[eDebate] from adam lee

Josh jbhdb8
Fri Aug 22 18:24:14 CDT 2008


As it was taught to me many years ago, I will defend your right to do
something BUT also hope that you use such rights with discretion.

Saying that you should protect the freedom to speak by not speaking out
against speech that upsets of offends seems kind of silly.

Johs

On Fri, Aug 22, 2008 at 6:57 PM, Kuswa, Kevin <kkuswa at richmond.edu> wrote:

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> *From:* adam lee [mailto:arlee1 at hotmail.com]
> *Sent:* Friday, August 22, 2008 6:33 PM
> *To:* Kuswa, Kevin
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> Community,
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> I've been reading the recent fall out and as a long time debater, coach,
> judge, good friend and student of bill, and member of this community, I must
> respectfully express a bit of consternation with the statement of CEDA as an
> organization regarding Fort Hays' wrongheaded and potentially
> constitutionally dubious dismissal of the community's good friend.  Further,
> it seems odd that we scapegoat the individual(s) who circulated the video on
> youtube.  Axiomatic to this activity is that it promote free speech and *
> is*, in perhaps its purest form, the marketplace of ideas.  Please do not
> perceive this to be an indictment of calls for decorum or civility, however
> in my opinion CEDA and individuals that comprise the debate community should
> be dedicated to protecting our academic freedom from being usurped by
> academic institutions, rather than *solely* asking ourselves to consider
> what we can do differently to comply with what academic institutions
> consider to be *proper*.  Perhaps that dialogue is necessary, it is not
> however sufficient.  The joy and productivity of this strange activity that
> connects us all depends on an open space of free expression.  While we must
> be vigilant to prevent the destruction of that space coming from inside our
> activity, so to we must stand up to attempts to shrink that space by
> limiting the speech occurring therein by those outside the activity.  It is
> this latter threat that the CEDA statement seems not to confront.
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>  Respectfully,
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> Adam R. Lee
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> ***Nothing in this email should be construed as legal advice and is not
> intended to create an attorney-client relationship
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