MILLERSVILLE UNIVERSITY recently invited William Ayers to speak at the Pennsylvania college, and not everyone was excited.
Ayers, a 1960's anti-Vietnam war protester who was a fugitive from the law after allegedly bombing several government buildings, is now a education professor at the University of Illinois. He most recently made headlines during the presidential campaign as he served on a board with Barack Obama from 1999 to 2002.
The government considered Ayers a domestic terrorist. Charges were ultimately dropped but some people see the man as the enemy.
Should the university have allowed Ayers to visit?
Similar situations have arisen in recent years, like when Columbia University allowed Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (pictured above) to speak on campus. Some St. Joe's students and staff protested when former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum was the commencement speaker there.
Is this a matter of free speech? Or should we not allow our enemies to infiltrate our worlds?
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