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American Muslims Must Learn To Accept Free Speech

October 21, 2007

American Muslims Must Learn To Accept Free Speech

And I’m not just talking about Muslims. A lot of people need to take a time-out instead of getting all upset anytime someone says something you don’t agree with.

Almost every day, I read about some group upset something was said. It’s called racist, insensitive, intolerant, and I’m finding I’m repeating myself on these points every few columns. At the same time, liberals call conservatives every name they can think of, because when THEY do it, that’s okay because THEY are the enlightened.

Local Muslims upset by UW campus event

Seattle Times religion reporter

A controversial week of events, billed as Islamo-Fascism Awareness Week, launches at the University of Washington and some 100 other colleges next week — drawing condemnations from Muslim groups here and across the country.

The UW College Republicans, organizer of the local events, say the week is intended to foster awareness of the terrorist threat posed by a small number of extremists within Islam.

But some local Muslims say the week fosters Islamophobia and racism and attempts to paint all Muslims as terrorists.

Islamo-Fascism Awareness Week, launched this year by a recent graduate of Duke University and sponsored by the Los Angeles-based David Horowitz Freedom Center, is intended to “confront the two Big Lies of the political left: that George Bush created the war on terror and that Global Warming is a greater danger to Americans than the terrorist threat,” according to its Web site.

The Web site includes suggested campus activities such as holding sit-ins outside women’s studies departments to protest “the silence of feminists over the oppression of women in Islam” and holding a memorial service for the “victims of Islamo-Fascist violence around the world.”

Again, we’ve bent over backwards for Muslims in America, and what do we get as thanks? Well, certainly not always “Thanks.”

For example, Christians and Jews cannot pray in an American public school or on it’s grounds without incurring the wrath of the ACLU. Conversely, Muslims have been given (in some public schools) designated areas within the building where they can pray, and they got this and other considerations (and concessions) within our society because they make persistent “demands”.

In the United States of America, our First Amendment guarantees us freedom of speech; a concept that can get you killed in some countries. Our First Amendment also guarantees freedom of assembly, so if some students want to have “Islamo-Fascism Awareness Week”, they’ll just have to deal with it. Muslims are free to protest all that week if they want to, but because it’s a topic that has merit and they don’t want to hear it, doesn’t mean anyone has to shut up.

I don’t recall seeing Americans taking to the streets, burning Middle East nation flags, while chanting “death” to that nation. We could, as that’s our guaranteed right, but we don’t because we’re better than that. The recent bombings in Pakistan, for example, were not a new phenomenon. The wanton killing of civilians by religious fanatics has been a consistent terror tactic used, and must be denounced without reservation or condition. That is what, I believe, “Islamo-Fascism Awareness Week” is all about.

No where in the “Terrorist Awareness” literature and commentary does the word “all” precede the word “Muslims”. If it did, they would be wrong.

Don’t kill the messenger as the messenger is not the one doing the killing.