University of Wyo. cancels William Ayers speech
There is HOPE for America afterall!! Great news….maybe people are starting to see the forest for the trees (or maybe more people are listening to Glenn Beck)..
CHEYENNE, Wyo.— The University of Wyoming has canceled a speech by former 1960s radical William Ayers after it raised hundreds of objections from citizens and politicians over the man who became an issue in the 2008 presidential campaign.
In a statement released by the university, UW President Tom Buchanan supported the decision to cancel Ayers.
“The University of Wyoming is one of the few institutions remaining in today’s environment that garner the confidence of the public. The visit by Professor Ayers would have adversely impacted that reputation,” Buchanan said.
Ayers was scheduled to speak Monday on the Laramie campus about social justice issues and education. The following day, he was to participate in a teleconference with Wyoming school principals.
He was invited by the UW Social Justice Research Center, a privately endowed center that studies problems of oppression and inequalities among different social groups in society.
Having a scheduled appearance canceled is nothing new for Ayers. The University of Nebraska-Lincoln and Boston College canceled him in the past.
Ayers was a co-founder of Weather Underground, a radical anti-war group that claimed responsibility for a series of bombings, including explosions at the Pentagon and U.S. Capitol that didn’t kill anyone.
He was a fugitive for years. After surrendering in 1980, charges against him were dropped because of prosecutorial misconduct.
During the 2008 presidential campaign, Republican Sen. John McCain’s running mate, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, resurrected Ayers’ radical past when she accused then-candidate Barack Obama of “palling around with terrorists.”
Obama and Ayers served together on the board of a Chicago charity, and Ayers hosted a meet-the-candidate session for Obama at his home in the mid-1990s when Obama first ran for office.