[eDebate] Darren Surch's post
William J Repko
Thu Aug 21 21:10:04 CDT 2008
... raises a particularly important point.
If you haven't done so already, I encourage you to give it read.
Defending Bill and-or academic freedom might logically be one's motivation
in signing the petition. I am not posting to disagree with anyone about
However, the *language* of the petition goes beyond an expression of support
for Bill, and not-so-subtly calls out Towson for engaging in a smear
I am troubled by that language.
At best -- and I mean at absolute very best -- we cannot know what motivated
those that posted the clip to youtube. To attribute it to a formal "smear
campaign " is really quite aggressive step in my opinion.
Irrespective of whether you agree with the decision to post the clip to
youtube, it seems that signing *that* specific petition entails:
a) Questioning the stated motivations for posting (re-read the posts -- some
motivations are stated), AND:
b) assuming that the *real* motivation was something significantly more
That's kind of an awful thing to say in my opinion.
...I'm not ready to say it.
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