Greg in ‘Huffington Post’ on UC Santa Barbara Investigation of Professor
May 4, 2009
In his most recent article for The Huffington Post, FIRE President Greg Lukianoff discusses the recent controversy at UC Santa Barbara, where Professor William Robinson is being investigated for sending an anti-Israel e-mail to his students. Greg examines the arguments that have been made about this case, and concludes that hurt feelings and being offended are "a small price to pay for a marketplace of ideas." The article concludes:
I don't blame anyone for being angry about what Robinson wrote. In my work, however, I am constantly reminded that in a truly diverse and pluralistic society, if you allow what is offensive to one group to be censored, you effectively open the door to censoring all. And for the groups that are calling for the professor to be investigated, please keep in mind that the possibility of turning Professor Robinson into a free speech cause célèbre is real—and likely more damaging to your mission than any lone e-mail.
Check out Greg's full article here.