Saturday, August 12, 2017
SMU WON’T PERMIT 9/11 DISPLAY ON CAMPUS
The Coach’s Team published the following article by David Krayden on August 9th:
"University bans 9/11 Memorial display from campus"
Southern Methodist University has refused to allow a 9/11 memorial on campus which has caused an uproar among the student body in opposition to the administration, according to emails obtained by The College Fix.
The students are calling this decision the result of a “restrictive and destructive” attitude on the part of the administrators. (Continued here)
Clearly SMU “officials” are frightened to death of offending (that is, telling the truth about) Muslims and Islam. Ed.
Bare Naked Islam added the following about the SMU story:
For the past two years on 9/11, an SMU campus group, Young Americans for Freedom, has planted 2,977 American flags in front of Dallas Hall, a busy spot, where people went to pray and pay their respects on 9/11 in 2001. But the Dallas, TX university says student groups won’t be able to have such displays there anymore because it could trigger resentment among Muslim students.
In early July, the Young Americans for Freedom chapter at SMU submitted a use of grounds request for Dallas Hall Lawn, a central location on campus where we have, for 2 years previous, hosted the 9/11 Never Forget Project. The Project consists of placing a memorial of 2,977 American flags in a visually stunning display that represents each of the 2,977 Americans murdered by Al Qaeda terrorists in September 2001.
The new policy reads, “While the University respects the rights of students to free speech, the University respects the right of members of the community to avoid messages that are triggering, harmful, or harassing.” This statement and the rationale it offers clearly reveal the University’s fundamental misunderstanding of the First Amendment and the principle of free speech. (CONTINUED HERE)
College/University leftists have gone off the deep end in preventing the exercise of free speech on campuses around the nation. Yet the policy among Deans and University Presidents that conservatives alone may not trample free expression while protesting an offense is hardly in line with decisions of the Supreme Court.
On June 19, Justice Samuel Alito wrote the majority opinion for the Court in the case of Matal v Tam. In delivering the 8-0 opinion, Alito wrote:
“We have said time and again that ‘the public expression of ideas may not be prohibited merely because the ideas are themselves offensive to some of their hearers.’ ”
This decision will no doubt go a long way in correcting the abuses of free speech at America’s institutions of higher learning, right?
Ha, Ha, Ha, Ha, Ha….. Yeah. Ed.