Group Pledges 'Never to Forget' Bollinger-Ahmadinejad Speech at Columbia University

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One month after Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's speech at Columbia University, a group of Columbia alumni and others launch a website -- -- to mark the day as a permanent Day of Shame for Columbia and its president, Lee C. Bollinger.

Bollinger's invitation to Ahmadinejad will stand as one of the most foul acts by an American university in the history of our country

A group of Columbia University alumni and concerned citizens have launched a new web site - -- dedicated to reminding the world of the September 24, 2007 speech at Columbia University by Iran's Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

Despite Ahmadinejad's gay-bashing, women-stoning, anti-American and anti-Semitic views and actions, the Iranian dictator was invited to speak at the university by Columbia's president Lee C. Bollinger.

"Bollinger's invitation to Ahmadinejad will stand as one of the most foul acts by an American university in the history of our country," says Bnai Haman, owner and publisher of the new web site.

The group chose its name, which translated from Hebrew means "Children of Haman," because like the evil Haman, a 6th Century Persian who plotted to kill all Jews, Ahmadinejad, too, has expressed the desire to wipe Israel and its Jews off the map.

"More than 1,500 years later, the name Haman is reviled by all decent people. Likewise, we hope the names Ahmadinejad and Bollinger will be reviled for centuries to come," Bnai Haman said.

Bnai Haman hopes to remind everyone and anyone who researches Columbia University from this point forward of the horrific stain on the university's soul perpetrated by Bollinger.    

"Bollinger might like to behave as if the Ahmadinejad speech is in the past and Columbia University can just move forward. But the names Bollinger-Ahmadinejad-Columbia are and should be linked for all time," Bnai Haman said.

Bnai Haman invites those who would like to join its efforts to preserve the record of Lee Bollinger and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Volunteers will help maintain and update the web site as well as write Columbia University donors and faculty to continue to protest Bollinger's misguided actions. They will also be asked to protest in person at upcoming Columbia University events.

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