"Today, students should shout at the president and ask why liberal and secular university lecturers (professors) are present in the universities."
Who is it that sounded this rallying cry to run the liberals and secularists out of the university system?
It wasn't a misguided Florida lawmaker, but it could well have been.
It wasn't Pat Robertson, Jerry Falwell or any other prominent Christian broadcaster, but it could well have been.
It wasn't Ann Coulter, Rush Limbaugh or any of those other wastes of space (in Coulter's case, not a whole lot of space, I acknowledge), but it could well have been.
The quote is attributed to Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and an address he gave to students earlier this week.
You've gotta love this guy. And you've gotta ask yourself what in the world constitutes a "liberal" Iranian professor, one who prefers adulterous women be executed by firing squad rather than by being stoned to death?
Reading Ahmadinejad's quote, you can't help but notice how likeminded he is with many Western faith-oriented consternatives. Taken out of context, his words could be seen as coming verbatim from any of the people I mentioned above, or many others.
East or West, Christian or Muslim, the world's reactionaries seem to be all alike: Misguided nuts.