Let me begin by stating I am a white, American-born, Catholic middle-class male who will not sign your petition, David Horowitz. And for several reasons despite agreeing genocide and unfounded violence are an evil. You have gotten me to hate you as much as you hate the Muslim Student Association. However, my hate is productive.

About the article that appeared in the Daily Nexus (“Horowitz Freedom Center Defends Nexus Advertisement,” Daily Nexus, April 28): Mr. Stathes’ claim the advertisement was a simple “informational ad” is completely ludicrous. I am sure everyone else who read that advertisement thought, “How did this ever get past the editors of the Nexus?”

First, I was outraged someone could so blatantly attack a campus group with a clear track record of providing some great events for the UCSB population. If, like Mr. Stathes says, the David Horowitz Freedom Center really wished for “the free exchange of ideas,” they would rather have a discussion in which all parties can equally present their ideas in an open forum and converse how each idea came into being.

Through an intellectual debate, people can understand how the ideas of those whose opinions differ were created – understanding how other ideas were formulated is the first step toward true understanding. (MORE)


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