But Wait! There's More!: No Free Speech At SFSU

This story starts with an “anti-terrorism rally” held last October on campus by the College Republicans. To emphasize their point, students stomped on Hezbollah and Hamas flags. According to the college paper, the Golden Gate (X)Press, members of Students Against War and the International Socialist Organization showed up to call the Republicans “racists,” (I love it! The tried and true way to end debate! Just call them racists, or homophobes, or Islamophobes! Debate over!) while the president of the General Union of Palestinian Students accused the Repubs of spreading false information about Muslims.

In November, the Associated Students board passed a unanimous resolution, which the (X)Press reported, denounced the California Republicans for “hateful religious intolerance” and criticized those who “pre-meditated the stomping of the flags knowing it would offend some people and possibly incite violence.”

Now you know that there are students who are opposed to desecrating flags on campus — that is, if the flags represent terrorist organizations.

But wait — there’s more. A student filed a complaint with the Office of Student Programs and Leadership Development. OSPLD Director Joey Greenwell wrote to the College Republicans informing them that his office had completed an investigation of the complaint and forwarded the report to the Student Organization Hearing Panel, which will adjudicate the charge. At issue is the charge that College Republicans had walked on “a banner with the world ‘Allah’ written in Arabic script” — it turns out Allah’s name is incorporated into Hamas and Hezbollah flags — and “allegations of attempts to incite violence and create a hostile environment,” as well as “actions of incivility.”

At an unnamed date, the student panel could decide to issue a warning to, suspend or expel the GOP club from campus. ...

The university’s response? Spokesperson Ellen Griffin told me, “The university stands behind this process.”

And: “I don’t believe the complaint is about the desecration of the flag. I believe that the complaint is the desecration of Allah.”


Paul Hue said...

Six: So if I smash you in the mouth with a baseball bat, it's OK as long as you "incited" me. All I have to do in order to avoid assault charges is figure out something that you have stepped on which has "offended" me.

I am one of the world's greatest advocates of burning the US flag. I assume that many of these "offended" people would support the right of people in a free USA to purchase US flags and burn them in public, and would oppose permitting "offended" people to commit violent acts against "offensive" flag-burners.

Paul Hue said...

Can't wait to hear from those who opposed Rudi Gulianni for withdrawing city funding from an art show that displayed either a dung Mary or a piss Jesus (I forget which).

I hope that some courageous students will create and burn images of Mohammad, and perhaps stage a reenactment of "The Passion of Muhammad's Pre-Teen Wife".

I further hope that perhaps the same students will ridicule Jesus, perhaps by performing "The Circumcision of the Christ".

We must remember that there does exist some retarded christians here in the US, who might want to punish those who make fun of Jesus H. Christ. Let's offend 'em all.