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Polsby stays out of speech debate

Resisting calls to bar an anti-Muslim speaker on campus at George Mason University’s law school, Dean Daniel Polsby scored points with free speech advocates with his published comments last week. His statement concluded thus:

The law school will not exercise editorial control over the words of speakers invited by student organizations, nor will we take responsibility for them, nor will we endorse or condemn them.  There has to be a place in the world where controversial ideas and points of view are aired out and given space.  This is that place.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations had urged GMU to cancel an appearance by a speaker who has been critical of the Muslim faith.

The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education posts Polsby’s message in full.

by Peter Vieth

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