Cinnamon Stillwell

I’m the West Coast representative for Campus Watch, a project of the Middle East Forum. I was a political columnist for (San Francisco Chronicle online) from 2004-2008. I've written for the Algemeiner, Daily Caller, Washington Examiner, Independent Journal Review, American Thinker, FrontPage Magazine, Jihad Watch, Family Security Matters, Accuracy In Media, Newsbusters, Israel National News, Jewish Press, J-The Jewish News Weekly of Northern California, and many others.

Thursday, October 12, 2006

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."


Blogger diurnalist said...

The left don't consider themselves fascist because they've decided that certain viewpoints are beyond the pale. That's their rationalization for their mafiosa tendencies.

So how do they explain wanting to stifle the speech of former terrorists? It muist mean they support terrorists. Which they do.

Thursday, October 12, 2006 10:48:00 AM  
Blogger Jeremayakovka said...

What today's defenders of free speech are using as a reference point -- intimidation sweeping Central European campuses -- deserves more attention.

Lillian Hellman's Pentimento, her Stalinist fantasy-memoir of 1930s Austria is one take on it. (Plus, it was made into the Academy Award-winning, upper-class radical's dream flic "Julia" + Vanessa Redgrave's infamous "Zionist hoodlums" acceptance speech).

For a grim, lucid recollection, see Jean Amery's essay on what it was like to be a half-Jewish youth in Austria when the Nuremberg Laws were enacted, in At the Mind's Limits.

Thursday, October 12, 2006 2:14:00 PM  

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