Group Claims Biased Campus Officials Bankrolled Protest of Student Play

July 26, 2005

WSU's president, Lane Rawlins, has defended the disruptive behavior of the 40 protesters, calling it a responsible exercise of their free-speech rights. And Raul Sanchez, director of the Center for Human Rights at Washington State, claims the hecklers' response was appropriate because the playwright incited the crowd with his provocative rhetoric. "In effect, what the playwright did," Sanchez asserts, "was to create circumstances in which, one could arguably say, he created a public forum in a private theater showing...

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