Columbia University Sabatoges Walid Shoebat Event
After last week's shameful display of mob violence during Minuteman Project founder Jim Gilchrist's talk at Columbia University, the suppression of free speech on campus continues.
This time the targets were two former Islamic terrorists, Walid Shoebat and Zakaria Anani, and ex-Nazi Hilmer Von Campe, all of whom became devout Christians and now disavow their previous beliefs, particularly their former hatred for Jews. They were invited to speak by the Columbia College Republicans and e-mail invitations were sent out to the public.
One would think that such figures would be considered the true freedom fighters of the day, but in an age when terrorist sympathies in the name of "resistance" has become the norm on college campuses, these three instead were treated with contempt.
Not only did the administration send out a last-minute e-mail disinviting all but a very small group of guests and causing great inconvenience to those who showed up, but the student magazine, Columbia's Blue and White Blog, gleefully crowed about sabatoging the event with no-shows. As they put it, "We want pretty pictures of empty chairs."
This is a sad statement indeed. In the name of fighting "fascism," students and campus faculty are themselves becoming the fascists.
Kesher Talk and Solomonia have the details, plus accounts from those who did manage to catch the lecture.
On a somewhat related note, I wrote about a similar experience two years ago involving a Daniel Pipes speech at UC Berkely that was disrupted by the Muslim Students Association, among others. Click here to read "Fascism at Berkeley."