05/02/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Ayers: Canceled School Lecture Teaches 'Terrible Lessons'

Controversial author Bill Ayers says separate decisions by school officials and a bookshop owner to cancel his scheduled appearances next week in Naperville are "absurd" and "outrageous."
"This cancellation provides terrible lessons for these young people about the limits of freedom and the importance of obedience, and it must be painful for many of them to watch people they admire collapse under pressure," Ayers wrote Tuesday in an e-mail. "It has all the hallmarks of suppression of speech: incitement of fear, intimidation of well-meaning folks, mob rule."

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