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Sunday, September 14, 2008

Free Speech on University Campuses



With a tip of the hat to cartoonist Steve Greenberg, Jewish Journal Los Angeles, issue dated September 12-18, 2008.

This picture speaks volumes about what is happening on American university campuses all over the country. To me, it especially rings true at the University of California at Irvine, where a radical Muslim Student Union expouses anti-Semitism, while the administration hides under their collective desks and talks about "freedom of speech."

I know what I am talking about; I work there.

7 comments:

Bryan said...

Freedom of speech: love it, or go live in another country. (Yeah, I went there.)

Findalis said...

I wonder what the administration would say if there were signs carried by Jewish students demanding all Muslims be killed?

Maybe they should start to do that every time the MSU has a function.

Gary Fouse said...

Bryan,

You don't even draw the line at incitement to murder?

Do you think the university has an obligation to provide a forum for people to come on campus and call Jews, "low-life ghetto-dwellers"? How about,"You can take the Jew out tof the ghetto, but you can't take the ghetto out of the Jew"? (Mohammed al-Asi at UCI.)

How about glorifying suicide bombers and calling them heroes and martyrs? (Malik Ali at UCI)

Again, I am not saying these bums should be arrested for their words. (That is freedom of speech.) But can't UCI at least condemn the words-which they refuse to do? I condemn the words, and you say I am against free speech. What I say is let these bums go speak on a street corner.

And let's be honest. There is more tolerance for hate speech directed at certain groups than for others. It should be equal for everyone.

Gary Fouse said...
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Gary Fouse said...

Findalis,

I suspect the university would crack down on that because they seem to be in fear of the msu and their supporters at cair.

Reut R. Cohen said...

If the situation was reversed and Jews were calling for deaths of ______ group, the university would not tolerate it.

During May 2008 a preacher by the name of Michael Venyah was on campus. After Amir Abdel Malik Ali finished spouting his hateful garbage, Venyah decided to start preaching near the flagpoles. He said that anyone who isn't Christian is going to hell. He also called the prophet Muhammad a pedophile.

Members of the MSU ran up to him and charged at him. This was assault and police officers stood by and let this happen. Edgar Dormitorio recommended to Venyah that he should leave.

Now, I don't agree with Venyah on many issues, but why in the world is freedom of speech one-sided? Why do hateful groups like the MSA have a monopoly on it?

When the College Republicans hosted an "Affirmative Action" bake-sale, they were shut down... for selling cupcakes. Whether or not one agrees with affirmative action, why in the world is the university shutting down an event that peacefully attempts to make a point?

It's interesting that only *certain* opinions are tolerated.

If UCI supports free speech, they've been selectively supporting it.

Gary Fouse said...

Reut,

You are correct. The empty suits who run UCI are trying to intertwine free speech with political correctness. Why did Dormitorio want Ventah to leave the campus after he (Dormitorio) stood there and listened to Malik Ali use the UCI campus to spread his message of hate?

Such is the sorry state of academia.