Academe's Nuevo Sandinistas strike again!
Posted by Jon Sanders at 11:45 AM
They accused us of suppressing freedom of expression. This was a lie and we could not let them publish it.
— Nelba Blandon, Nicaraguan Interior Ministry Director of Censorship in 1984, referring to La Prensa
FIRE reports that Marquette University has removed a quotation from a professor's door for being "patently offensive." The quotation? It's from humorist Dave Barry, but to the nuevo Sandinistas in Marquette it wasn't funny at all to read:
As Americans we must always remember that we all have a common enemy, an enemy that is dangerous, powerful, and relentless. I refer, of course, to the federal government.
Oh, and to quote Dave Barry's favorite catchphrase, I am not making this up that the "patently offensive" quotation occurred in a column in which Barry opened with the phrase, "I thought that in today's column I would heal the nation."
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