In an incredible letter to the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education http://www.thefire.org/article/11481.html Yale president Richard Levin claims that "Yale has every intention of continuing to abide by . . . the values of free expression that we hold to be so fundamental to the University." In the same breath, he cites the recent attack on the cartoonist Kurt Westergaard as a justification for Yale's decision to remove all images of Muhammad from Jytte Klausen's book The Cartoons That Shook the World.
Big mistake. To mention Westergaard, only reminds people that a 78-year-old man (who does not have access to Yale's $16.2 billion endowment) has more integrity and courage than do Levin and Yale.