Minnesota university urged to reverse ban on Desmond Tutu speech

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October 6, 2007 22:20




Faculty members, students and others have urged the University of St. Thomas to reconsider its decision opposing a campus visit by Nobel Peace Prize laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu. University spokesman Doug Hennes said the situation will be discussed next week with the school's president, the Rev. Dennis Dease. Dease defended his decision to oppose the visit in a statement Friday, saying that a speech Tutu delivered in 2002 was offensive to the Jewish community because it compared Israel's treatment of Palestinians to Adolf Hitler's policies.


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