Ahmadinejad visit to Columbia is even worse than we thought
Columbia University was condemned far and wide for their decision to invite Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to speak on campus. Most people were outraged that a college would provide a forum for the leader of a state sponsor of terrorism. Beyond being a state sponsor, Iran has been supplying weapons and explosives to insurgents in Iraq to use to kill our soldiers. James Taranto pointed out the other day the irony of Columbia refusing to let ROTC on campus because of the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy inviting the leader of a country that stones homosexuals. Well, turns out the location of Ahmadinejad's speech makes it even worse. Where did Columbia have a Holocaust denier speak? At the Alfred Lerner Hall named for the late owner of the Cleveland Browns. Jordan Lite of New York Daily News tells us more about Al Lerner. He wasn't just an extremely successful businessman. No, he was also a noted philanthropist who donated large sums to many Jewish charities. I wonder how Lerner would feel about his alma mater if he were alive?
Lerner donated a fortune to the Cleveland Clinic and created a fund to help families of first responders killed on 9/11. He also gave generously to the Jewish Foundation for the Righteous, which assists aging unsung heroes from World War II who helped save Jews during the Holocaust and educates teachers about the genocide.