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More Dawkins in Oklahoma

The Dawkins @ Oklahoma debacle continues. As Greg Lukianoff correctly notes:

Think about it: If every time a student or faculty member invited, say, Rick Warren to speak on campus, they knew they would be subjected to a thorough and time-consuming investigation by state officials, you can all but guarantee that schools across the country would think twice before inviting Rick Warren. This would be a great way for state legislatures to chill speech they dislike without ever having to find the speaker guilty of a single thing. Talk about your un-American activities.

Given the fact the legislature clearly is concerned with nothing other than Dawkins’ viewpoint, such an investigation is improper and should end immediately.

It’s nice to know that the Oklahoma legislature has nothing better to worry about.

Update: Abbie notes that “EXPELLED star Ben Stein spoke last fall at the Oklahoma State University to the tune of $60,000, and no one seems to have cared at such an expense to ‘the tax payers’.”


  1. #1 Randy Keating
    March 23, 2009

    This is just political grandstanding, but sets off my free speech spidey sense. I don’t know what whats more disheartening. The fact the State of Oklahoma would try something this absurd, or that I’m sure there will be no real public backlash.


  2. #2 ERV
    March 23, 2009



  3. #3 ArtK
    March 24, 2009

    If a private citizen did this, it would be a SLAPP (Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation.)

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