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UQÀM (Montreal University) staff denounce 9/11 Truthers speech

So 700 people showed up to see Richard Gage and David Ray Griffin, and the response from the university is to try to change the rules so that 9/11 Truthers can't rent university rooms for their events.
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Administrators at the University of Quebec in Montreal (UQÀM) say they will develop a formal policy for outside groups renting campus space for events after a controversial lecture about 9/11 drew fire by academic staff.

But the French-language university defended its right to have contentious speakers lecture on campus as part of free speech, saying it was appropriate to debate ideas, as long as events don't incite riots.

The Monday night lecture, hosted by World for 9/11 Truth, drew about 700 people who came to hear from two U.S. academics who deny the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks were carried out by terrorists.

The researchers – David Ray Griffin and Richard Gage – believe the U.S. government played a major role in orchestrating the deadly attacks on New York City's Twin Towers and the Pentagon in Washington, D.C.

UQÀM staff denounce 9/11 Truthers speech

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UQÀM staff denounce 9/11 Truthers speech
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Administrators at the University of Quebec in Montreal (UQÀM) say they will develop a formal policy for outside groups renting campus space for events after a controversial lecture about 9/11 drew fire by academic staff.

But the French-language university defended its right to have contentious speakers lecture on campus as part of free speech, saying it was appropriate to debate ideas, as long as events don't incite riots.

The Monday night lecture, hosted by World for 9/11 Truth, drew about 700 people who came to hear from two U.S. academics who deny the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks were carried out by terrorists.

The researchers – David Ray Griffin and Richard Gage – believe the U.S. government played a major role in orchestrating the deadly attacks on New York City's Twin Towers and the Pentagon in Washington, D.C.

Griffin and Gage are lobbying for an independent inquiry into the attacks, which killed 3,000 people. Their theories – part of the self-titled Truthers movement that formed after Sept. 11 – have been repeatedly discounted by scientists and civil engineering experts.

Griffin is giving a second lecture on the same topic at UQÀM on Tuesday night.
U.S. experts at UQÀM upset

Some professors at the school argue conspiracy theories have no place at UQÀM.

From the Gazette: 9/11 Skeptics to Speak at UQAM

9/11 skeptics to speak at UQAM

By JAN RAVENSBERGEN, THE GAZETTE

May 2, 2010

http://www.montrealgazette.com/news/skeptics+speak+UQAM/2976659/story.html

MONTREAL – A double-bill presentation scheduled in this city Monday evening by two leading voices of what’s known as the 9/11 truth movement has triggered lively debate over freedom of expression – after one researcher at the university where the event is being held labeled skeptics unconvinced by official U.S. government reports as “liars” and “intellectually dishonest.”

Organizers said the evening will be “Canada’s largest 9/11 conference.”

One speaker, David Ray Griffin, is a retired theologian currently writing his 10th book analyzing 9/11 and related topics. Its immediate predecessor examined the late-afternoon collapse Sept. 11, 2001, of World Trade Center 7. Griffin called the final U.S. government report on WTC 7 “unscientific and false.”

An earlier Griffin work devoted 339 pages to “omissions and distortions” of the official 9/11 Commission Report.

Howard Zinn confronted by 9/11 truth activist's in Montreal

After viewing the disappointing and disrespectful comments made by Howard Zinn on 09/10/08 in Colorado, responding to a request for help in spreading 9/11 awareness, Howard Zinn stated that he does not care about criminal accountability for the crimes of 09/11/01, because it is in the past. So we decided to attend his recent lecture at UQAM university to spread 9/11 truth, and welcome him to Montreal on behalf of the 9/11 victims, family members and the selfless 1st responders, for whom this attack will NEVER be in the past.

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