sam's notes

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Friday, February 10, 2006

....More than a few people are worked up at Cone's over the selection of Oliver North as guest speaker at the Old North State council's Boy Scout Breakfast. A few rip Yes! Weekly editor Brian Clarey a new one for his alternate history of the BSA.

Most disappointing was Billy the Blogging Poet's comment that he e-mailed the Old North State Council and demanded "they stop Oliver North speaking. I hope the rest of you do the same."

Is this not endorsing censorship? For the life of me, I've never understood these liberals who demand the revocation of an invitation to speak when the speaker doesn't suit their political agenda, like the time Jesse Helms was turned away from Appalachian State a few years ago. If you don't agree with a speaker's politics, protest, boo, hiss, moon, whatever. But hear the guy out. (Note the other speaker turned away from the University of Michigan at the same time.)

Cone winds things up:

"....His charismatic speech is overlay partisan and often hostile to large swaths of the population--which is what makes him an unsuitable speaker for an organization like the Boy Scouts."

But again, how do we know politics will enter into his remarks? Or how do we know North won't openly address his dubious past as part of life's bigger picture?

I can only assume they would prefer President Clinton as the featured speaker.


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