Apparently jealous at all the publicity black student groups have gotten over the last four months, Sand Diego State University’s Muslim Student Association has unveiled its own list of social justice demands. First on the list: Shut down any criticism of Islam.
“We demand that the SDSU administration enact a zero tolerance policy explicitly for Islamophobic speech and actions as well as targeted bigotry toward any other identity group,” reads the first of eight demands.
The list has its genesis in an incident that occurred in the SDSU parking lot on November 19, a few days after the Paris terrorist attacks that killed 130 people. This incident was not quite so extreme, but the story goes that a female Muslim student was harassed by a young white male. According to the victim, he yanked off her headscarf and called her racist names. After campus police failed to nab the suspect based on the little evidence they had, Hanif Mohebi of the local chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations suddenly had revelatory new details.
“The attacker came at the student from behind and choked her with the hajib, or headscarf,” he said after explaining that the student had come to him following the incident. “He told her, ‘Get out of this country.’ That she was a terrorist and that ‘You people bombed Paris.’”
Even with these salacious new details, however, campus police were unable to turn up any lead on this Very True and Definitely Not Made Up attack.
News of the incident led the college’s Muslim Student Association to organize a protest, at which point they came up with the list of demands. In addition to stomping out Islamophobia, the group demands more coursework on Islam, more bystander training (to ensure witnesses intervene the next time a fictional attack happens), and more funding for the intercultural relations department.
Between this group’s foundational relationship to the Muslim Brotherhood – an international group of Islamists who support and finance terrorism; it’s tight-knit relationship with CAIR – a group that is both directly and indirectly tied in with Hamas; and their aims of shutting down free speech – aims familiar to anyone who remembers the attack on Charlie Hebdo; it’s hard to see why anyone would support their cause.
Regardless of the Muslims Student Association’s history, though, the cry of Islamophobia is one that liberals are powerless to ignore. They are so desperate to care for their little victims that they cannot muster dissent even when all logic is against them. More of these liberals should take a cue from French Prime Minister Manuel Valls. After the Charlie Hebdo attack last January, Walls told a reporter from The Atlantic that he would not be among those cowered by that term:
“It is very important to make clear to people that Islam has nothing to do with ISIS,” Valls said. “There is a prejudice in society about this, but on the other hand, I refuse to use this term ‘Islamophobia,’ because those who use this word are trying to invalidate any criticism at all of Islamist ideology. The charge of ‘Islamophobia’ is used to silence people.”
Amen. Unfortunately, we have leaders in academia and, indeed, at the highest levels of our government, who don’t see it that way.