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March 29, 2006

NYU Caves On Cave Dwellers Protests and Threats

NYU's Surrender Underscores Need to Display Danish Cartoons

Irvine, CA--"In a seemingly mundane decision, New York University has sacrificed the principle underlying its flourishing and the survival of civilization--free speech," said Dr. Yaron Brook of the Ayn Rand Institute. NYU is refusing to protect a student group's right to display the Danish cartoons of Mohammad at a panel discussion on free speech on March 29.

The group's event was to be open to the public, but at the last minute NYU retreated. Under the pretense of maintaining campus security, the administration contradicted its own stated policy on free speech by requiring that, if the cartoons are displayed, the event be limited only to "members of the NYU community." The student group now must turn away more than 150 members of the public who had planned to attend the panel.

"The university's shameful appeasement of Muslim and anti-free-speech groups--which have vowed to protest the event--underscores the urgent need to display the cartoons in defense of freedom of speech," said Dr. Brook.
"Free speech protects the rational mind: it is the freedom to think, to reach conclusions and express one's views without fear of coercion of any kind. And it must include the right to express unpopular and offensive views, including outright criticism of religion. NYU--which like other universities grants tenure to protect intellectual freedom--ought to recognize the crucial importance of this principle and defend it.
"If intimidation and threats are allowed to compel writers, cartoonists, thinkers and institutions of learning into self-censorship, the right to free speech is lost. If Muslims are allowed to pressure critics of Islam into silence, critics of religion will be next. And then everyone else."

Panel Discussion on the Danish Cartoons

Panelists: Peter Schwartz, former chairman of the Board of Directors of the Ayn Rand Institute and author of The Foreign Policy of Self-Interest: A Moral Ideal for America; Greg Lukianoff, president of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education; Andrew Bostom, author of The Legacy of Jihad: Islamic Holy War and the Fate of Non-Muslims; and Jonathan Leaf, New York Press editor who resigned over his paper's decision not to publish the Danish cartoons.

Moderator: Dr. Harry Binswanger, professor of philosophy and member of the Board of Directors of the Ayn Rand Institute.

What is planned: (1) A display of the controversial Danish cartoons depicting Mohammad. (2) A panel discussion and Q & A on the meaning of the worldwide reaction to the cartoons.

Where: New York University, 60 Washington Square South at NYU Kimmel Center, Eisner and Lubin Auditorium (4th Floor), NY, NY 10012

When: March 29, 2006, 7 to 10 PM

Wild Thing's comment....

Every time we give in to the demands of Muslims, either our country or institutions within our Nation, we give more credibility to their sick, perverted death cult. Our Veterans know well the cost of our freedom and we must show them we will not throw it away because of pressure of political correctness or threats from an enemy that seek revenge for cartoons or for our not being Muslim.

* Michelle Malikin

Posted by Wild Thing at March 29, 2006 12:35 AM

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Please do not expect courage and honesty out of our institutions of "higher learning". Outside the halls of Congress and the board rooms of MSM, the offices of deans are probably the most dishonest and cowardly.

Posted by: TomR at March 29, 2006 07:53 AM

Hi Tom you sure are right, thanks for a great post about this.

Posted by: Wild Thing at March 29, 2006 10:03 AM

WT, this is what we can expect from the extremist tenured faculty at all our universities who spend every waking moment poisoning the minds of our children. They hide behind the cloak of being tenured and push anti-American and anti-patriotic agendas. We needn't look any further than Ward Churchill for proof.

Posted by: Jack at March 29, 2006 11:48 AM

Hi Jack you are right, Ward Churchill is a perfect example of this. Thank you.

Posted by: Wild Thing at March 29, 2006 06:11 PM

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