Which is why I'm disappointed but not surprised at this news:
How do you avoid political embarrassment at Columbia University these days?
Disinvite invited guests to a talk sure to interest conservatives and other hawks in the larger NYC community. A talk, by the bye, well advertised in several major conservative blogs.
Why, we wonder, at 4:45 in the afternoon, a mere 3:15 hours before Walid Shoebat and his panel were to speak to an audience at Columbia University, all of whom had RSVP'd to the Columbia University College Republicans who were sponsoring the talk, and received invitations from them to the event, has Jewelnel Davis, the advising officer to Student Governing Board groups at Columbia decided to rescind all of the invitations?
Can it possibly be that, having been severely embarrassed by last week's events - when radical leftists at Columbia were left free to act as thugs and attack the Minutemen - and the blogstorm it precipitated, resulting in severe, public criticism of Lee Bollinger, President of Columbia University, for his lack of initiative at solving the problem, this week they decided to solve the problem - at the last minute - by restricting their popular lecturer to Columbia students and 20 invited guests.
Columbia, where a professor made a wish for "a million Mogadishus". Columbia, where, well, just go here and scroll to the bottom of the post for a good long list of things that Columbia SHOULD be embarassed about. But like good little Leftists, they just ignore anything that doesn't fit their pre-conceived notions and drive on, going ever Leftward.
Free speech? Doesn't matter anymore to the Left. I'm sure that it never did, they just pretended until they had enough power to shut it down in their enclaves. From Columbia, to Harvard for firing it's president who dared suggest that men and women might be (gasp) different, to the pro-communist and pro-socialist mindsets at U of Washington, to the sheer lunacy of UC Berkeley, Leftism has taken root in this nations universities and it's not letting go.
Which means that free speech on a college campus is a thing of the past.