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Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Pop Quiz 

Apparently Berkeley has cancelled it's Veteran's Day observances (Emphasis Mine):

Berkeley's Veterans Day ceremony, scheduled for Nov. 11, was abruptly canceled on Monday because the volunteer organizing committee split over the political content.

At issue was a proposal by the chairman, singer/songwriter Country Joe McDonald, to have Bill Mitchell, a co-founder of Cindy Sheehan's organization, Gold Star Families for Peace, as the keynote speaker.
...
Edwin Harper, adjutant of the local Disabled American Veterans chapter, which has participated in past Berkeley Veterans Day observances, threatened that his group would pull out.

"They have the other 364 days and 23 hours to make their political point," he said. "This one hour should be reserved for honoring veterans, period."

McDonald, backed by other members of the committee, disagreed, saying that not permitting Mitchell to express his point of view would be tantamount to censoring free speech.

"Their position was that no matter what he said, because he was a member of Gold Star Families, he wouldn't be allowed to speak," McDonald said. "I've been doing this for 10 years, and this is the first time content and affiliation ever came up for discussion. I was shocked to find this kind of narrow-mindedness in my own hometown, in Berkeley, the birthplace of the Free Speech Movement."

H/T to Michelle Malkin. Here's my quiz for you. In what city of the United States was the Constitution written? For bonus points, was the State of California even part of the United States (or settled by Americans for that matter) when this great document was written?

So how is Berkeley the birthplace of Free Speech?

Comments:

Philadelphia and no.

:-)

  Posted at October 18, 2005 3:36 PM by Blogger Sandi  
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