March 14, 2017

Triggered students protest Danish journalist who published Muhammad cartoons

StaffRebel Columnist

When free speech advocate Flemming Rose was at Franklin & Marshall College to talk about his new book, “Tyranny of Silence: How One Cartoon Ignited a Global Debate on the Future of Free Speech” he was confronted by a group of protesting students.

In 2005 Rose published cartoons of Muhammad cartoons in the newspaper Jyllands-Posten. Muslims rioted in the streets as a result.

On March 2 when Rose was scheduled to speak at the college, he was greeted by students who didn't want him to speak at all.

In an email to The College Fix, Rose said “There was a loud protest outside the auditorium before my talk, around 30 people.”

“They held posters and one of them showed Kurt Westergaard’s cartoon of the prophet with a bomb in his turban on her smartphone, which to me seems a little bizarre. Why show the cartoon if you find it so offensive,” he added. “The Q&A started in a hostile atmosphere, but as we went through the session it was my sense that everybody calmed down a bit, there were no boohs or interruptions, quite civilized but tense – and that’s the way to manage disagreements.”

Prior to the visit, Matthew Hoffman, the associate professor of Judaic Studies and History and chair of the college’s Judaic Studies Program who invited Rose to speak, was told by colleagues that the invite was a “bad idea”.

He wrote in the campus paper that he was confronted by students who “expressed feeling threatened and unsafe” at inviting someone who contributes “ever-increasing feelings of vulnerability, marginalization, and fear for our safety” to school.

Hoffman told The College Fix in an email that “one protester contacted me directly, apologizing for his role in the protest, realizing that the protesters were themselves exercising their free speech, but maintaining that it was a bad idea to invite him in the first place.”

And he isn't backing down. “My commitment to free speech is similar to Rose’s. I see a fundamental separation between words and deeds, though one can at times influence the other. As someone from the libertarian left, I believe fully in the universal right to free speech, free expression, and the free exchange of ideas,” he added.

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commented 2017-03-14 18:12:45 -0400
Willful blindness leads to suppressing the truth at all costs. We are being lied to every day by our government; and they expect us not to notice and object to the seditious acts of Trudeau and his minions.
commented 2017-03-14 18:10:10 -0400
I’m sure Ezzra has been watched for over 10 years now, ever since the HRC Kangaroo court drug him through the coals. Must be shitty looking over your shoulder for the rest of your life.

Big tough “Religion of Peace”. Absolute freak out over some cartoons. Barbaric screeching Imams and a murderous faux prophet pedophile to look up to. And they can’t even handle a cartoon.. But death to the Jews and Christians….all good. Thanks a bunch, Justin.
commented 2017-03-14 16:44:34 -0400
They ultimately want to silence Jews and Christians. Once free speech is gone, then the slaughter of those they disagree with will begin.
commented 2017-03-14 16:30:51 -0400
Every newspaper, every website, every billboard.
Publish this cartoon EVERY DAY, until they understand
that we will NEVER BACK DOWN.
commented 2017-03-14 14:48:51 -0400
If only these snowflakes could look ahead a few years and grasp how their opposition to free speech of those of whom they disagree now will cause them problems in the future.

Once freedom of speech is curtailed for some, it can be applied to anyone later. If you start the ball rolling, it is next to impossible to stop it.

These snowflakes will later realize freedom of speech will be applied to them, too.

Who wants to live in an oppressive Sharia Theocracy? Show of hands, please!
commented 2017-03-14 14:36:37 -0400
Since 9/11 – IN THE NAME OF ISLAM (SATAN): 32,965 Attacked, 211,409 Killed, 295,445 Injured that we know of.