Andrew Klavan of The Daily Wire spoke at Stanford University on Tuesday and the administration was not too happy. The school referenced a video in which Klavan critiqued jihad, with the vice provost for student affairs and dean for religious life claiming that Andrew “distorts the tenets of the Muslim faith, equating Islam with violence and barbarism” and expressing dismay with the event happening during the month of Ramadan, reported Campus Reform.
Oh so we’re not allowed to criticize an ideology for one entire month per year? And that’s the other thing: Andrew’s not criticizing Islam as a religion, but rather political Islam, Islam as its performed as an ideology. This is also why, quite frankly, there’s a good case for not making religion a protected class. Activists often try to conflate religion, ideology, and race, suggesting that being anti-terror attacks, anti-beheading gays, etc. means you have a problem with people who have a different god or a different skin color.
It’s all smoke and mirrors but anyways, the Stanford administrators also said “we understand it can be deeply frustrating and painful to see speakers invited to campus whose ideologies disparage members of our community.” Good. If there are people who sympathize with jihad on campus, I think they might deserve a bit of disparagement.
“Acknowledging this pain, we nonetheless encourage you to look beyond the sensationalism of speakers whose currency is controversy to the examples of people joining together across difference and standing in solidarity even in the face of hatred and slander” and then they bring up the recent terror attacks targeting Muslims, Christians, and Jews.
See, that’s how they keep this jig up. They have to suggest that criticizing radical Islam is going to somehow lead to mosque shootings.
Stanford: Massages For Trans/Non-Binary People Only?
Stanford Students for Queer Resistance and Trans Liberation (SSQRTL) and Stanford’s Queer Resource Center sponsored an event advertising massages and acupunctures, but only for transgender and non-binary faculty, staff, and students, according to Campus Reform.
Now what’s really interesting is that when a correspondent of mine over at Campus Reform reached out to the school, a spokesman said the service was open to all students. He didn’t respond when my reporter asked him why the flier said something different. But you see, this is really only a spicy story because of the unique type of resources allegedly being offered only to certain groups. Universities have entire departments and student organizations dedicated to helping pretty much anyone and everyone who’s not a white man.
From the vice provosts of diversity to social justice “scholars,” it’s an entire industry. And that’s why you can’t trust a single word these people say: they’re paid only so long as there are problems. If all of the “inequities,” microaggressions, and so on are fixed, they have nothing to criticize, their job becomes obsolete, and those stacks of cash dry up.
Muslim RA Resigns After ‘Physically Fight Zionists’ Remark
Stanford student Hamzeh Daoud seems to have deleted his Facebook now, but people who saw it in late July might’ve come across a post where he said: “I’m gonna physically fight Zionists on campus next year if someone comes at me with their ‘Israel is democracy bullshit’ 🙂 And after I abolish your ass I’ll go ahead and work every day for the rest of my life to abolish your petty ass ethnosupremacist settler-colonial state,” according to The Daily Caller News Foundation.
Hamzeh, who’s a member of Stanford’s Students for Justice in Palestine chapter, had second thoughts four hours later and changed the phrase “physically fight Zionists” to “intellectually fight Zionists,” but that didn’t stop his original post from making its rounds on the interwebs, with the College Republicans and others criticizing it.
The student released a statement Friday saying he is a “third-generation Palestinian refugee” and that he bears “trans-generational trauma.” Trans-generational trauma? What does that even mean? This is starting to remind me of black Americans who demand reparations for injustices that, while absolutely horrible, they, themselves, have not suffered. No, sorry, collectivism isn’t a Western principle.
Anyways, Hamzeh goes on to say “I apologize from the bottom of my heart to everyone who was triggered by it. I recognize that I was projecting my own trauma onto others in a way that is never acceptable.” He’s apparently enrolling in “trauma-based therapy” at Stanford and says he’s resigning from his position as RA to focus on his schoolwork and also to think about the consequences of his post.
Muslim RA Says He Will ‘Physically Fight Zionists On Campus’
Stanford University student Hamzeh Daoud, who’s going to be an RA in fall 2018, said he was going to “physically fight Zionists,” reported The Daily Caller News Foundation.
“I’m gonna physically fight Zionists on campus next year if someone comes at me with their ‘Israel is democracy bullshit’ :)” Hazmeh wrote Friday. “And after I abolish your ass i’ll go ahead and work every day for the rest of my life to abolish your petty ass ethnosupremacist settler-colonial state.”
Well, I’m not sure how saying “Israel is a democracy” is bullshit — I mean, what other country in the Middle East operates by the rule of law and an “innocent until proven guilty” principle? Just because a nation doesn’t roll over and let itself be sabotaged by terrorists doesn’t make it any less of a democracy.
Anyways, Hazmeh, who’s a member of Stanford’s chapter of Students for Justice in Palestine, might’ve realized that his language could constitute a threat because, 4 hours later, he changed the term “physically fight Zionists” to “intellectually fight Zionists” in his post.
I’m really trying to understand: why do these statements come so often from one side of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and members of this side who don’t even, themselves, live in the Middle East? Let me know below.