University of Oklahoma: State Legislature Investigates University for Hosting Controversial Speaker
Noted evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins waived his speaker fee and came to the University of Oklahoma to speak for the 150th anniversary of Charles Darwin's theory of evolution. The Oklahoma state legislature, which considered passing legislation deeming Darwin's theory "unproven and unpopular," launched an investigation into Dawkins' speech. The legislature requested all e-mails pertaining to the speech as well as the total cost of the speech, including any money that Dawkins might have received. By investigating a speech based on the unpopular views of the speaker, the state legislature is endangering free speech, creating a chilling effect by implying that any speech with a controversial message will be subject to intrusive and time-consuming investigation.
- "FIRE Letter to Oklahoma House Representative Rebecca Hamilton," May 15, 2009
- "Rights in the News: FIRE Enters the Fray Over Dawkins Investigation in Oklahoma," by Peter Bonilla, March 20, 2009
- "Greg in ‘Huffington Post’ on the Oklahoma Legislature’s Investigation of Dawkins," by Claire Jenkins, March 20, 2009
- "Greg Discusses Oklahoma Legislature’s Rumored Investigation of Richard Dawkins' Speech," by Claire Jenkins, March 16, 2009
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by Greg Lukianoff, The Huffington Post, May 20, 2009
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by Greg Lukianoff, The Huffington Post, March 20, 2009
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by Greg Lukianoff, The Huffington Post, March 14, 2009