I’m set to speak at Stanford University on Tuesday night, and the social justice warriors on campus are in magnificent convulsions of rage and self-pity. The staff of the Freshman Sophomore College dormitory has told students to report other students who put up posters advertising my event to university authorities. In no fewer than eight hit pieces that have been published (so far) in the Stanford Daily attacking me, it has been claimed that I “give license” to the “oppression” of Jews, and that Muslims at Stanford are endangered by my work. It has been charged that I have incited a mass murderer and approve of restricting the right to vote. My work has been characterized, without any specific examples, of being not only inaccurate, but also inflammatory, offensive, hateful, and dishonest.
There has also, of course, been the predictable call that my event be canceled, or boycotted if it goes forward. Among the groups calling for this is Stanford Students for Queer Liberation, which may find, if members take a field trip to, say, Tehran or Riyadh, that what I was saying made a bit more sense than they may have suspected. Also signing were Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) and Jewish Voice for Peace. Note, however, that Students for Justice in Palestine and Jewish Voice for Peace brought Aarab Barghouti, the son of Marwan Barghouti, to campus. Aarab Barghouti is a supporter of and apologist for his father, a convicted jihad mass murderer.
There was no uproar when Aarab Barghouti spoke at Stanford. No calls for cancellation or boycott. No statements from administrators offering support to students who found Barghouti’s presence disturbing. No protests. No safe spaces opened. No hysterical attacks on Barghouti in the Stanford Daily. No calls by dorm staff to report students who put up posters advertising Barghouti’s event.
Likewise, when the SJP co-hosted an event at Stanford featuring Mads Gilbert, who supports the 9/11 jihad attacks that murdered 3,000 people, no one at Stanford got hysterical and called for cancellation, boycott, punishment of the students supporting the event, etc.
But now I am coming — a foe of jihad terror and of the Sharia systematic discrimination against women, gays, and non-Muslims. And Stanford is acting as if an asteroid is rapidly approaching and about to obliterate their campus.
Is my father a terrorist murderer, whose actions I go around justifying? No. Have I ever applauded the murder of 3,000 people, or the murder of anyone? No.
Moral myopia? Worse, I’d say. Moral cretinism. A near-total inversion of any rational moral standards.
Tuesday evening is going to be fun.
“Stanford Student Senate Funds On-Campus Speech by Jailed Palestinian Terrorist Leader Marwan Barghouti’s Son,” by Rachel Frommer, Algemeiner, May 25, 2017:
The Stanford student senate voted to fund an on-campus speech by the son of imprisoned Palestinian terrorist Marwan Barghouti, a campus paper reported on Wednesday.
The event featuring Aarab Barghouthi, to be hosted on Thursday night by Stanford’s Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP), will receive “$450 for an honorarium and $200 for facility use” from the senate, according to the report in The Stanford Daily….