List of commencement speakers backing out due to student, faculty protests grows

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  • crimendelsiglo Spanish Fork, UT
    May 15, 2014 12:59 p.m.

    dontcha just love freedom of speech ?

    chowder-headed students

    worse are teachers/professors who would censor

    do we have freedom of choice

    who chose, who approved of these speakers ?

    by all means, never listen to the opposition !

    something may enter one ear and fall out of the vacuum inside thru the other

  • BU52 Provo, ut
    May 15, 2014 12:07 p.m.

    Higher education just keeps getting lower and lower as it sinks toward a propaganda mill rather than a place for critical thinking.

  • Brio Alpine, UT
    May 15, 2014 10:20 a.m.

    @ GaryO:

    Since Hillary Clinton voted, while in the Senate, to authorize and fund the Iraqi war, she is just as accountable and complicate as GW and/or any other politician who also voted for it. But somehow, I doubt you'll see it that way, since you've never once criticized any Democrat over any issue on any of these comment pages. At least not that I've seen. Nor did you mention any of the other Democrats who voted for that particular war with your list of names in your comment to this article. Why is that? Are party politics involved?

    So please tell us what exactly is your take and opinion on Hillary and other renowned liberal Democrats who are on record for their active involvement in pushing for and funding the Iraqi war that you continually criticize only the Republicans for? This is a test of your political objectiveness.

  • GaryO Virginia Beach, VA
    May 15, 2014 9:14 a.m.

    Dixie Dan,

    "Strange but only BYU would give an honorary Doctorate degree to Chaney for being a "true American" and have him as their commencement speaker."

    Apparently, many American "Conservatives" believe that true Americans push the nation into war under false pretenses and murder thousands of people.

    GW, Condie, Cheney, and the rest of the Bush Administration are all "true Americans" by those criteria.

  • Strider303 Salt Lake City, UT
    May 15, 2014 7:32 a.m.

    As to the issue of students and some faculty getting their knickers in a knot over who speaks at a graduation, it appears that American colleges and universities are going the way of European and Latin American schools - mob rule and weak kneed administration.

    As to the harping over VP Cheney speaking at BYU, did anyone ever do their homework on this one? The University wanted to show a balance in political speakers. That same year, Senator Harry Reid, D-NV was to speak at a devotional, so if the Majority Leader is to have a chance to address the University community and have a potential national moment in the sun, then the Vice President of the US who presides over the senate would be a nice balancing act.

    It was politics, IMO.

    Ah, youth, ever willing to share their ignorance and lack of experience with the world.

  • Howard Beal Provo, UT
    May 14, 2014 7:52 p.m.

    First, I find the commencement speech dumb. But even dumber is the mob mentality that is taking place with the choice of speakers. I have no patience for "liberal fascism."

  • Brio Alpine, UT
    May 14, 2014 3:42 p.m.

    @ Dixie Dan:

    Kudos to BYU for valuing and listening to a diversity of ideas in America instead of just diversity skin color, which is all the current agenda of most colleges is allowing. The scope of this article proves as much.

    Liberals (and most colleges are very liberal) want tolerance, but only if it entails a complete agreement with their ideas and agenda. Otherwise, you will protested completely out. It seems quite hypocritical.

  • dpal Provo, UT
    May 14, 2014 3:01 p.m.

    Willem: Your comment makes no sense. By your logic, anyone who sends troops to fight is guilty of their deaths. Does that means that US leaders (ie. Roosevelt and Truman) who sent US troops to oppose Hitler and Tojo are guilty and should have been held accountable for all of the deaths of US soldiers and the Germans and Japanese who were killed in WWII? Is Obama guilty of the deaths of US soldiers and Afghan civilians in Afghanistan? Should he be held responsible? At what point do you sit around and do nothing and at what point do you take action to defend democratic principles? Do you wait until a foreign power actually sets foot on US soil and Americans start to die before you take action? And if a leader were to take action to protect you and other Americans from a threat, would you hold them accountable for any deaths that might occur?

  • lost in DC West Jordan, UT
    May 14, 2014 2:49 p.m.

    Willem and Dan,
    you do realize there were a lot of dems that voted to authorize the use of force in Iraq, including presumptive dem candidate hillary. Do not THEY need to answer for those deaths as well?

  • HaHaHaHa Othello, WA
    May 14, 2014 2:42 p.m.

    Exactly right liberty or...?! These guys are part of the leftwing ninny cabal, who thoughtlessly recite leftist propaganda. You can't get anymore mindless then that.

  • liberty or ...? Ogden, UT
    May 14, 2014 2:02 p.m.

    Willem & Dixie you do realize that the death toll has actually been more under President Obama than under the 8 years of Bush and Chaeney combined because of his indifference and placating to terrorists not to mention the deaths in Syria,Libya,and Egypt during the Arab spring? If Bush was impeachable and prosecutable for some of his decisions you better take a look at your current president that has no less than 76 impeachable law violations not including the scandals of Benghazi, IRS, running guns to mexico etc. I don't care which side you fall on but this burn the witch mentality of anyone who doesn't agree with you has got to stop. Or are our students nothing but organized mobs now for whatever political issue comes along? Warning today you might be part of the mob tomorrow your its target.

  • Say No to BO Mapleton, UT
    May 14, 2014 1:40 p.m.

    I didn't attend my commencement 40 years ago. I had to work that day.

  • Dixie Dan Saint George, UT
    May 14, 2014 1:18 p.m.

    Note to Willem: How could you leave our Dick Chaney? Strange but only BYU would give an honorary Doctorate degree to Chaney for being a "true American" and have him as their commencement speaker.

  • Willem Los Angeles, CA
    May 14, 2014 12:23 p.m.

    Ms Rice and Bush are responsible for the death of 100000s of our soldiers and Iraques, they need to account for that.

  • cjb Bountiful, UT
    May 14, 2014 12:05 p.m.

    If Hitler or Pol Pot were to speak, I would consider fortunate if I could attend. Mostly I'm curious what motivated them to do what they did. I'd hope to be able to hear their heart felt justifications. To see their deeds from their perspectives. I guess today's students are more interented in making a statement than in getting a nuanced education.