It just happened again: two large universities were intellectually terrorized by an activist Muslim organization — a kind of Muslim Anti-Defamation League — and were somehow convinced it would be a bad thing to show a documentary movie about Islam’s horrendous attitude toward and treatment of women.
Here’s the beginning of the story from Jerry Coyne’s Why Evolution is True:
The film gives a platform to exclusively female voices and seeks to expose the paralyzing political correctness that prevents many from identifying, understanding and addressing this international human rights disaster. Freedom of movement, the right to education, forced marriage, and female genital mutilation are some of the systematic abuses explored in depth.
Spurred by the Arab Spring, women who were once silent are starting to speak out about gender inequality and are bringing visibility to a long history of oppression. This project draws together leading women’s rights activists and provides a platform where their voices can be heard and serves as inspiration to motivate others to speak out.
Here’s Jerry’s whole piece on it: Muslims shut down university screenings of film about Islam and women « Why Evolution Is True.
What it going on out there in the Groves of America’s Academe? We all need to ask Brandeis, U of Michigan and U of Illinois, because the quaking in their boots is a bad, bad sign for the rest of this country, especially for us women.
What the universities should have done — hey, just in the interests of free speech and expression, if nothing else — is to show the damn film and let protesters protest.
Open debate on opposing points of view. Isn’t that part of what universities are supposed to be promoting?