Sunday, March 5, 2006

Portland State Univesity Vanguard on Irving sentence

Riggs Fulmer, writing in the Portland State Vanguard, issues another ringing defense of freedom of speech.

He cites my position that opposes Holocaust denial laws correctly. However, he misstates my position when he says that I don't think Holocaust denial is a form of antisemitism. That it is, without doubt.

He also fails to understand the national context. As I said in the previous post, the same words, costumes, and symbols have different meanings in different contexts.

I must say that I continue to be amazed at the column inches this is getting

1 comment:

Dave said...

College newspaper writers and editors, being college students, always find it necessary to write ringing defenses of freedom of speech.

Part of it is because there isn't that much to cover on college campuses.

Part of it is because college students are full of young adulthood and its related idealism, having just learned it from their professors.

Part of it is because college students want to achieve Utopia overnight.

And part of it is because college students hope that by making their newspapers "controversial" and "feisty," they will gain attention from parents, faculty, and potential employers, and thus win Pulitzer Prizes and lucrative jobs and publishing contracts (and a spot on the McLaughlin Group) before they're 30.