Candidate Without a Prayer, pg 151

Feb 29, 2016

“I observed that allowing only one point of view on campus reflected poorly on any academic institution. Had the administration at the College of Charleston objected to the religion professor speaking a my institution, I would have fought it and engaged others on campus to help keep academic freedom alive. The chair of the CSU religion department told the reporter that the invitation was reminded because their “students had heard quite enough from Dr. Silverman recently.” I asked what that means, since I had never been allowed to speak on their campus.
The reporter wrote that CSU provost declined to explain “how not allowing Silverman to speak in Johnson’s classroom fits in with CSU’s vision of academic freedom.” Johnson also declined to comment, I’m sorry his institution has such an embarrassing position, and even sorrier that his students are denied opportunities to hear different points of view on campus.”

-Herb Silverman, Candidate Without a Prayer


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6 comments on “Candidate Without a Prayer, pg 151

  • @OP – The chair of the CSU religion department told the reporter that the invitation was reminded because their “students had heard quite enough from Dr. Silverman recently.” I asked what that means, since I had never been allowed to speak on their campus.

    “invitation was reminded” – I think this means “rescinded” for it to make sense!

    Anyway, it sounds like a feeble viewpoint being cocooned, to keep students from seeing just how lame it is, when subject to objective criticism by visiting speakers!



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  • This paragraph is difficult to understand. I think it contains some typos and other errors. Can somebody please edit it to make it more intelligible?
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  • Silverman doesn’t understand why the CSU religion department stopped him from speaking, even though CSU claims to have ‘Academic Freedom’.

    Since the students had never heard him speak, the excuse (“they’d heard enough of Silverman”) makes no sense.

    Lastly, Silverman is upset for the students, because he would fight for anyone to speak at his college.



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  • @vascop

    This paragraph is difficult to understand. I think it contains some typos and other errors. Can somebody please edit it to make it more intelligible?
    Thanks

    Get over yourself vascop. The paragraph is perfectly understandable. Are you going to analyse every written word like a myopic dwarf or are you going to do some real intellectual heavy lifting and engage in ideas?



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