Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Who's Threatened?

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Who's Threatened?

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I read the letter from Rick Armstrong ("An Obama T-Shirt Brings OutHis Critics," Jan. 10) in which Mr. Armstrong said that his First Amendment rights were threatened by reactions to his "Vote Obama/Biden" T-shirt from shoppers in a Giant Eagle.

Here are some significant social phenomena worth noting as well.

* Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice withdrew from a commencement speech at Rutgers University after widespread protests from leftist students designed to silence her.

* Ayaan Hirsi Ali, a Somali who was born a Muslim and who is now a vocal critic of Islam, was invited to lecture at Yale University. She did, but student organizations at Yale had attempted to prevent it, in effect, to stuff a rag in her mouth and silence her.

* Brandeis University first offered Ms. Ali an honorary degree,then rescinded the offer on the grounds that her speaking was . …

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