We fail to see how inviting Ture to speak, who in the past has said that "Zionism is an illegal, unjust, immoral political philosophy," contributes in any way to maintaining "campus values of respect." (First quote is by Ture, the second is by Nancy Dye, as quoted in last week's Review .) Although we do not object to Ture's being invited to speak, we maintain that the President's office should not have offered to help sponsor him and his hateful and clearly unresearched diatribe against Zionists and Jews. We hold that as Oberlin is an academic community, the President can best uphold standards of academic excellence as well as free speech by sponsoring speakers, including controversial speakers, who are known for their scholarly pursuits and research. Ture, we feel, does not hold up to the above standards of academic quality, and thus should not have been given the opportunity to express his hateful and harmful views to the Oberlin College community.
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Volume 124, Number 18; March 15, 1996
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