Young America's Foundation Letter About the GW Poster Affair:
It's online; I quote the text:
Seven students at your institution falsely attributed the "Hate Muslims? So Do We!!" fliers to The George Washington University chapter of Young America's Foundation.When the fliers initially surfaced you said, "There is no place for expressions of hatred on our campus. We do not condone, and we will not tolerate the dissemination of fliers or other documents that vilify any religious, ethnic or racial group."
We agree. Vicious personal attacks levied on students are intolerable, and should not go
unpunished. The question remains: what will you do about such blatant character
assassination now that the truth is out? How will you demonstrate that you don't
"condone" or "tolerate" the dissemination of hate?
To be clear, liberal radicals on your campus accused conservative students of engaging in
racist activities, and to buttress those baseless claims, these same radicals manufactured
actual racist activities to pin on the young conservatives.
Student Association Executive Vice President Brand Kroeger told the GW Hatchet that
he "would support expulsion. These acts are completely heinous." Again, we agree with
this statement if Kroeger believes it is the job of The George Washington University to
protect the reputation of students who are wrongfully maligned. In an open letter to you,
the culprits admit to distorting the views of the conservatives on campus. They wrote,
"We want to reach out to our Muslim brothers and sisters in the Holy Month of Ramadan
in hopes that they will embrace our misrepresented, but honorable stand against racism" (emphasis added).
There is, of course, a clear difference between ordinary Muslims who positively
contribute to society and radical Jihadists who boast about murdering people
indiscriminately. It's a typical left-wing tactic, however, to just call names, such as
"racist," rather than engage in a serious debate, in this case, over radical Islam. Only the intellectually deficient revert to such slanderous attacks.
The seven who put up the phony fliers are frauds.
You should issue an apology to the conservatives unfairly targeted. It was obvious that
the fliers were spreading lies, but your administration, led by Bridgette Behling -- the
assistant director of the Student Activities Center -- sent emails to the young conservatives pressuring them to sign statements disavowing any hate speech that may originate at any future Young America's Foundation event.
That's astonishing. Maybe she forgot that the presumption of innocence is an American
hallmark? Or maybe your administration should pressure leftist groups to sign statements
disavowing any future dirty tricks on conservatives?
The political profiling of conservatives MUST stop. You need to organize a forum
immediately that embraces intellectual diversity and denounces the Left's attempts to
create hostile learning environments for conservatives. The campus leftists wrote that
Young America's Foundation "should not [be] allow[ed]" to host conservative speakers.
These seven students are trying to squelch robust dialogue and free speech. We believe
this to be the goal of their scheme. As president of The George Washington University,
we hope that you will create an atmosphere where all students, including conservatives,
Don't waste the opportunity.
A little too much umbrage, it seems to me, given that the poster was pretty clearly a satire, rather than an attempt to deceive. On the other hand, some critics of the Foundation indeed seem to have been deceived, and did indeed think that conservative students were accusing Muslims of having "lasers in eyes" and "peg-leg[s] for smuggling children and heroin," on a poster labeled "Brought to you by Students for Conservative-Fascism Awareness." Oy.
Thanks to the Washington Times for putting the letter online.
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