Wanna Speak at Point Loma Nazarene University? Better Not Be Mildly Pro-Legalization, Even if You Are a Former Head of State

From the San Diego Union-Tribune:

Point Loma Nazarene University rescinded an invitation to former Mexican President Vicente Fox to speak on campus this spring after officials became concerned about Fox’s support for drug legalization in Mexico, according to two organizers of the event. [...]

Fox, who was president of Mexico from 2000 to 2006, has only recently been speaking publicly about legalization.

"We should consider legalizing the production, distribution and sale of drugs," he wrote on his blog in August. "Radical prohibition strategies have never worked. Legalizing in this sense does not mean drugs are good and don't harm those who consume them. Rather we should look at it as a strategy to strike at and break the economic structure that allows gangs to generate huge profits in their trade, which feeds corruption and increases their areas of power."

Link via former Reason intern Mike Riggs. Jacob Sullum wrote about Fox's post-office drug views in May 2009.

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  • SIV||

    George Schultz and James Baker must be off the invite list too.

  • Night Elf Mohawk||

    And anyone involved in that 21st Amendment thing.

  • The Gobbler||

    Fucking freedom of association, how does it work?

  • ||

    Fox must be desparate for gigs if he's speaking there. The entire denomination has only 660,000 adherents in the US and

  • ||

    ... less than 2 million worldwide.

    The squirrels ate my "less than" symbol. Stupid HTML.

  • BakedPenguin||

    & lt ; with no spaces between characters = <

  • ||

    Thanks, BP!

  • Tryouts||


  • Almanian||

    &It;....DOH! No wait....

    I get it! Thanks, Baked!

  • Almanian||

    Does this work, too?


  • ||

    I suspect you could find a "mission statement" on their website about critical thinking, analytical skills and intellectual curiosity. You know, "educationy" stuff.

  • sevo||

    Private school; they can limit speakers to whatever troglodytes they choose.

  • BakedPenguin||

    Someone give them Carl Hiaasen's number...

  • Almanian||

    He has a headache, so he's cancelling all his meetings for the evening...

  • yonemoto||

    actually I went to a talk by Francis Collins there and his views on evolution were extremely well received by a crowd of young evangelical christians. Can't say the same for the old stick in the muds though. I was there with a friend who was an alumna of PLNU and a young earther... which was an interesting experience.

  • celtigirl||

    Young earthers give me a chuckle. When a serious part of your argument is, "well the earth *looks* young", I think that whatever other 'evidence' you bring up is automatically suspect.

  • fish||

    "well the earth *looks* young"

    Yep...just like my front yard after I mow.

  • ||

    Maybe it is just my passing knowledge of the accretion hypothesis* for the formation of the Earth, but wouldn't a "young" earth look like huge ball of molten rock?

    *Of course, "It's just a theory."

  • yonemoto||

    yes, but this one was cute.

  • BakedPenguin||

    It sounds like Fox is more than "mildly" pro-legalization.

  • ||

    they can limit speakers to whatever troglodytes they choose.

    And I may taunt and disparage them; may, and shall.

  • sevo||

    "And I may taunt and disparage them; may, and shall."

    You'll probably have to stand in line....

  • X||

    why would the UnionGovermentAcademia complex want to reduce corruption and huge profits in their trades?

  • Hugh Akston||

    Especially by inviting a ShiftyMexican over the border to speak about it?

  • ||

    the nazarenes were ruined by the whole santification thing (u know, God is as God does). so they dont wanna "tempt their brothers into sin". comprehende?

  • UrineOhio||

    Hello again, piss facktery!

  • Walter||

    Good for them, if that's what they're (not) into. Our babysitter is at PLNU. Nice girl, as theist teetotals go.

  • ||

    If you want to be a politician, stop making sense.

  • ||

    As an former President of Mexico, I believe Fox is prohibited from a second term.

    I think he is working on his "statesman" credentials now.*

    1) a dead politician;
    or 2) a politician who hasn't a hope in hell of making a comeback;
    or 3) a politician who lives off the rubber chicken circuit by saying things that annoy politicians currently in office.

  • jtuf||

    If he was a dictator who executed 3 people each day, academia would welcome him.

  • putra||

    I guess the university took appropriate action to cancel the visit of Vicente Fox. There is no reason whatsoever to support the legalization of drugs for civilians.

  • han||

    We should consider legalizing the production, distribution and sale of drugs,


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