How campus speech codes silence the pro-Israel community

Demonstrators protest at Brandeis University against former US president Jimmy Carter’s book about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Reuters.

The infamous Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) campaigns and “apartheid week” displays on college campuses are not the only threat to Jewish students. A much greater threat looms: the inability for students to publicly defend their beliefs. While universities claim to be havens of open debate and intellectual curiosity, they are in reality black holes of political correctness.

On campus, only certain ideas are worthy of consideration and Zionism is definitely not one of them. This culture doesn’t just threaten members of the Jewish community, who are terrified to challenge those who accuse Israel of the most heinous crimes. Rather, it threatens all of us who value free speech and its ability to encourage criticism, debate, and original thought on college campuses.

While speech codes are thought to be a thing of the 90s, the truth is that college students today are facing the most serious threats to their civil liberties. From “trigger warnings” to “free speech zones,” universities are slowly training students to become hypersensitive and incapable of deviating from ideologies that are in vogue…

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  • ontario john

    Its no secret that leftists and islam control speech and thought at Canadian universities. Even some liberal media types recognize this. And the few Canadian Christian universities and colleges are under pressure to conform to acceptable viewpoints, like Trinity Western over the gay issue.

  • DavidinNorthBurnaby

    How far out there does one have to be to be “offended” (how I hate that word) by anything out of Dhimmi Carter ffs? smh

  • Alain

    These are the brown shirts of the new Nazism: Islam. The Left generally deplores Nazism, wrongly claiming it was a right-wing ideology but still denouncing the purging of Gypsies, Jews and homosexuals. Yet Islam carries out exactly the same purges daily across the globe and like the old Nazis seeks to exterminate all non believers and dissenters along with the Jews, homosexuals and non Muslims. The West has learned nothing about the evils of Nazism, since it is now turning a blind eye and deaf ear to the resurrection of the same evil wearing different cloths. Worse is that the West is accepting the invasion of hordes of these same Nazis within their own countries and there are plenty of domestic brown shirts paving the way for a full totalitarian take-over.

    • Minicapt

      … more akin to Mao’s Red Guards.

      Cheers

      • Alain

        I can go with brown shirts or Red Guards, but I agree Red Guards is probably more appropriate here.

      • Frau Katze

        I can easily see them as Red Guards.

  • Hard Little Machine

    Universities are corporations.Nothing will change until you hurt then financially.

    • David Murrell

      Well put. The best way is to write to the president, and tell them one will not contribute to their fundraising efforts, until the anti-Semitic acts are stopped.

  • David Murrell

    Ah, Brandeis University. Which brings me to a BCF post of about a year ago, when the once-Jewish university pulled an invitation to invite Ayaan Hirsi Ali — a human rights proponent and a critic of Islam — from receiving an honorary degree there:
    http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2014/04/10/ayaan-hirsi-ali-victim-honor-killing-brandeis-style.

    I sent a sharply worded e-mail to various Brandies officials, accusing them of racism and pro-Islamist conduct. What happened was a young woman from that university’s “human rights” department surfed my “Disqus” comments at this BCF site, cherry picking my more controversial comments (let’s admit that we do make toughly-worded comments here), and then mailed these comments to my university’s administration. The vice-president academic got a letter, and sent it off to my acting dean. He took me into his office and gave me a mild scolding over this. I held my ground, but agreed to take my university designation off of my Disqus description, but said that I would continue with my BCF postings. I will mention that, after that meeting, I secured union representation — and having a union rep chilled any further administration intimidation against me.

    The thing is is how anti-human rights these quack “human rights” organizations are, at universities. They go beyond being anti-Semitic and anti-Israel, to opposing decent human rights proponents, like Ayaan Hirsi Ali.

  • MattBracken

    We were out at a Mexican restaurant last night after church, and there was a TV up in the corner showing the Virginia-Miami game. I was amazed to see that UVA is undefeated in basketball so far this season. I think during my time at UVA their combined football and basketball records were pretty terrible. But the honor code was a rock-solid foundation, and we were proud that UVA did not admit total moron jocks.

    The UVA-Miami game and the rape hoax fiasco inspired this meme.

    How the rape-hoax liar and the UVA president have not been expelled from the Grounds of Thomas Jefferson’s University for Honor Code violations is beyond my comprehension.

  • imnokuffar

    It will the sheer craziness of the ideologies underpinning PC, Multicult, Frankfurt school and Common Purpose that are their eventual undoing.

    Put simply.

    They are mad as hatters and will be seen through when increasing numbers of people see the consequences of these self obsessed, narcissistic, stupid scumbags.