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by Jason Rantz
Family Security Matters
A dangerous trend is brewing on our college campuses, and it’s empowering our enemies. As bastions of far left political thought, college campuses are doing what they can to give soap boxes to students and professors who are against the War on Terror, while silencing anyone on campus who dares to support our efforts to defeat our enemies.
Take, for example, recent events at San Francisco State University (SFSU), where the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) reports on a frightening disrespect for free speech:
…San Francisco State University (SFSU) is investigating its College Republicans for hosting an anti-terrorism rally on campus in which participants stepped on makeshift Hezbollah and Hamas flags. After students filed a complaint claiming they were offended because the flags bore the word “Allah,” SFSU initiated an investigation into accusations of incitement, creation of a hostile environment, and incivility.
Remarkably, SFSU wants to punish students for engaging in an anti-terrorism rally. Somehow, arguing that terrorism is evil and unnecessary turns into a threat to someone’s feelings—someone, unbelievably, is offended that the campus Republican club would like to stomp out terrorism. Quite a state of affairs on our college campuses, isn’t it? One would think promoting terrorism would be offensive, but one would make the mistake of actually using logic to explain the actions of hypersensitive, far-leftist campus administrators.
And don’t think for a second that this behavior is relegated to the nut jobs of San Francisco. It’s happening across the country.
At the University of Michigan, some students actually protested a speech by three former Islamic terrorists who now preach peace and civility. The campus group Young Americans for Freedom invited Walid Shoebat, Zachariah Annani and Kamal Saleem to a lecture appropriately titled “Terrorism: The World’s Greatest Threat.”
According to the Michigan Daily, “More than 300 people—including both students and non-students—protested [the] event.” The article documents hecklers who repeatedly interrupted the speech. Apparently, the group of protesters was upset that the lecture promotes that all Muslims are terrorists.
At Long Island University, student comedians were fired from their on-campus jobs as Resident Advisors (RAs) for producing a YouTube.com video that mocked terrorist hostage videos.
In their parody, students donned ski masks and spoke in Middle Eastern accents—their kidnap victim? The dormitory’s unofficial mascot: a rubber ducky. Again, apparently mocking terrorists is considered offensive to the campus community.
Georgia Tech is equally as ludicrous, as Sara Dogan, the National Campus Director of Students for Academic Freedom, explains:
In a decision that reveals the state of denial on American campuses, the editorial board of the Georgica Tech student paper – The Georgia Tech Technique — has rejected an ad from the Terrorism Awareness Project, warning students about the threat that radical Islam poses to America.
Titled “What Americans Need To Know About Jihad,” the TAP ad warns students that “the goal of jihad is world domination” and “Jihad’s battle cry is ‘Death to America.’” The ad includes quotes from several radical Islamic leaders such as Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah who has declared, “Our hostility to the Great Satan [America] is absolute. Death to America. I encourage Palestinians to take suicide bombings worldwide.”
According to Dogan, an editor at The Technique rejected the ad because “it was ‘hateful,’ ‘offensive,’ and ‘misleading’” and that “In particular, the editor was upset that the ad draws a connection between Islamic radicals and the Nazis.” I guess the editor has a point about Islamists and Nazis being different—Islamic radicals do seem to hate more people than the Nazis did. But, somehow I doubt that the editor was upset about that point. In the editor’s world, Islamic radicals aren’t evil enough to be compared to Nazis. At least the editor considers Nazis vile. It’s about baby steps, people.
There are so many examples like this on campus where those who are speaking out against terrorism are being silenced. It leads one to wonder whose side these universities are on.
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