Free speech? Whassat?

A while ago, I wrote a blog entry about the Shariah law and its negative influence on free speech in Islamic culture. The article implied that things were different here in the Land of the Free where the First Amendment to the Constitution protects the Freedom of speech. What was I thinking — I should have known better, with the Constitution going down the drain as it is. An adjunct professor at Emmanuel College in Boston, Dr. Nicholas Winset, was fired last week after he discussed the Virginia Tech shootings with his students.

Admittedly, he used a strange way to get one of his points across: he held a dry erase marker as a mock gun, pretending to “shoot” five or six students, and then was “shot” by a student who also used a marker. Winset tried to demonstrate that the gunman might have been stopped had another student or faculty member been armed, as part of a discussion about gun control. In a YouTube video called “Fired Professor Speaks Out” he claims that he prepared the students beforehand, and that he actually attempted to mitigate their fears by pointing out that statistically they were much more likely to die in a car accident than being shot on campus.

In the video, Winset also mentions his predilection for Buddhist and Sufi ideas. Given the fact that Emmanuel College is a Catholic liberal arts school, one wonders whether Winset was a tad too heretic for the school’s administration.

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