A conservative campus group called the Young Americans for Freedom wanted to do something simple: Put a September 11th memorial up at Ripon College in Wisconsin and, in the process, draw their fellow students’ attention to the fact that Islamic terrorism has been an ongoing scourge for decades. Perhaps they could have gotten away with their memorial if they’d left out that second part, but as any faithful PND reader will already know, the left protects their precious Islam like a newborn calf. When the YAF began distributing flyers that highlighted some of the worst atrocities carried out by extremist Islam over the last thirty years, Ripon College administrators stepped in and shut it down.
“Students from a Muslim background would feel singled out and/or harassed,” the college told the YAF by way of explaining their decision.
On the flyers, the Young Americans included scenes from 9/11, the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando, and the 1979 Iranian hostage crisis as a way of tying these deadly events to their common source. The administrators could not see the obvious logic behind the included examples, telling the student group that the other events “don’t have anything to do with 9/11.” Which is like saying that photographs of a growing leaf, a scorched desert, and a sunburn are completely unrelated. Perhaps the Ripon College administrators need to go back and study cause and effect. Or perhaps they understand full well what these events have in common with 9/11.
“I’m not sure I think the Iran hostage issue was Islamic terrorism,” one particularly clueless administrator told the group.
Administrators said they’d received complaints about the posters due to the fact that they focus “relentlessly on one religious organization, one religious group, one religious identity.” They said that “associating that one religious identity with terrorist attacks which go back far before 9/11 and after 9/11 – creates for some students here an environment which they feel like they are not able to learn.”
Well, if what they are learning at Ripon College is that there is no predominant “religious identity” behind most of modern-day terrorism, then it’s probably for the best that they are unable to do so. Because any administrator, professor, or academic or any kind wants to stand up and deny that obvious truth than they are doing their students – and our country – a grave disservice.
The part that irked us the most was this quote from an administrator: “The intent is admirable to talk about why we are killing each other, but what about school shootings? We’ve had almost a school shooting a day for the last ten days, and we’re continuing to up the body count.”
Left unsaid: “And because a lot of these school shootings are carried out by white kids, it would be SO much more politically correct to focus on that.”
Something tells us, though, that if the YAF produced a flyer highlighting the five most recent school shootings and plastered the phrase “Gun Free Zone” on each one, the administrators would make them take that down as well.