Friday, December 22, 2006

MEN OF ZEAL Via Mr. Excitement News we learn that Brandeis University has told former President Jimmy Carter that an invitation to speak about his new Israel/Palestine book is conditioned on his willingness to debate Alan Dershowitz.

To put it another way, unless Carter is content to share the stage with Dershowitz, he isn't welcome. (Carter has declined the invitation.)

How often has Brandeis imposed these kinds of conditions on speakers? How often have they been imposed on former presidents?

Shame on Brandeis President Jehuda Reinharz for sullying the name of Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis. Shame on Brandeis Trustee Stuart Eizenstat for participating in this nonsense.

As Brandeis himself said:

The greatest dangers to liberty lurk in insidious encroachment by men of zeal, well-meaning but without understanding.

CONTRAPOSITIVE is edited by Dan Aibel. Dan's a playwright. He lives in New York City.