Free Speech and Lakshmi - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • john
    • 12.10.07 | 17:24 (IST)

    How stupid does one have to be to not understand the difference between respecting the right to free speech in the abstract, and actually offering a hideous, discredited cretin a forum to express his hatred and manipulations? Sure Oxford students are smart, but is Oxford Union somehow obligated to scour the world looking for hateful people to invite to debates? As one comment put it, would they look for someone to argue the merits of denying slavery? Or sending Blacks back to Africa? If Irving can find a forum to speak, he has the right to speak. But what is in the twisted mind of someone who OFFERS him a forum? And Lakshmi, don't go down the road that the "scale" of the Holocaust is open for debate. It's the most well documented genocide in history. Debating the "scale" is clever, insidious denial and you well know it.

    from the article: Oxford Union reportedly invited Holocaust denier Irving to speak
    First published 00:00 12.10.07 | Last updated 00:00 12.10.07
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