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Thursday, March 30, 2006

Cartoon Dhimmitude at NYU

Those who disparage the publication of the Mohammed cartoons usually do so on two grounds. These two points directly contradict each other, but that is apparently an objection from another age.

1) The cartoons unfairly tar Islam itself as violent; most Muslims are peaceful.
2) The cartoons incite widespread Muslim violence.

The dhimmi administration at New York University chose to highlight the second argument yesterday. The NYU objectivist club held a panel discussion at which the cartoons were supposed to be unveiled. Two days before the event, the university informed the NYU objectivists that they must either close the event to outsiders or refrain from unveiling the cartoons. Vague references to security were made. I suppose that sounds better than "We collaborated with radical Muslims to squelch criticism of Islam."

But what were the security concerns? Even the most delusional leftist would be hard pressed to argue that people were going to see these cartoons and then go trash the local mosque. Clearly the concern was for violence against the event itself; the metal detectors at the doors should attest to that. So NYU is implicitly admitting that the religion of peace has a violence problem. Of course the first administrator to say that out loud would be fired within days, if not hours.

It only shows how important it is for every American to see and understand these cartoons.

Diana at Noodle Food has the best coverage of this whole sorry episode.

Update: A spokesman for NYU discussed the school's reasoning with Professor Volokh. It's astounding to see such weak-assed excuses:

(1) "NYU has to be concerned with its students' safety and well-being, which are among the factors that drove our decision in this matter."

(2) The decision was also based partly on NYU's "larger obligation as a university to the sensibilities of its students," many of whom are offended by the cartoons.

(3) As to the policy, "No-one's speech was curtailed." "If you read the policy, it talks about speakers' speech being curtailed, and to the best of my knowledge none of the speakers were the cartoons' authors."

As Volokh points out, by those standards NYU could ban the Koran.


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