WARDING OFF EVIL AND STUPIDITY

 New York Post: Letters February 19, 2005



WARDING OFF EVIL AND STUPIDITY


Putting the First Amendment issues aside for a moment, University of Colorado Professor Ward Churchill should probably be fired for incompetence alone (" 'Nazi' Prof Stands By His 9/11 Slurs," Feb. 6).


The right to free speech is fundamental to our democracy.

A minority opinion, an unpopular opinion or even a hateful opinion must not be banned.

At the same time, Hamilton College is not required to provide a venue for Churchill's venom.

Free speech, yes. Required speech, no. 


Everett Lautin

Manhattan

______________________________________________________________________________

Newsday: Letters: February 3, 2005


letters@newsday.com


Re: “College panel canceled after death threats” The Associated Press, February 3, 2005 


The right of free speech is fundamental to our democracy. A minority opinion, an unpopular opinion, even a hateful opinion, must not be banned. But Hamilton College is not required to provide a venue for Professor Churchill’s vehemence. They need not have offered and they certainly can withdraw their offer. Free speech, yes. Required speech, no. And is a speech for a purported $3500 recompense still free?


Everett Lautin

New York City