By Todd Starnes
The University of Maryland has announced it will postpone a campus screening of “American Sniper” after concerned student organizations raised objections.
One of those groups is the Muslim Students Association – and here’s what they had to say about the story of American war hero Chris Kyle:
“American Sniper only perpetuates the spread of Islamophobia and is offensive to many Muslims around the world for good reason. This movie dehumanizes Muslim individuals, promotes the idea of senseless mass murder, and portrays negative and inaccurate stereotypes.”
That was enough for the university’s Student Entertainment Events to capitulate and pull the plug, posting this message on its website:
“SEE is choosing to explore the proactive measures of working with others during the coming months to possibly create an event where students can engage in constructive and moderated dialogues about the controversial topics proposed in the film.”
This is not the first time that Muslims and their supporters have tried to silence the story of Chris Kyle. In early April, the University of Michigan canceled a screening, and then later reversed after a national uproar. And earlier this week, a petition drive was launched to ban the film at George Mason University.
There’s no official word on when – or if – “American Sniper” will ever be shown at the University of Maryland. SEE would only say, “SEE supports freedom of expression and hopes to create space for the airing of opposing viewpoints and differing perceptions.”
That’s pretty ironic, touting their Constitutional bona-fides while stomping on the Constitution.
And for the record, we already have a space for the airing of opposing viewpoints and differing perceptions. It’s called the United States of America.
Dr. Wallace D. Loh
President, University of Maryland
Email the President: firstname.lastname@example.org
SEE Program Coordinator
Tomorrow we’ll post a list of known MSA terrorists.
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