Monday, March 10, 2008

MSU Investigating Conservative Campus Groups
UPDATED WITH VIDEO

Let me see if I understand this correctly.

Two conservative student groups invite a nationally recognized speaker to the campus of Michigan State University. When Chris Simcox, co-founder of the Minutemen, shows up to speak, his presentation is continually interrupted by disruptive protesters. They yell, they scream, they swear, they interrupt, they bang on chairs. It would seem their love of free speech can only be surpassed by their hate of others' free speech.

The police come to the scene and arrest five demonstrators, all of whom are given misdemeanor tickets (though two plead down to that after being initially charged with felonies--you know, a felony used to be pretty serious.)

Now after the event was disrupted and thugs thrown in the clink, the groups that put on the talk, the MSU College Republicans and the Young Americans for Freedom, are under investigation by the university for "alleged violation of the university's anti-discrimination policy."

From the Lansing State Journal:

University officials would not comment publicly on the investigation.

But Terry Denbow, MSU's vice president for university relations, said speculation such as Allen's was "baseless," and that the university would not target a group or individual for their political views.

"We would find it abhorrent if anybody did that," he said.

"That is not going on, and, if it was, it wouldn't be tolerated by (President) Lou Anna Simon, (Provost) Kim Wilcox and others."
Thanks Mr. Denbow. That clears a lot of things right up.

Are any student protesters being investigated for possible violations of the same policies for which you are investigating the MSU College Republicans and the Young Americans for Freedom?

If you are, great. If you are not, you might want to concentrate on that unfortunate little inequity. When that is addressed you can scoff at the "baseless" interpretations that some people have of your actions.

*** UPDATE ***

Reader Kyle Bristow sends a link to this video:



Again, who is guilty of harassment here?

1 comment:

Kyle Bristow said...

Hey,

Wasn't sure if you saw the video footage of the Simcox event:

http://youtube.com/watch?v=VAtUz7JM7TI