Muslims get special consideration and a Harvard graduate is sick and tired of it.
She suggests a wildly inappropriate manner of protesting. But even she doesn’t think it’s a good idea.
From Fox News:
by Emily Boyd Walker
Imagine the scene: Cambridge, Mass., on a crisp, sunny spring day, with Commencement just around the corner.
With over 200 girls still kidnapped in the forests of Nigeria by the Islamist terror organization Boko Haram, I decide to exercise my right to free speech and peaceful protest against extremism by urging classmates to pray toward Mecca five times in one day in Harvard Yard.
Here’s the twist – we aren’t Muslim, and we don’t believe in the teachings of the Prophet Muhammad.
Nope, I’ll be urging my fellow protesters to buck Islamic law and show up in lingerie (as people did at Harvard’s recent Black Mass, a poke in the eye to the Catholic requirement that shoulders and knees be covered in a church), bearing pork sandwiches as sustenance for the long day ahead.
For good measure, I’ll be passing out fliers explaining how some forms of Islam endanger women’s rights. I will also be tweeting #BringBackOurGirls from my prayer mat, flying in the face of Islamic code (a prayer mat can’t be open unless you’re praying on it).
Is it my right to do so? Yes, on public property. But Harvard is a private institution. Should I do it? Absolutely not. Whether it’s private or public property. I said it. Especially, on private grounds that people pay to learn on, some things just shouldn’t be allowed.
Would Harvard support me and would the Muslim community acknowledge that the protest is my right? As a former Harvard undergraduate student, I doubt it. I think Harvard would do everything in its power to impede my protest, just as it did everything in its power, beginning in 2008, to bar men from Harvard gyms at certain hours to accommodate Muslim women, who said it was “problematic” to exercise around men.
If I were to plan a protest denigrating Islam, Harvard – an institution that has received millions of dollars from Muslim donors (and an institution where Muslims pay to learn) – would ban it. I actually do think Harvard would ban my pork-and-lingerie prayer time, even though it did not ban the Black Mass. Supporting Islam is trendier than supporting Christianity right now, and not supporting Islam has far deadlier consequences than not supporting Christianity.
And while President Faust strongly condemned the anti-Catholic ritual, we can’t know what’s happening inside Harvard classrooms. I was in many where my adherence to Catholicism was questioned (or even mocked) with ire that would never be directed at a Muslim. And forget questioning Islamic law – you’d quickly make enemies of many professors and classmates.
Sadly, in so many college classrooms across America, only Christianity is up for intellectual debate (mostly centered on many denominations’ lack of support for same-sex marriage). At least, when I was at Harvard in 2011, Sharia Law was not up for discussion – it was seen merely as a cultural difference.
We’re living in a world where Black Masses aren’t blocked, but activist Ayaan Hirsi Ali is blocked from receiving an honorary degree at Brandeis University for speaking out against extremist Islam. If American colleges continue their tolerance of intolerance, the latter will quickly overpower the former.
Emily Boyd Walker is a Fact Writer in the Fox News Brainroom. She graduated from Harvard College with honors in her major in 2011.
She has a point: tolerance of intolerance for opposing views is shameful, and threatens free speech and peaceful assembly–hallmarks of American freedoms.
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