Monday, April 27, 2015

American Sniper Movie Canceled But What About The Book?

Colleges and universities were once beacons of free speech and diversity of opinion, but that must've been a long time ago.

The latest assault on free speech is the cancellation of the movie "American Sniper" at several colleges, including the University of Maryland, Eastern Michigan University, and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York. This doesn't include the campuses where the film was protested while shown.

From the Huffington Post:
"I consider veterans and our military to be the real terrorists," Umraan Syed, president of the Illinois school's Muslim Student Association, wrote on its Facebook page.
From Breitbart:
The Muslim Students Association at the University of Maryland started a petition requesting that the school pull the screening of American Sniper. In the petition, the group stated that the film “perpetuates the spread of Islamaphobia and is offensive to many Muslims around the world for good reason.”
After all the criticism Maryland received over this, apparently the movie will now be shown May 4.

The movie "American Sniper" is based on the bestselling book, "American Sniper"

The libraries at the colleges showing the movie own the book. Somewhere in the neighborhood of 3,000 libraries (college, public, government, corporate) across the US own copies as well. I'm wondering if Muslims outraged by the movie plan protests at 3,000 libraries, or if the libraries will withdraw the book if anyone complains about it.

The library profession makes a big deal every year of promoting the list of books that were once banned somewhere at some time for whatever reason. I haven't heard if the movie industry publishes a similar list.

The lack of respect for differing opinions isn't restricted to just a movie on a few campuses, but is endemic throughout colleges. 9 out of every 10 professors is a political liberal. Students are admitted into colleges based on race (and the right one at that!) rather than test scores and such.

Who restores free speech and intellectual diversity to colleges, and rids them of the plague of political correctness? Certainly not the presidents and administrators of the most respected institutions, such as the Ivy League schools, which seem more the problem than the solution.

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