Temple waives security fee for Islam critic’s speech

February 12, 2010

Temple University has withdrawn the security fee it charged a student group that hosted controversial Dutch politician Geert Wilders in the fall.

The university waived Temple University Purpose’s $224 fee after receiving letters of protest from the Philadelphia-based Foundation for Individual Rights in Education.

Temple associate counsel Valerie Harrison noted in a Jan. 21 letter to FIRE that security for the Oct. 20 event had cost the university more than $6,000, all of which it could have passed on to the student group. In a Feb. 8 letter, she told FIRE that the university had withdrawn its request.

Wilders has called for a halt to the immigration of Muslims to the Netherlands.