Experts say critics ignore the obvious: free speech

November 8, 2006

Engineering senior Saad Saadi may have offended a lot of people with his suicide-bomber costume last week- but that's his prerogative, free speech experts say.

Saadi, a Daily Pennsylvanian photographer, wore the costume to Penn President Amy Gutmann’s annual Halloween party last Tuesday.

By strapping fake dynamite to his body, pointing guns at students’ heads and pretending to recite Muslim prayers, Saadi provoked various student leaders and administrators to issue formal statements criticizing his costume choice. Letters of condemnation have poured into Gutmann’s office, many of which say she shouldn't have allowed Saadi into her party at all...

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