Free speech shouldn’t shield hatred

The University prohibits the hateful rhetoric that Steven Salaita put forth. He should be held responsible.

Mr. Salaita’s words show he’s not capable of fostering a meaningful dialogue with those whom he disagreed with, which clearly implicates his ability to teach.

His stated anti-Israeli and anti-semitic positions would have created a hostile environment for the University community. Such hostile statements wouldn’t have been tolerated against another minority group. I’m glad Chancellor Wise didn’t make an exception because the hatred was directed against those who support Israel. Claims of free speech shouldn’t be used to shield hatred.

I support the decision not to hire Mr. Salaita.

Christopher Goodsnyder, University alumnus 1990. He can be reached at [email protected]