28, 2011 at 7:32 PM

It’s called political correctness, and it’s destroying America.

http://www.examiner.com/conservative-in-spokane/university-ditches-bristol-palin-s-appearance-at-sexual-responsibility-week

jdawg on January 29, 2011 at 2:11 AM

find out who else is on the panel and stop pissing on yourself.

audiculous on January 28, 2011 at 7:32 PM

As usual you wander off on some tangent that has nothing to do with the topic. You are truly audiclueless.

darwin on January 29, 2011 at 8:57 AM

yes.
and incorrect.
and need to find out who else is on the panel before sounding off any more.

audiculous on January 28, 2011 at 7:11 PM

Your opinions are not correct and you can now shut up. Getting it yet?

Noelie on January 29, 2011 at 9:28 AM

Getting it yet?

Noelie

not if you’re giving it. wouldn’t be worth anything.

audiculous on January 29, 2011 at 10:36 AM

Your opinions are not correct and you can now shut up. Getting it yet?

Noelie on January 29, 2011 at 9:28 AM

A Burger King crown and plastic scepter doesn’t make you queen of HA.

Dark-Star on January 30, 2011 at 9:39 PM

Time for the conservative students of this University to insist on proper application of Alinsky Rule #4. What is good for the goose is certainly good for the gander.

unclesmrgol on January 30, 2011 at 10:29 PM

find out who else is on the panel and stop pissing on yourself.

audiculous on January 28, 2011 at 7:32 PM

The article states: Representatives of (a) Planned Parenthood and (b) the school’s Catholic Center.

As for Palin’s supposed lack of expertise, she meets almost any requirement for experience that one can imagine. She
(a) had sex which resulted in pregnancy,
(b) determined to have her child as opposed to aborting it,
(c) had the child, and
(d) is raising the child.

Her supposed lack of experience is anything but — she knows exactly what can go wrong with the drill to not get pregnant as a teenager, and can speak at length about what that does to one’s life.

Perhaps they’ll invite Gianna Jessen instead. She can certainly speak at length on the choices which result from a teenage pregnancy.

unclesmrgol on January 30, 2011 at 10:35 PM

unclesmrgol, and someone from Missouri Right to Life

The panel’s topic: abstinence. It will also include representatives from the Catholic Student Center on campus, Missouri Right to Life, and Planned Parenthood, said Scott Elman, president of the Student Health Advisory Commitee at Washington University.

audiculous on January 30, 2011 at 11:50 PM

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