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September 06, 2007

Looking For Comedy In The Muslim World

Big laughs as this cat, a Muslim student at the University of Texas at San Antonio, obviously thinks he's pretty funny as he harasses a female Muslim student and then repeatedly asks a Jewish one what the Jews' greatest accomplishment was.

He offers his own answer over and over: "9/11."

Arrogant ignorance, the worst stupidity of all.

Analysis by Jeff Goldstein:

'm interested to hear what the diversity czars and the risk-averse university bureaucrats have to say about this kind of identitarian political activism — not because I'm particularly bothered by it (the video shows the MSA for the repressive ideologues and wannabe zealous thugs they are, and frankly, I find it refreshing to see such free speech aired on a university campus for a change) — but rather because a university-sanctioned group is performing such confrontational activism on a university campus, where "hate" is purportedly disallowed.

This puts diversity advocates and university administrators in quite a bind, I should think. Because to "tolerate" the political activism of the MSA, the university must simultaneously allow for "hatred" against women and Jews (the latter not really much of a problem, of course — provided the wretched Zionists don't threaten to sue). Unless, that is, one is able to alter what constitutes "hate" by simultaneously altering the feminist narrative to conclude that Muslim women who "Americanize" are somehow traitors to their own cultural milieu, and so shouldn't be granted the protections of American women who are treated as kitchen and laundry room chattel. Which, here, would manifest itself with a deafening silence from the Women's Studies Departments.

Indeed, that's the rub. Hate-speech codes cannot be combined with "respect for multicultural traditions" which include hatred, at least not without blatantly conferring privileged status on a precious few (thus undermining another supposedly important value of liberals: equality and equal treatment).

I'm less bothered by this prick's exercise of free-speech rights than by the fact that only he and fellow privileged Musllims are now allowed to actually exercise such rights without fear of investigation, disciplinary action, possible expulsion and even possible criminal charges.

To repeat myself: Imagine what a state-sanctioned religion would look like. It would have a panopoly of special rights and special protections, granted and enforced by state and quasi-state institutions.

Does the current regime look terribly much different from officially sanctioning Islam as the state religion?


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