Hat tip Creeping Sharia
Last week, we picked up a story on Vanderbilt Professor Carol Swain, who wrote critically of Islam in a local newspaper. That touched off a furor on campus beginning when a student from Pakistan wrote a letter to a university official which she made public. Now there is an organized campaign against Professor Swain.
“What I’m really trying to show her is that she can’t continue to say these kinds of things on a campus that’s so liberal and diverse and tolerant,” Yamin declared.
Does this person understand how contradictory that statement is?
First of all, Swain did not say what she did on campus. She wrote it in a local newspaper in an op-ed column. Secondly, we have a thing in this country called freedom of speech, However, the campus Muslim student group, like many of its sister groups on other campuses, is attempting to stamp out that freedom.
Professor Swain has offered to engage in a debate on campus as long as it is balanced and conducted with civility. That's a big if.
This story merits keeping up with. Professor Swain deserves our support. I have attempted to enter my own comments in the reader thread of the campus paper, The Hustler. However, I am unable to log on at this point. Most of the reader comments support Swain. I invite my own readers to comment if they can get on.