Remember when it was "important" to show The Last Temptation of Christ and The Handmaid's Tale on campus in order to stand up against Christians protesting against the attack on their faith? Why didn't they immediately invoke the same principle here -- and then waive the admission a charge and move the showing to a larger venue -- to stand up against the censors?
Oh, that's right -- because the censors were not Christians. They were members of a progressive-approved minority religion that gets special privileges despite the fact that its followers on a daily basis engage in much greater offenses against the progressive ideology than do Christians.
Fortunately, the censorship effort failed.
When the drama surrounding the showing of a movie is more intense than the drama in the movie itself, something has gone wrong. Especially when a university of all places is involved.
Yesterday, Reason reported that the University of Michigan pulled a planned showing of the Oscar-winning movie American Sniper after students protested that the Clint Eastwood flick "not only tolerates but promotes anti-Muslim...rhetoric and sympathizes with a mass killer."
Michigian administrators responded by spiking the movie and replacing it with, no shit, Paddington. Then they semi-relented and announcedplans to show "American Sniper" in a separate location from the UMix program, in what it said would be "a forum that provides an appropriate space for dialogue and reflection."
Now comes news that, no, no, the university—generally regarded as one an outstanding academic institution—will now show American Sniper as planned. Via Foxnews.com:University Vice President for Student Life E. Royster Harper called the decision to cancel the Friday night showing a "mistake" in a statement.
"The initial decision to cancel the movie was not consistent with the high value the University of Michigan places on freedom of expression and our respect for the right of students to make their own choices in such matters," Harper said. "The movie will be shown at the originally scheduled time and location."
I applaud the authorities at the University for standing up to this crass anti-Americanism. Better late than never.
But it does lead me to ask some questions.
I wonder how many students at Michigan feel unsafe due to the presence of Islamists on campus who are more loyal to their terrorist faith than to American constitutional principles? Would the University even for a moment consider banning Islamist groups and literature from the campus -- much less expelling the Islamists whose ideology is inseparably related to terrorism? Those questions are, of course, rhetorical -- because any student who attempted to make a case for such efforts would likely be expelled from the University or driven fromt eh campus by the forces of "tolerance".
So let me ask my real questions.
How long until the Islamist swine behind this effort to censor American Sniper demand that the university pull American Sniper from the shelves at the library and ban its sale from campus bookstores -- or even its possession on campus at all? How long until they question their safety on campus if American veterans who fought their fellow Islamists are allowed to attend classes beside them? Efforts like those would not surprise me in the least -- or at least would not have surprised me if someone at the University had not grown a spine and decided to show the movie.
Note to the University of Michigan Islamists involved in this censorship effort -- I've not seen American Sniper on screen, nor have I read the book. I don't particularly have an interest in spending a portion of my life doing either. But you had better get used to rhetoric condemning your vile beliefs and your efforts to undermine the freedom of every American. If such push-back makes you feel unsafe, so much the better. Feel free to relocate to one of the areas under control of your fellow Islamists, and prepare to see how unsafe life in a society operated by your fellow Islamists -- ISIS, Boko Haram, al-Qaeda, al-Shabaab -- really is compared to this one where your only real fear is that someone may wound your tender feelings.