Before we leave the topic of the ravages of political correctness and the excessive fear of grievance bullies, let’s pause to ask the administrators of Washington University in St. Louis…What’s wrong with you?
On October 30, several students posted a photo (that’s it on the left) on Facebook costumed as three U.S. soldiers pointing super-soakers at another student dressed as Osama bin Laden, with a fifth student holding a large American flag as a backdrop. Several things are not in doubt. 1. This was a Halloween stunt. 2. Osama bin Laden masks and costumes have been relatively common since Halloween 2002, as have been all historical villains in U.S. history since Halloween became a tradition. 3. There is nothing wrong with that. 4. An Osama bin Laden costume is in no way, shape or form an insult to Muslims. 5. Osama bin Laden himself was an insult to Muslims.
Notwithstanding all this, a typical grievance bully on campus named Mahroh Jahangiri, was determined to flex her muscles on behalf of her religion and make innocent fellow-students knuckle under and bow to her will. Maybe she thought they’d even let her speak at the next Democratic national convention, who knows? She posted a screen shot of the photo on her website, and wrote,
“This photo makes a costume of the lives of the thousands of civilian Muslim men who have been murdered during our ‘War on Terror’ and the countless others who have been mutilated, robbed, and stabbed to death in hate crimes across the United States. This is disgusting and cannot be tolerated on this campus. There are very few Muslim students on this campus, and our voice is not loud enough. For those of you who had not heard of this until now, now you have. What are we going to do to change this?”
The proper way to handle this would have been for the student body and others to put her firmly in her place for a demented rant that is unequivocally anti-American, and mark her as a hysteric with a perspective that would be generous to call “warped.” Is Osama bib Laden, the murderer of innocent Americans, now a legitimate representation of all Muslim men? Great, thanks, good to know and information we can use. “Countless” Muslims have been mutilated, robbed, and stabbed to death in hate crimes across the United States” ? What is that countless number, and where’s your justification for slandering your country and fellow citizens ?
The student’s objection is about as persuasive as a German-American objecting to students mocking Hitler on Halloween in 1946, which is to say, not at all. The current President of the United States repeatedly boasted about his role in killing bin Laden, and used that boast as a campaign asset. Yet five grinning students re-enacting the event with colorful super-soakers on Halloween is “aggressive (and apparently violent) Islamophobia”? Get some help, grow up, shut up, and leave us alone. You’re the offensive one here, not them.
So, naturally, the administrators of Washington University sided with her 100%.
In a statement signed by Chancellor Mark S. Wrighton, Provost H. Holden Thorp and Vice Chancellor for Students Sharon Stahl, the college’s leaders declared that were “disappointed and saddened” over the incident, and was “looking into the posting of the photo.”
“Whatever the intention, the image has offended and hurt members of our community. The image also is entirely inconsistent with who we are as an institution, our values and the way in which we engage in the world around us,” it said in part. Also naturally, the campus’ Muslim Students Association was planning an open forum Thursday night to discuss the issue.
“Who we are,” in the case of those who run the university, are apparently cowardly, confused, un-American, foolish, and lacking common sense as well as proportion, and exactly the kind of pusillanimous officials that allow hysterics, power-mongers, race-baiters and outliers to strangle free speech and logic on campuses and everywhere else.
If I were a student, I’d leave. Nobody can get a useful education jaw-droppingly silly leadership.cation in such an incompetently run institution, with such incompetent leadership. Leave Washington University in St. Louis to Muslims who think American college students should avoid offending those who identify with terrorists.