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Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Diversity and the Cartoon Riots

The Detroit Free Press is running a story about a MSU mechanical engineering professor, Indrek Wichman, who sent an email to MSU's Muslim Students' Association while they staged a "public awareness event" protesting the Muhammad cartoons. Mr. Wichman's email suggested that Muslims who do not appreciate the values of the West should leave the United States. The text of the message, as reprinted by the Free Press, reads:
Dear Moslem Association: As a professor of Mechanical Engineering here at MSU I intened to protest your protest.

I am offended not by cartoons, but by more mundane things like beheadings of civilians, cowardly attacks on public buildings, suicide murders, murders of Catholic priests (the latest in Turkey!), burnings of Christian chirches, the continued persecution of Coptic Christians in Egypt, the imposition of Sharia law on non-Muslims, the rapes of Scandinavain girls and women (called "whores" in your culture), the murder of film directors in Holland, and the rioting and looting in Paris France.

This is what offends me, a soft-spoken person and academic, and many, many, many of my colleagues. I counsul you dissatisfied, agressive, brutal, and uncivilized slave-trading Moslems to be very aware of this as you proceed with your infantile "protests."

If you do not like the values of the West -- see the 1st Ammendment -- you are free to leave. I hope for God's sake that most of you choose that option. Please return to your ancestral homelands and build them up yourselves instead of troubling Americans.

Cordially, I. S. Wichman, Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Its spelling errors aside, Mr. Wichman's message is courageous, astute, and oh-so-politically-incorrect. It is no surprise that the Muslim Students' Association is calling for an official reprimand of the professor and have met with university officials "several times."
In addition to a reprimand, the student group wants the university to implement diversity training programs for faculty and a mandatory freshman seminar on hate and discrimination. . . . The Michigan chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations also is urging the university to take "appropriate disciplinary" action, saying the e-mail creates a hostile learning environment for students.
As should be expected, the merits of Mr. Wichman's message are not being addressed. Instead, the scare tactics of political-correctness and diversity are being employed to shut the professor up. Although the Free Press did reprint the professor's email, which articulately speaks for itself, the paper did its best to display the grievances of the Muslims. The paper went so far as to associate the professor with a list of other controversal outspoken professors, such as University of Texas biology professor Eric Pianka, who advocated the use of Ebola to kill 90% of the world's population, and University of Colorado professor Ward Churchill, who wrote that the World Trade Center victims were Nazis who deserved their fate. To the university's credit, they have refused to reprimand the professor, stating that his message was within free speech bounds, though they are considering sensitivity training.

For an excellent explanation of how exactly this type of multiculturalism has crippled the West read The West's Last Chance by Tony Blankley, which, although written before the Cartoon Riots, unnervingly begins with a hypothetical in which Europe's Muslims organize riots over Western artwork, scaring all of Europe into compliance. The hypothetical was a chilling prediction. While the first of the Cartoon Riots were initial reactions to the Danish newspapers, the riots which splashed across the international news were spread by informational packets (with cartoons that were not actually printed), shipments of Danish flags for burning, and pyramid scheme text messaging.

Farhan Abdul Azeez, the 20-year-old president of the Muslim Students' Association, says, "There's a bigger problem here of racism and discrimination at Michigan State University. Faculty training and sensitivity training are very important to help prevent future incidents like this from occurring." Prevent what from occurring? The truth? There ought to be a public awareness event about Muslim intolerance.

According to the 18-year-old vice president of the students' association, Maryam Khalil, "The best way to limit or to kind of defuse hate is through education, no doubt." I wonder if they have educated themselves about the deaths caused by the Cartoon Riots or the events spoken of in Mr. Wichman's message. No doubt, the very courageous Mr. Wichman is probably receiving death threats from Muslims for pointing out their hypocrisy.

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