Free speech silenced

April 16, 2009

The Founding Fathers thought it was so important that they made it No. 1.

The former slave Frederick Douglass told a Boston crowd that liberty was meaningless without it.

Public Enemy rapped about it in "Fight the Power."

Across the centuries, freedom of speech has been held up as a freedom worth fighting for. It is enshrined in the First Amendment.

How regrettable that it seems so little valued at the Massachusetts institutions where it should be most respected - our universities.

In late March, Boston College cancelled the appearance of University of Illinois professor William Ayers, a former member of the Weather Underground. He planned to speak about urban education...

Schools: Boston College University of Massachusetts – Amherst Cases: Boston College: Controversial Speaker Disinvited University of Massachusetts Amherst: Student Group Charged Unconstitutional Security Fee for Controversial Speaker