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Monday, April 27, 2009

Providence College Joins Anti-Tancredo PC Police

Former Congressman Tom Tancredo was shouted down and bullied off the stage a couple of weeks ago at the University of North Carolina by protesters opposed to Tancredo's stand on illegal immigration. Tancredo espouses the apparently radical view that we should enforce immigration laws; in other words, he is for the rule of law. Some people don't like the rule of law when they don't like the law.

Add Providence College in Rhode Island to the hall of shame. Providence College officials have denied a student group's request to invite Tancredo to speak:

Student group Youth for Western Civilization asked PC officials if they could also host Tancredo, but the request was denied, said PC spokeswoman Pat Vieira.

"They are not an officially recognized group," Vieira said. "They asked very late in the semester when there was not enough time for the request to go through the usual channels."

Just as important, Vieira said, were Bishop Thomas J. Tobin's views on immigration and how immigrants -- whether here legally or illegally -- should be treated, which contrast sharply with Tancredo's.

"The Bishop of Providence ... is a member of the College's Board of Trustees," Vieira said in a written statement. "If a similar request to host a speaker on this topic is made in a future semester, the College will encourage and facilitate a format that allows for multiple points of view to be expressed."

The PC statement could not be more Politically Correct. Rather than allowing Tancredo to speak, PC will allow disfavored speech only if it is accompanied by an opposing viewpoint. This lends an air of fairness, but like the fairness doctrine for conservative talk radio, only applies when the speaker has a politically incorrect viewpoint.

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  1. OK, you are the one with the law degree around here. Please do correct me if I am wrong, we have a Bill of Rights which declares : the government does not have the right to infringe the freedom of speech and limit the right to peaceably assemble .

    Is it possible for us to sue Providence College on these 2 principals, and prevent them getting any further federal subsidies ?

  2. Devrim, it's always possible to sue. But this suit of yours won't win because that PC institution is a private college.

    Interestingly, in the Catholic intramural gamesmanship over Notre Dame's kissing up to President Obortion, this move by Providence College puts more pressure on ND's president to extricate himself from his foolish choice of this year's commencement speaker whose presence offends ND's local bishop...