More and more frequently, Islamists and the useful idiots who help usher in, if not enforce, sharia are silencing those who have studied Islamic history, understand the requirement of jihad in Islam, and some who’ve lived as Muslims under sharia and have chosen to alert others to the threat posed to Western ideals of freedom.
Muslims, frequently the Muslim Student Association (MSA) on college campuses and CAIR elsewhere, simply enforce sharia the only way they know how, by force. Forcing any attempt to discuss, critique or expose Islamic sharia law and jihad to be unheard. Some recent examples:
Geert Wilders: canceled at the Marriot in Florida, at Loews in Tennessee, disrupted at Temple University, banned from UK, banned to appear in Czech parliament; (added) how could we forget Network Solutions despicable act of preemptively shutting down the Fitna movie website before the movie had even been seen or released
Nonie Darwish: disrupted at Seattle University (we were told to remove our report of this event), prevented from speaking at Princeton and Columbia, harassed at Purdue (video)
Robert Spencer, Jihad Watch: uninvited from American Library Association discussion on Islam free speech after CAIR spreads hysteria to panelists; Spencer attacked at NYU debate
Douglas Murray: sharia law debate shut down by jihadists at Conway Hall in UK; (added) banned from speaking about Islam at the London School of Economics
Ehud Olmert, former Israeli PM: disrupted at the University of Chicago, video here and here
David Horowitz: prevented from speaking at St. Louis University
Michael Savage: banned from UK for his opinion on Islam
Rifqa Bary: held without access to phone, internet or visitation rights (i.e., jailed) for converting to Christianity and reporting fear of becoming a victim of honor killing
This list is a sampling in 2009. There are many more, and then there are the books that are going unpublished due to fears of Islamic violence. Stephen Norwood described the rash of censorship this way in a NY Daily News piece titled, ‘Shades of 1938: Colleges quiet a critic of Islam‘:
Those who do not understand this history – and the shameful way our institutions of higher learning welcomed Nazis, while turning away many of their strongest opponents – are doomed to repeat it with respect to the radical Islamist threat today.
It is chilling that prominent American universities in our day and age provide platforms for virulently anti-Semitic speakers like Iran’s leader Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, a Holocaust denier who threatens to wipe Israel off the map, while they shut down lectures by opponents of Islamic jihadists.
Meanwhile, Muslim student groups shut down and disrupt any and all critics of Islamic jihad and sharia on campus, they continue pushing the Muslim Brotherhood’s kind of grand jihad by inviting pro-jihad imams and terrorists to speak on campuses across the United States. At USC, Muslim students cried foul when the university forced them to remove verses from an online Qur’an that called for killing the Jews. There is also a steady stream of dhimmitude flowing from college newspapers defending terrorists and denouncing those who dare equate, rightfully, jihad and Islam.
As Nonie Darwish was planning to say at her canceled Princeton speech:
“…No religion or ideology can be beyond questioning when human rights are at stake. Religious or secular, we all must question obstacles to freedom and peace. The rights of any one religion must never supersede human rights or the rights of other religions to flourish. Tolerating intolerance is not a virtue; it is gross negligence.”
By stifling free speech, shaming speakers of the truth and calling them names, we allow tyranny to win. Fear tactics has worked for centuries in the Muslim world; now it is spreading like cancer in U.S. institutions of higher learning.
Updates: Some examples added above, and an incomplete list of books silenced by Muslims (thanks to commenters below):
The Cartoons That Shook the World: Yale Univ Press Bans Images of Muhammad in Book about Images of Muhammad
Muslim Women and the Challenge of Islamic Extremism: banned in Malaysia
My friend the Fanatic: Travels with an Indonesian Islamist: banned in Malaysia
Hamas: American author Matthew Levitt and his publisher Yale Press sued by KinderUSA – described as a charitable front for terror financing
Funding Evil: Rachel Ehrenfeld, author of the book, sued for defamation by now dead serial libel tourist
To Whom Honor is Due: German publisher killed book about honor killing fearing Muslim backlash
Jewel of Medina: Canceled by Random House
* Also see the excellent supplement to ‘Muhammad The “Banned” Images’, a PDF file, titled “Murder, Mayhem & Self-Censorship A timeline of reactions to images and descriptions of Muhammad.” It covers censorship from Rushdie’s Satanic Verses onward.
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