An editorial in the Harvard Crimson proves, yet again, how useless a liberal arts education has become in 21st century America. Cloaked in sanctimonious and self-righteous rhetoric, the Harvard Crimson supports the suppression of free speech and truth, and more importantly, the expression of ideas.
American universities have become incubators of leftist fascist and Islamic supremacism. The very institutions that should be on the forefront of the battle for freedom have become the fortress of its enemy.
If the future of our freedoms is best reflected in a nation’s youth, it is safe to say that our unalienable rights are on life support.
The Harvard Crimson supports the MBTA suppression of free speech and the denial of our pro-Israel ad. The Crimson has no problem with the vicious blood libel ads against Israel run by the MBTA. That is …. intellectual discourse. But our ads, according to the Crimson:
“Reducing a decades-long conflict between Israel and Palestine to a Manichaean struggle between ‘civilized men’ and ‘savages’ is also ahistorical in its implicit attempt to absolve Israel of serious allegations of human rights abuses.”
Funny how these leftists never miss an opportunity to advance their antisemitic propaganda. The fact is that the jihad against the Jews is savage. That is the right word. Any war on innocent civilians is savagery. And the war on the Jewish people is a war on innocent civilians. Whether it’s targeting schools with missiles from Gaza or the bloody wholesale slaughter of a Jewish family in the middle of the night, the Fogel family, it’s savagery. The bloody hacking to death of the Fogel family was savage. The blowing up of a bus of Jewish women and children in Bulgaria is savagery.
The relentless 60-year campaign of terror against the Jewish people is savage. The torture of hostage Gilad Shalit was savage. The Munich Olympic massacre was savage. The unspeakable torture of Ehud Goldwasser was savage. The tens of thousands of rockets fired from Gaza into southern Israel (into schools, homes, etc.) are savage. The vicious Jew-hatred behind this genocide is savage. The endless demonization of the Jewish people in the Palestinian and Arab media is savage. The refusal to recognize the state of Israel as a Jewish state is savage. 9/11 in New York was savage. 3/11 in Madrid was savage. 7/7 in London was savage, 11/26 in Mumbai was savage. 10/12 in Bali was savage. 6/30 at the Glasgow International Airport was savage. The Time Square attempted bombing was savage. Fort Hood was savage.
The Boston Marathon bombing, which took place in their backyard, is savage.
Our ad is not “ahistorical.” The jihad against the Jews is consistent throughout her history. Even before the establishment of Israel, Palestinian Muslims conducted vicious and bloody pogroms against Palestinian Jews under the leadership of Amin al Husseini, President of the Supreme Moslem Council. He led the Muslim riots through the 1920s and 1930s that led to the deaths of hundreds of Jews, and then in league with Adolf Hitler, the murder of hundreds of thousands of Jews. Al Husseini’s chief goal was the annihilation of the Jewish people. That is savage. (Source: The Arab Higher Committee, Its Origins, Personnel and Purposes, The Documentary Record submitted to The United nations, May 1947).
Maybe the students at Harvard ought to spend more time learning and less time bloviating about things they know nothing about. Bright young minds ought to work towards getting and exposing the truth, not making themselves the foolish tools of the enemies of freedom.
The Crimson deigns to say:
“The pro-Palestine ad may well be considered ahistorical too—though it does not sink to the level of the AFDI.”
No, it’s worse. It’s a blood libel.
This has become a pattern at Harvard. In December 2011, Harvard fired Subramanian Swamy after an editorial he wrote concerning the jihad in India was deemed “offensive to Muslims.” Did Harvard ever address the truth of Swamy’s remarks, or the 80 million Hindus slaughtered in jihadi wars, land appropriations, cultural annihilations and enslavements?
Freedom of speech protects all speech, not just the ideas that we like. That’s the point. Who decides what’s good and what’s forbidden? Harvard? The Islamic supremacists seeking to impose the sharia restriction on free speech?
Harvard has been bought and sold to the highest sharia bidder (in December 2005, Saudi Prince Al-Waleed donated $20 million each to Harvard University and Georgetown University to fund Islamic studies).
Someone ought to teach these self-righteous knuckleheads at Harvard that Islam is not a race and truth is not racist. A is A.
“No Racism on the T” By the Harvard Crimson
The MBTA was right to reject discriminatory ad
“In any war between the civilized man and the savage, support the civilized man. Support Israel; defeat Jihad.”
So reads an advertisement from the American Freedom Defense Initiative, an organization that spews equally racist rhetoric across the country. After the MBTA rejected the proposed advertisement because it violated rules that ads could not be “demeaning or disparaging,” the AFDI filed a lawsuit against the transit agency.
They claim that the MBTA applied a double standard because it had allowed an ad that shows four maps of “the Palestinian loss of land” from 1946 to 2010 accompanied by the text “4.7 Palestinians are Classified by the UN as Refugees.” The decision to block the AFDI’s ad, the logic goes, can only be explained by the MBTA’s “discriminatory animus against those who support Israel.”
The AFDI is wrong. The pro-Palestine ad is surely controversial, but it is not racist. It does not make its point by dehumanizing its political opponents to the level of savages. The AFDI’s ad is incontestably “demeaning and disparaging” of Palestinians and Muslims, and the MBTA was right to deny it.
The AFDI won a legal challenge last year against the New York Metro Transit Authority, which had decided not to run the same ad, on First Amendment grounds that the “[MTA] non-demeaning standard as currently drafted is impermissibly content-based” because it proscribed specific discrimination on the basis of race, gender, and sexuality among other categories. But that district court decision does not seem to apply to the MBTA guidelines, which make no similar content-based judgments.
Of course, we are skeptical of attempts by government to decide which kinds of political speech are valid and which can be prohibited. The constitutional question of free speech rights on public forums is complex and best left to the courts.
But the answer to the ethical question is abundantly clear: Depictions of people as subhuman, whether Muslim, Jewish, white, or black, is repulsive in its similarity to historical rhetoric that incited centuries of discrimination and oppression. The ad’s racist content is unsurprising though, given that the AFDI’s cofounders, Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer, both maintain popular, virulentlyIslamophobic blogs.
Reducing a decades-long conflict between Israel and Palestine to a Manichaean struggle between “civilized men” and “savages” is also ahistorical in its implicit attempt to absolve Israel of serious allegations of human rights abuses. The pro-Palestine ad may well be considered ahistorical too—though it does not sink to the level of the AFDI.The group could certainly present its pro-Israel position powerfully without resorting to unconscionable disparagement of Palestinians.
We hope that the court sides with the MBTA in its decision to reject the outrightly racist ad.
In any battle between discrimination and non-discrimination, we support non-discrimination.
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