As a student at Cornell and treasurer of a pro-choice organization at the school, Sandra Fluke, helped shut down a pro-life speech on Cornell’s campus by counter protesting. She argued that a pro-life organization at Cornell was about “manipulating [students’] emotions” with misleading statistics about abortion.
So, if this organization offered misleading statistics, why then didn’t Ms. Fluke take it upon herself to demonstrate their inaccuracy and argue the merits of her own position? If this story is true [and it appears it may not be*], this woman is not much interested in debating ideas, but in preventing the airing of views with which she disagrees.
In this, she has much in common with her ideological confrères in the Occupy Movement.
Just over a week ago, “unruly Occupy students at American University in Washington, D.C., shouted down Republican governor Jan Brewer of Arizona on Friday, forcing her to flee the room with aid from security guards.” H/t: Instapundit.
In the fall of 1964, liberal students at the University of California/Berkeley launched the “Free Speech Movement”; they wanted to end the school policy preventing student groups from operating “on campus if they engaged in any kind of off-campus politics, whether electoral, protest or even oratorical.” Now, liberal students want to prevent their ideological adversaries from expressing their views.
They times, they are a-changing.
*FROM THE COMMENTS: Reader Rick67, a graduate of Cornell writes:
I really hate to defend(?) Fluke but I’d like to see some confirmation of the latter version. Have followed the link and it doesn’t go any farther than “this is what happened” without specifics.