I received the below email yesterday:
Dear Subscribers and Friends of TOS,
George Mason University has abandoned its commitment to freedom of expression on campus. At the last minute, GMU has caved-in to pressure from Muslim groups and has cancelled Dr. Lewis’s talk, which was scheduled for tomorrow night, Wed, Feb 28, 2007. This is all we know right now. We will post details as soon as we have them. Please spread the word.
Craig Biddle, EditorThe Objective Standardmailto:firstname.lastname@example.org
Here is the summary of the talk:
“No Substitute for Victory”: The Defeat of Islamic Totalitarianism
Summary: In the wake of 9/11, and in the face of rising threats to their freedoms and rights, Americans are uncertain about what a proper foreign policy should be. The uncertainty arises from the philosophical influences of pragmatism and altruism, which have misguided Americans and their leaders for decades. Mentally crippled by this uncertainty, America has failed to address the cause of the threats against her and, in so doing, has bolstered it.
This talk consults the historical precedent of American policy towards Shintoism in post-1945 Japan to show that a proper policy today would first identify Islamic Totalitarianism as the cause of the threat facing the West, and then direct American resources toward eliminating the political imposition of Islamic Law. If Americans want to end the threats against their lives and liberty, they must first identify the advocates of political Islam (those who seek to impose Islamic Law by force) as the true enemy, and then destroy that enemy—beginning with the Islamic State of Iran. This is the only way to reestablish American security.
Muslim groups around the country have been trying to stop talks critical of Islam with some success. This happened repeatedly during the talks regarding the Danish Cartoon controversy last fall most notably at NYU. If you have any doubt as to where they really stand on freedom of speech and therefore "freedom" as such keep in mind that these are mostly so-called "moderate" Muslims being educated in the West. Remember the words of the Egyptian lawyer as quoted in a previous post: "there are things that one should not talk about, like religion and politics..."
If American universities refuse to uphold free speech it will not be long before we lose our freedom entirely. The concept of free speech does not mean just the freedom to say nice things about people or the freedom to flatter your dictator. Yet, western intellectuals explicitly sanction these student thugs via the multiculturalist precept that Western culture is no better than their own. Therefore, students attempting to thwart anyone critical of Islam are justified since this would be "offensive" to them. Afterall, they are taught, no one can be certain of anything...there is no black and white... who is to say freedom is better than slavery? Who is to say Sharia law is worse than the Declaration of Independence?