In an era of college ‘free speech zones’, we shouldn’t be surprised when one or two campus groups, in this case, Middle Eastern and North African (MENA) and Muslim Students on Campus, can have the showing of American Sniper canceled on the basis of one flawed petition with 200 signatures..
The claim was Chris Kyle was a racist and the movie was anti-Muslim. In fact, Kyle was serving his country honorably and the movie is anti-radical Muslim.
One student – ONE – Lamees Mekkaoui, who is a member of the group, began the petition which garnered 200 signatures.
There was no anti-Muslim rhetoric, just anti-radical Muslim rhetoric, but for some Muslims, when radical Muslims are insulted, all Muslims are also insult, however, when radical Islam commits heinous crimes, they say the radicals aren’t real Muslims.
This snapshot from the letter shows their views on free speech might respect Sharia views, but not our constitutional views.
“Although we respect the right to freedom of speech, we believe that with this right comes responsibility: responsibility of action, intention, and outcome,” the letter read. “The movie ‘American Sniper’ not only tolerates but promotes anti-Muslim and anti-MENA rhetoric and sympathizes with a mass killer.”
The mass killer they refer to is a courageous U.S. soldier. No one is talking about how anti-American these students sound.
We live in a world where the minority can tyrannize the majority and there are thought police on the college campuses.
They showed Paddington instead. These are college students!
The university said the Muslim students felt “unsafe.” That’s such incredible hogwash, isn’t it? If they don’t like it, they should not see it.
When will they start the book burnings?
There was an uproar when Campus Reform posted the information. MENA, realizing they overreached, then said they didn’t mean to shut down all showings.
The university pulled back and the film was then to be shown in limited venues. It will now be shown as planned.
V.P. for Student Life. E. Royster Harper agreed that not showing the film it was a mistake.
“The initial decision to cancel the movie was not consistent with the high value the University of Michigan places on freedom of expression and our respect for the right of students to make their own choices in such matters,” Harper said. “The movie will be shown at the originally scheduled time and location.”
The university is going to show Paddington too.
The coach had something to say about it all.
Michigan Football will watch “American Sniper”! Proud of Chris Kyle & Proud to be an American & if that offends anybody then so be it!
— Coach Harbaugh (@CoachJim4UM) April 9, 2015