The Sun's editorial writer is out of the office this week. The following editorial is republished from the May 22 Bowling Green Daily News.
Dr. Condoleezza Rice rose from a childhood in the segregated South to a distinguished career in public service, including secretary of state and national security adviser under President George W. Bush.
Earlier this month, Rice backed out of delivering the commencement address at Rutgers University, following protests by some faculty and students.
The protesters were reportedly upset over her role in the Iraq war.
Rutgers' administration, to its credit, told protesters it stood by its invitation to Rice.
In withdrawing, Rice showed far more class than those protesting her appearance. "Commencement should be a time of joyous celebration for the graduates and their families," Rice said. "Rutgers' invitation to me to speak has become a distraction for the university community at this very special time."
Rice added that she had "defended America's belief in free speech and the exchange of ideas."
The concept of free speech and college as an environment for the marketplace of ideas is something these protesters apparently don't grasp.
Dr. Rice is far from the first conservative speaker to be kept off college campuses or podiums by far left professors and some lemming-like students who follow them blindly.
These loons give liberals a bad name because true liberals by definition are not narrow in opinion and judgment.
The protesters, in contrast, are so insecure in their beliefs that they don't want to be exposed to another opinion that would challenge their narrow mindset.
That they prefer to shut down a speaker rather than face a challenge to their ideas is truly sad.