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The Stupidest Things Ever Said, Number 2: The Free Speech Edition

Continuing Orac’s quest for truly stupid quotes from The 365 Stupidest Things Ever Said calendar, this time a couple of tasty stupid morsels about free speech:

Here’s entry number 1, from the February 17, 2007 entry in the calendar:

“We forbid any course that says we restrict free speech!”–Dr. Kathleen Dixon, Director of Women’s Studies at Bowling Green State University, Ohio, commenting on the resignation of Dr. Richard Zeller, who wanted to teach a course in how liberalism has led to political correctness.

Here’s entry number 2, from the July 4, 2001 entry:

“What we have is two important values in conflict: freedom of speech and our desire for healthy campaigns and a healthy democracy. You can’t have both.”–Representative Dick Gephardt (D-Missouri) on campaign finance reform.

Here’s entry number 3, from the October 7, 2004 entry:

“The meeting was held in secret because it concerns the public so much.”–Edward Cooper, mayor of Caine, Wilshire, England on a meeting on police.

By Orac

Orac is the nom de blog of a humble surgeon/scientist who has an ego just big enough to delude himself that someone, somewhere might actually give a rodent's posterior about his copious verbal meanderings, but just barely small enough to admit to himself that few probably will. That surgeon is otherwise known as David Gorski.

That this particular surgeon has chosen his nom de blog based on a rather cranky and arrogant computer shaped like a clear box of blinking lights that he originally encountered when he became a fan of a 35 year old British SF television show whose special effects were renowned for their BBC/Doctor Who-style low budget look, but whose stories nonetheless resulted in some of the best, most innovative science fiction ever televised, should tell you nearly all that you need to know about Orac. (That, and the length of the preceding sentence.)

DISCLAIMER:: The various written meanderings here are the opinions of Orac and Orac alone, written on his own time. They should never be construed as representing the opinions of any other person or entity, especially Orac's cancer center, department of surgery, medical school, or university. Also note that Orac is nonpartisan; he is more than willing to criticize the statements of anyone, regardless of of political leanings, if that anyone advocates pseudoscience or quackery. Finally, medical commentary is not to be construed in any way as medical advice.

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