Mailbag: Irvine 11 editorials got it wrong

October 03, 2011

I cannot understand why the L.A. Times and the Daily Pilot continue on their editorial pages to defend the Irvine 11 (Editorial: Irvine 11, D.A. both made mistakes, Daily Pilot, Oct. 2; "Editorial: Punishing the 'Irvine 11' again, Los Angeles Times, Sept. 24"). I have observed and been involved with what has been going on at UC Irvine for at least 10 years or more.

For too many years, these Muslim students have been causing disruptions, spewing their hate and making it difficult for serious students to get to classes and do what they have come there for — an education.

These are not just your run-of-the-mill college students. They are on a mission, have an agenda, and they finally got caught! Thank God the university was finally able to go after them, after they crossed over the line and it could be traced.


There are others who are trying to get an education, and they are the innocents caught up in this rhetoric and hate. This was not an isolated incident and they deserved to punished. Hopefully this will put an end to their type of behavior.

Law School Dean Erwin Chemerinsky (who disagreed with the decision to prosecute the Irvine 11) has not been at this campus very long, and he is very liberal, so I don't put much credence in to what he says on this issue.

Shirley Cameron

Newport Coast


Defendants censored a speaker

I have to totally disagree with your comment that the district attorney has more important things to do than to prosecute these hoodlums. If we could rely on the opinions of academics and newspaper editors for legal decisions, we wouldn't need judges and juries. Thank God we have someone like our current district attorney to explain the law to those who don't respect our laws and our culture.

Just think, if these people came to the Daily Pilot and prevented your free-speech rights to distribute your newspaper, what would your opinion be then?

"It's OK. Let UCI handle it?"

I don't think so.

J.R. Thompson


Freedom of speech includes audience

I disagree with those who say the conviction of the Irvine 11 is in error. Please refer to quotes the district attorney released showing the Muslim Student Union's preplanning to deprive Oren of the right to deliver his speech.

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