That seems to be so sole logic behind the cancellation of a patriotic movie screening at the University of Maryland.
Free speech may be constitutionally protected, but it is practically annihilated by the mere threat of pejoratives. Americans will do -- or not do -- most anything to avoid being labeled with the 'racist' or 'Islamophobic' pejoratives.
A petition circulated by the Muslim Students Association claimed the movie "...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,” it added.
There is no Western Culture Students Association to counter the accusations. Nor is there a group to circulate petitions to protest any of the myriad of white guilt movies that propagate Europhobia and are offensive to many white people around the world for good reason.
White guilt movies dehumanize white individuals, promotes the idea of senseless genocide, and portray negative and inaccurate stereotypes.
Below is a video of tolerant Muslim students giving Pamella Geller a raucous send off at Brooklyn College in New York City last night.
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The University of Maryland announced it will postpone indefinitely an upcoming screening of “American Sniper” after Muslim students protested – calling the film Islamophobic, racist and nationalistic.
“American Sniper only perpetuates the spread of Islamophobia and is offensive to many Muslims around the world for good reason,” read a petition launched by the university’s Muslim Students Association. “This movie dehumanizes Muslim individuals, promotes the idea of senseless mass murder, and portrays negative and inaccurate stereotypes.”
The critically-acclaimed film about the life of Navy SEAL Chris Kyle was supposed to be screened May 6 and 7. It was “postponed” on April 22 by the university’s Student Entertainment Events (SEE).
While SEE did not mention the Muslim Students Association’s petition, they referenced a meeting with “concerned student organizations” about the film.
“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,” read a statement from SEE posted on the university’s website.
The Muslim Students Association posted a Facebook message praising the university’s capitulation to their demands.
“We sincerely appreciate your commitment to exercising your freedom of speech to create an inclusive, just and safe campus community,” they wrote.
Breyer Hillegas, president of the university’s College Republicans, told me he was furious about the cancellation.
“Universities are always trying to satisfy the political correctness police and worry about who they might offend – rather than standing up for principle and the First Amendment of the Constitution,” Hillegas told me.
He said the College Republicans had been behind the effort to convince SEE to show the film.
“If the university prevents a movie like that from being show – it promotes intolerance and stifles dialogue and debate – and goes directly against the atmosphere that the University of Maryland is supposed to support,” he said.
But the Muslims Student Association said “American Sniper” creates a “dangerous climate for Muslim students and severely devalues the community atmosphere.”
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