Who in a position of authority at Columbia would daft enough to invite Holocaust denier/genocidal maniac/most notorious and powerful anti-Semite of the current age/etc. Ahmadinejad (who, by the way, I saw on t.v. claiming today claiming that the 35,000 people who protested his speech at the U.N. were actually one hundred paid Zionist stooges) to speak?David Bernstein,"Columbia U. Dean Invites Ahmadinejad to Speak," Volokh Conspiracy, 21 September.
If a high school student wrote such a"sentence" in an essay, would you reject his application for admission to college post haste? Yet, Professor Bernstein not only commits this atrocity to the internet, but it gets quoted and linked to by Professor Reynolds!
Apart from the substance of Bernstein's grievance, which apparently has no merit because the invitation has been revoked, what meltdown of literacy would cause Bernstein to publish a sentence like this and what meltdown of discretion would cause Reynolds to replicate it? If I ever commit such an act of public indecency, please turn your heads and Don't Quote Me!