Free speech for me, not for thee

I don’t think that professors should be fired for their political views, even for political views as disgusting as those of Erik Loomis, a history professor at the University of Rhode Island. Still, Loomis is a profoundly poor choice to make into some kind of free-speech martyr, since he was explicitly calling for sanctions against people for their speech. For example:

Dear rightwingers, to be clear, I don’t want to see Wayne LaPierre dead. I want to see him in prison for the rest of his life.

This was Loomis explaining that he didn’t want LaPierre’s “head on a stick” literally; he only wanted him imprisoned. Okay then.

Loomis has the right to call for the abolition of free speech, but don’t expect me to ride to his defense now that the would-be censor is hypocritically posturing as a free-speech martyr.

(Via Instapundit.)

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