Tuesday, 22 January 2008

The Academic Dilemma

During the week Pope Benedict cancelled a visit to one of Rome's universities (here).
This sort of stuff really gets my goat. Bastions of intellectual scholarship and academic freedom can't have it both ways. Either you allow all viewpoints or you don't.
Even the ones you don't like.
No one is suggesting that the Roman Catholic Church (or any other church for that matter) is without blame when it comes to using their own might to promote their own (often rather poor) opinions, but we live in a robust world. It seems to me it is better to hear what people have to say than to force them not to say it.

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