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Protests Planned at GMU Law for Anti-Islam Speaker

by ARLnow.com — October 5, 2011 at 11:36 am 3,973 123 Comments

(Updated at 1:40 p.m.) A number of groups, including the Council on American-Islamic Relations, the Arab Law Students Association and the American Constitution Society, will be participating in an “anti-hate” protest at the George Mason University School of Law in Virginia Square tonight.

The groups will be protesting a speaking engagement at the school by Nonie Darwish, an Egyptian-American author and speaker who has brought her anti-Islam, pro-Israel message to numerous college campuses in the U.S. and abroad. Critics call Darwish a “radical anti-Muslim Islamophobe” and point to a recent video of her speaking at a protest in Florida as evidence.

“Islam is a poison to a society. It’s divisive. It’s hateful… It’s full of anti-Semitism,” Darwish said in the video. “Because Islam should be feared, and should be fought, and should be conquered, and defeated, and annihilated, and it’s going to happen… Islam is based on lies and it’s not based on the truth. I have no doubt whatsoever that Islam is going to be destroyed.”

Darwish, who is particularly critical of Islam’s treatment of women and minorities, was invited to speak at the school by the GMU student chapter of the Federalist Society and the Jewish Law Students Association. The controversy over her invitation has attracted attention from the popular Above the Law blog and a blog called “LoonWatch.”

GMU law dean Daniel Polsby was even compelled to weigh in on the controversy. In an email, Polsby told students that “the law school will not exercise editorial control over the words of speakers invited by student organizations, nor will we take responsibility for them, nor will we endorse or condemn them.”

“Sometimes speakers are invited who are known to espouse controversial points of view,” Polsby wrote. “Just as speakers are free to speak, protesters are free to protest.”

The protests are scheduled to start at 4:00 p.m. at Hazel Hall, Room 225, at 3301 N. Fairfax Drive. The speech by Darwish is scheduled to take place at 5:00 p.m., and is open to GMU law students only.

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  • Qbert

    All religion is stupid, all they do is cause war, hatred and extremism.

    • Z

      Killing in the name of…

    • InTheMinority

      I believe religions provide an overall good moral compass, however, the extremes of any belief system be it a religion, brotherhood, cult, political group are what spark the chaos we see today. There are sensible people of religion and there are sensible atheists and together these people should be running the world.

      • Reality Bites

        Sam Harris, Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Christopher Hitchens, Richard Dawkins. Look them up if you don’t know about them. Listen to their views on Islam. This cult has already destroyed many societies of their freedoms where ever it goes. Once, I was an apologist for Islam thinking that it’s similar to other religions , and people don’t understand it properly. But I have come to realize it is the core islamic ideology which is the problem. Read the life of prophet muhammed to find out more. One such example from Quran
        “Mohammed is God’s apostle. Those who follow him are ruthless to the unbeliever­s but merciful to one another” Quran 48:29

    • R.Griffon

      “[Organized religion] is a poison to a society. It’s divisive. It’s hateful… It’s full of anti-[humanism],” Darwish said in the video. “Because [organized religion] should be feared, and should be fought, and should be conquered, and defeated, and annihilated, and it’s going to happen… [Organized religion] is based on lies and it’s not based on the truth. I have no doubt whatsoever that [organized religion] is going to be destroyed.”

      FTFY

  • Proud GMUSL Alum

    Thank you, Dean Polsby, for having a spine.

  • Your Mom

    Good for her. Nerds….Nerds….Nerds….

  • Larchmont

    Islam doesn’t give equal rights to women and minorities?

    • thatundergrad

      Man… how I miss the good ol’ days when women and black people couldn’t vote…. oh, oh and how about that one time when we enslaved the Africans and forced them to work in our cotton feilds? Man…. Just what Jesus would have done.

  • UnlimitedCustoms

    Why would the “American Constitution Society” protest this? Seems like a simple First Amendment issue?

    • BF

      Because it doesn’t fit in with their “progressive” agenda, even though the ACS web site states “But as we all know, the First Amendment protects speech regardless of the popularity of its content or its messenger.” The “C” in ACS is really their view of what it should be rather than what it says.

      • novasteve

        Can I take a wild guess the ACS, like the ACLU, doesn’t ever fight for the second amendment?

        • Aaron

          Bad guess. The ACS is just the left-wing imitation of the Federalist Society. They don’t stand for anything except supporting the views that are already dominant in their school’s administration and faculty lounge.

        • Sam

          Novasteve, where would you get a silly idea like that? What about ACLU going after the Florida Supreme Court to restore Robert Weinstein’s second amendment rights after the Sheriff’s Office illegally took his firearms and refuses to return them?

          What about ACLU going after the City of New Orleans after it confiscated Errol Houston’s legally owned firearms?

          Stop making stuff up, please.

          • Josh S

            Well said and thanks for providing some facts.

            Novasteve’s comments imply perhaps that the second amendment is the most important? Because even if the American Civil Liberties Union had never pursued a case involving the second amendment, wouldn’t their work in support of our other rights still make them worthy of support and respect? If not, why not?

    • drax

      But which part of the First Amendment, speech or religious freedom?

    • Thomas Jefferson

      > Why would the “American Constitution Society” protest this? Seems like a simple First Amendment issue?

      Because they have a Constitutional right to.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I-4QIvygFmc&list=PLC42E7A6E57881EF7&index=1 Religiphobe

    I happen to think she’s right. However, in my mind, she doesn’t go far enough. All religions are dumb. And dangerous.

    If you want to believe in the Tooth Fairy because you’re scared to die, you absolutely have that right. I also have the right to say it’s dumb.

    I’m grateful to live in a society where we are free to believe in made-up fairies and gods. And, I’m extremely grateful I’m free to point out how wrong those people are.

    Thank you to Dean Polsby for not getting in the way of a good discussion.

    • G

      +100

      • Reality Bites

        +200

    • Cookie Monster

      Remember, you too have to go one day. What if you find yourself answerable for your disbelief after that? … who you gonna call?

      • CO Transplant

        Religiphobe’s answer:
        I’m pretty darn comfortable with my answer. Of course, it would depend on what the question is, and who’s asking.

        I think my disbelief is the most reasonable conclusion given the facts. Didn’t god give us reason? He/she would want us to use that “gift”, no? Do you have any magical facts the rest of us don’t?

        If so, you should share them. No fair hogging magic.

        • Cookie Monster

          Yes, God gave us reason. He also said that there are things beyond our comprehension. And that we should follow certain commandments. What do we do? We think we know everything and try to “reason” based on that!

          This is no magic but simple question of do we believe the revelation came from God? We have no reason or proof to say it did not.

          • Poker

            So what you’re saying you can’t prove a negative. Brilliant. Not being able to prove something doesn’t exist is not much of a basis for saying it thereby HAS to exist.

          • G

            We have no reason or proof to say it did not come from the Flying Spaghetti Monster either.

          • Cookie Monster

            Sure, you are absolutely correct. That is why we then have to rely on our power of reason. Why would Flying Spaghetty Monster do such a thing? I use my faculty to reason out that the scripture is as it is claimed to be. If we claim that the scripture is fictitious then we would have to ask, why would someone just make it up? What benefit is there in it for him? None is the answer. If we try to solve a crime we look at the motives etc. This is the power of reason that I am talking about..

          • G

            Control… isn’t that what religion has always been about?

          • Cookie Monster

            Control… what control are we talking about when the scripture itself tells the believer not to come under control of any other human being but just put your trust in me, the God! The holy book of Quran is very clear on that.

          • G

            If you relied on “our power of reason” you would realize how incredibly improbable the existence of a God is.

          • G

            Religious leaders use religion to control their followers… for power, and for money.

          • Cookie Monster

            Anyone can claim to be a “religious leader” and con people out of money. This ability of conning people out of money is not restricted to religions only, happens in all segments of our society. The Prophet who brought this holy book never asked for a penny from anyone. In fact, he was promised the “sun and the moon” by those in authority who wanted him to stop preaching. See…it just doesn’t make any sense.

            I agree with you statement ” If you relied on “our power of reason” you would realize how incredibly improbable the existence of a God is.” But I also believe our power of reason has its limitation as mentioned in the Quran. I accept that. There are things in nature that are well beyond our comprehension, why not accept that?

          • Pastafarian

            Why would someone make it up? For the same reason anyone invents gods, to explain something they don’t understand. It can even be well-intentioned. However it doesn’t mean that it’s divine, or even true.

          • CO Transplant

            People have been on the earth at least 100,000 years. If your god really existed, 96,600 years came and went while your “god” looked on with indifference, while the infant mortality rate was appalling, starvation was common-place and for most of that time, average life expectancy for humans was estimated at around 25 years.

            To admit that your god looked down for 96,000 years on human suffering with total indifference, makes him an incomprehensible monster.

            I won’t worship someone like that. I’d rise up and resist that vindictive s.o.b.

          • Cookie Monster

            @CO…how do you know God was not engaged in those 96,000 years? Would you agree that the present world we live in provides us ample means for our sustenance? If that is the case, then whatever God did in those 96,000 years worked. Right?

          • drax

            Whatever happened, God did it. Fine, Cookie, but that doesn’t say what he did. He could have done all kinds of things that aren’t in the Bible or Koran. He’s God, he can do what he wants, even what you think he can’t or won’t.

          • John Fontain

            “If we claim that the scripture is fictitious then we would have to ask, why would someone just make it up? What benefit is there in it for him? None is the answer.”

            Why did Joseph Smith, founder of the Mormom church, claim in the late 1820′s to have found gold plates in the side of a hill in New York that were written in Egyptian and contained the word of God (and that he would translate into English for what is now the Book of Mormom).

            What benefit was in it for him? Maybe it was easier money to start a church than to sucker people into believing he could find them treasure using seer stones (his prior ‘occupation’). Maybe he just wanted people to follow him. Who knows why he made it up.

            But to suggest that people don’t have a motivation to make up stuff regarding god and religion is naive. Just look at the untold riches brought to L. Ron Hubbard when he created his religion, Scientology in the 1950′s.

            The only difference between these more modern creations and any other religion is simply the passage of time.

          • John Fontain

            Sorry, ‘Mormon.’

          • R.Griffon

            Of course. There is obviously NO motivation to make up a story about god, because nobody would ever use such a thing to try to control other people, or to tell them how to act or even think. They’d never use such a thing to try to make themselves rich and powerful. And they absolutely, positively wouldn’t use such a story in order to comfort themselves in the face of so many unknowns in the world, chief amongst them what happens to one after death.

            Nope. Nobody’s interested in any of that. And that’s probably why you don’t see every single culture since the beginning of recorded history inventing their own stories about god(s), creation, and the meaning of it all. Nope. Just that one story written by that one person that one time.

            And it’s all true, b/c they had no other possible motivation.

          • Henry

            Not exactly a great movie, but go watch “The Invention of Lying”.

          • Josh S

            Uhhhhhhhh, to gain power over other people? To develop a story to help explain a world that was (and still is) VERY mysterious and scary unless you have some way to explain it to yourself? To provide a completely unimpeachable and unreachable third party that can take on blame/credit for all the things that happen in your life that you have no control over? To provide the hopeless and helpless with an outside source of comfort?

            There are a million very reasonable explanations for why humans would (and have) invent religion.

          • Cookie Monster

            @John, yes it is possible. But when we look at the lives of Prophets like Abraham, Moses, Jesus and Mohammad, we do not see any such benefit for them. None of them had the “riches” that you refer to. In fact, they would have benefited more had they renounced their message.

          • drax

            People have all kinds of reasons for making up things. Or actually believing things that aren’t actually real.

            Someone saying something doesn’t make it true, whether it be a prophet or you or me. And someone writing it down in a book doesn’t either.

          • John Fontain

            You are assuming that the stories of the lives of these prophets are true and actually happened as they have been told.

            Joseph Smith said the angel Moroni directed him to the gold tablets. I could likewise ask, “what benefit was in it for Moroni to be a prophet for Joesph Smith” but that would assume there really was a Moroni in the first place, right?

          • R.Griffon

            But those people may or may not even be real. So that’s kind of like asking why Han Solo would ever return to help blow up the Death Star. On the other hand, I can very easily produce a long list of REAL people for whom religion has provided significant power and/or riches.

          • drax

            But how do you know He said those things, Cookie Monster? If there are things beyond comprehension, perhaps God and his desires are one of those things.

          • Cookie Monster

            These are the things that are stated in the scripture. That is how we know it.

          • drax

            But how do you know the scripture is true?

            See where this is going?

          • Cookie Monster

            We use the power of reason to figure that one out…:-)

          • CO Transplant

            Awww… cookie. They said it in the bible/qur’an, so it must be true.

            Seriously? That’s your argument?

            You know how much crazy crap is in those books? Remember the story about Lot offering up his daughters to be raped my an angry mob? Then those daughters getting him crazy drunk so they could rape him?

            Yep – that’s in the bible.

            You want to believe in those collections of fairy tales? Why don’t you still believe in Santa or the Greek mythology.

            I also can’t fathom how you can see the benefit of making this crap up. It has a huge potential for those in power to stay in power and to control and sedate the masses.

            Surely, you can see how bad people have hurt others by using religion, yes?

            And, I’m sorry for calling you Shirley.

          • drax

            But you said all you needed was scripture. Now you’re throwing in reason? But reason needs evidence, and all you have is…scripture. That’s not evidence, that’s just assertion.

          • Cookie Monster

            Pasta, inventions have to have some benefit in mind, right? When scripture tells you that your benefit is in the after-life, one has to wonder why would anyone go through all of the pain to invent something that did not benefit him (in materialistic sense) in this world?

          • Josh S

            “He” said that? Where? When? How?

            Please don’t answer “The Bible.”

      • drax

        I don’t believe in a God who wants me to do what’s right just to hedge my bets and get something for myself later.

  • Glad to be from GMU Law

    Good job, Dean Polsby! Very proud to be from Mason Law today!!

  • Chris

    Pardon me while I slip out of this wet and nasty issue and into a dry martini.

    4 parts Plymouth Dry Gin
    1 part Noilly Prat Dry Vermouth
    5 ice cube
    4 Olives stuffed with smoked Jalapenos

    Add Gin and Vermouth to shaker with ice cubes. Shake with vigor and let sit for 30 seconds, then shake it again with equal gusto. Pour into two martini glasses and add two olives to each. Enjoy them both, who are you trying to kid?

    Add a 2 parts of your favorite unflavored Vodka and make it a Vesper. Also good with a twist of lemon if olives aren’t your bag.

    • si

      Substitute Hendrick’s Gin and I’ll join you. Actually, I’ll join you anyway!

  • drax

    The irony of invoking anti-Semitism.

    (Especially if you know the true meaning of the term “Semite.”)

    • CO Transplant

      Ha! Thanks for that. I didn’t know.

    • Aaron

      I’d say the protestors are hysterical over nothing but then you’d point out that some of them are male, wouldn’t you?

    • thatundergrad

      Like, +1, star, heart, kudos, and whatever else I can positively give you.

  • John Fontain

    That video was ultra-edited. I’d like to here her remarks in the proper context. Based on the description of “Arabs for Israel” on wikipedia, I can’t say I disagree with her…

    “Arabs for Isreal” is composed of ethnic Arabs and Muslims who respect and support the State of Israel, welcome a peaceful and diverse Middle East, reject suicide terrorism as a form of Jihad, and promote constructive self-criticism and reform in the Arab/Muslim world.”

    Do the people who think she is a ‘loon’ want the opposite (a nonpeaceful Middle East, suicide terrorism, etc.)?

    • CO Transplant

      Wow. Arabs for Isreal sound like a bunch of nuts to me.

      A peaceful and diverse Middle East?! Hard to imagine? Easy if you try.

      I’m going to rely on (put my “faith” into) reason and rational thought – people can pray to the hippie in the sky if they want. I believe we can solve our problems. As difficult and complex as they may be.

      “I heard that there was trouble in the neighborhood, why didn’t you call the police?”

      “I prayed that they would show up, but nobody answered.” -Walt Kowalski

  • Jack Koller

    I am tempted to go over there and conduct a “anti-protest” protest.

    • brian

      +1000!

  • novasteve

    http://wtop.com/?nid=209&sid=2577006

    Or should muslim prisoners get special privileges?

    • CO Transplant

      Everyone understands the difference between Muslims and Islam, yes?

      I might believe that Christianity should be destroyed and mocked for the childish babel it is, but that doesn’t mean I want all Christians destroyed.

    • drax

      I don’t think he’s asking for special privileges, just the same others have. Jews in that jail get kosher meals, for instance.

      • novasteve

        EVERYONE gets stripped searched in jail, and she wanted to be exempt from that.

        • drax

          For religious reasons. If any other religion believed in no strip searching, they might deserve an exemption too.

          However, nobody said they should get all the exemptions they want. Obviously a strip search is necessary in a prison. But if Jews and others get special meals, Muslims should get them too. I didn’t notice you getting all upset about the kosher meals.

  • Alexandrian

    I kind of agree and disagree with her. Being a non-Muslim Arab myself, I have personally experienced the good, the bad and the ugly of the Muslim world. To go as far as claiming it to be evil and need to be erradicated is a stretch though.

    Heck, I’ve also seen the good, the bad and the ugly of the Christian world too (Timothy McVeigh anybody?). Just look at the history of the “Christian” Lebanese militias and the attrocities they did in Lebanon during the war.

    Good for GMU and its dean for growing a spine and letting Darwish speak. I wish we had more of this in our community, both locally and nationally, to end all this PC stupidity.

    • Rory

      Tim McVeigh was an agnostic and his religious views had nothing to do with his bombings of OKC

  • TG

    Not surprising from Koch Brothers University.

  • Just Me

    She has just as much a right to speak as the rest of us. I am sick and tired of being afraid of offending the Muslims.I am sick of being PC about EVERYTHING but I find it sad its perfictly fine to trash and block the right of the Christian religon.

    If we are going to block the mention of one God we need to do the same for all. Enough if this crazy $hit.

    • drax

      Who is worried about offending Muslims?

      Oh, and it’s different religions but Christians and Muslims worship the same God.

  • http://www.exactcom.com.au/proofs/KombiPics/Wrecks/bayBushOvergrown.jpg Overgrown Bush

    Freedom of speech is great. Everyone just do it peacefully.

    • novasteve

      how can you do that especially if muslim sensitivities get hurt, there are threats of violence. Remember when Terry Jones threatened to burn a koran, which you would say someone has the right to burn a bible, or a US flag, but then liberals were going out saying that “burning a koran is like shouting fire in a crowded theater” and were prepared to blame him for the irrational reactions of muslims. It’s nothing like a crowded theater. It’s burning a koran, which liberals want to arrest im for.

      • jack

        I think it’s more common sense. Don’t poke a bear with a stick and cry if it tears your arm off. Especially if you’re doing it to get attention.

        • novasteve

          Jack, notice how you compared muslims to animals? If one were to burn a bible, would you compare it to poking a bear with a stick? or to burn a Torah ? Given that christians and jews wont’ threaten violence, or engage in violence if their holy books get burned, who is the problem with?

          • drax

            Christians and Jews threaten violence for all sorts of slights to their religions all the time, dude.

          • Steve

            A single shred of evidence of that drax?

            Remember piss crucifix and dung virgin mary? Every time there’s antisemitic graffiti, let me know when jews hold up signs “behead those who insult judaism”

            Now retract your statement.

      • http://www.exactcom.com.au/proofs/KombiPics/Wrecks/bayBushOvergrown.jpg Overgrown Bush

        If everyone was worried about hurting someone’s feelings then nobody would say squat. One of the great American freedoms is freedom of speech. If you don’t like what I say, speak your mind. It is your freedom too!

      • drax

        It’s always “liberals” said this, as if they are one big club with a single spokesman.

  • CO Transplant

    Yo ARLnow, do you have the details about when/where the actual speaking engagement is? Do you know if it’s open to the public?

    I doubt I’ll check out the protest – but wouldn’t mind hearing what she has to say.

    (I like to wait until I’ve heard someone speak to pass judgment and protest it – you know, the old fashioned way.)

    • CO Transplant

      Bueller?

      Bueller?

      Bueller?

  • John Fontain

    Sharia Law includes:

    Inheritance: a female’s portion is generally half the amount a male would receive under the same circumstances

    Polygamy: a Muslim man is permitted up to four wives

    Divorce: a marriage can be terminated by the husband. A woman must ask her husband’s permission if she wants to terminate the marriage, he may deny the request. If approved, she must then compensate the husband by reimbursing him for what he provided during marriage.

    Leaving Islam: conversion by Muslims to other religions or becoming non-religious is treason and is punishable by death.

    Homosexuality: illegal and punishable by death.

    Slavery: the major juristic schools of Islam have traditionally accepted the institution of slavery.

    Yep, it’s outrageous that she thinks some of this stuff needs to be reformed. How dare her!!

    • drax

      Christianity calls for killing all non-believers. I know this because I read it in the Bible!

      “If there be found among you, within any of thy gates which the LORD thy God giveth thee, man or woman, that hath wrought wickedness in the sight of the LORD thy God, in transgressing his covenant; 17:3 And hath gone and served other gods, and worshipped them, either the sun, or moon, or any of the host of heaven, which I have not commanded; 17:4 And it be told thee, and thou hast heard of it, and enquired diligently, and, behold, it be true, and the thing certain, that such abomination is wrought in Israel; 17:5 Then shalt thou bring forth that man or that woman, which have committed that wicked thing, unto thy gates, even that man or that woman, and shalt stone them with stones, till they die.”
      Deuteronomy 17

      Thinking you understand a religion by nothing more than reading its texts is dumb.

      • CO Transplant

        Yep – this isn’t about Christianity vs Islam. That’s so 1995.

        This is about the future of our planet and how it is threatened by organized religion.

        Throw out all the wars waged on behalf of religion. A much bigger problem that we face as humans is limited resources. You can make no bigger carbon footprint that to actually birth two more footprints. Religion (Catholicism among others) forbids contraception – regardless of the impact on the rest of us.

        Anyone seen Idiocracy? It’s not just a mildly funny movie – but a warning. We are breeding ourselves out of sustainable resources – and hiding behind religion as justification.

        This is reason #4,588 why all religion is dumb, dumb, dumb!

      • John Fontain

        What I referenced: happening now.

        What you referenced: not happening now.

        • Maria

          Come on John. You know there are plenty of Christians who believe in very similar things, and many Muslims who don’t. You’re talking about religions of well over a billion people each. You can’t just take one set of beliefs and apply it to everyone who practices.

      • Rory

        That’s from the Old Testament. FAIL

        • Josh S

          LOL

  • Cookie Monster

    Imagine if Nonee was a Holocaust denier, would she still be able to use the 1st amendment to spew hate?

  • Pastafarian

    Losers. All of you.

    • CO Transplant

      Awesome contribution. Really gives us so much to think about.

      • Pastafarian

        Google is your friend.

        http://www.venganza.org/

        • CO Transplant

          A thousand apologies, Pastafarian. I didn’t mean to degrade your religious views. May the Marinara be with you.

          And also with me.

          And parmigiana!

          • Pastafarian

            No hard feelings (although perhaps some al dente ones).

            Carbo Diem!

        • G

          Ramen.

      • drax

        I get it!

        May His Noodly Appendage bless you.

  • Kenny Dalglish

    Like Hirsi Ali, she seems to have been traumatized by growing up around radical Muslims. So she takes her rhetoric into overdrive in order to get attention and create dialogue.

    She has every right to do so, and every right to speak at Mason if they invited her. But she has to be careful to not incite violence and hate speech because she is talking to very impressionable young people. It’s all too easy for someone to take her words and use them in a destructive way, though it is ultimately her responsibility and the responsibility of those who invited her to make sure that people use her messages in a peaceful, positive way.

    The fact she is an Evangelical Christian now…undermines her message if you ask me. To act as if the Jewish and Christian holy books don’t have passages that if taken literally, can lead to violence and regressivism is extremely biased and ignores history.

    • novasteve

      Incite violence? Are you suggesting she’s telling people in the audience to take up arms against muslims, or are you thinking that just any words she uses not in praise of islam will make muslims violent? Who is the problem with if it’s the latter?

      • drax

        Do you see a problem with the former, Steve?

  • drax

    Does everyone understand the difference between protesting someone’s right to speak and protesting over what she’s saying? There’s a difference.

    • Lou

      Of course we know the difference. That’s why the loonwatch group is doing both.

      • drax

        I’m not sure everyone knows the difference.

  • GMU Student

    There is no “protest.” While the event at 4pm is a reaction to Ms. Darwish’s presence at GMU, it is not about her, or protesting her. Rather, it is an event about Islamaphobia and the lack of tolerance in our society today for Muslims.

    Do a better job at fact checking, “journalists.”

    • Chris

      I checked my facts last weekend and will probably check them again tonight so my statement stands. That Martini recipe is outstanding.

      • CO Transplant

        I’ll be the judge of that. (best kind of judging)

    • John Fontain

      Yeah, lack of tolerance, that’s it! As soon as they start letting women drive cars in Saudi Arabia, I’m sure Ms. Darwish will be more tolerant.

      • drax

        If she has a problem with that, she should say “I have a problem with those who don’t let women drive in Saudi Arabia” instead of bashing an entire religion of 1.1 billion over it.

        • John Fontain

          Do you know what she really stands for? She doesn’t have a problem with all Muslims, she has a problem with the backwards ways of Islamic Sharia law. Said another way, she doesn’t have a problem with women in Saudi Arabia, she has a problem with women being stoned and flogged because of these ‘laws’.

          I suggest you understand her views before jumping to conclusions about what they actually are.

          One of the groups protesting her is the Council on American-Islamic Relations. Its co-founder, Omar Ahmad, is on record stating: “Islam isn’t in America to be equal to any other faith, but to become dominant…The Koran, the Muslim book of scripture, should be the highest authority in America, and Islam the only accepted religion on Earth.”

          And this group is protesting her “intolerance”? Talk about ridiculous!

          • Stu Pendus

            It is going to be an “anti-hate” protest full of hate. Go figure.

  • roquer

    Hope they cops are there, cause these anti-haters are the true haters. This woman espouses that Islam has bad policies toward women. Well, that’s true!! So what are these anti-haters going to say? That’s it’s great that Muslims don’t respect their women? That it’s ok to kill their women for various reasons? That our constitutional law should allow that? Right

  • R.Griffon

    I think it’s great that she’s talking. Partly for the exercise of free speech, but also so that everyone can see how stupid it is that otherwise seemingly educated people continue to argue over who’s imaginary friend is better.

  • hm

    So if a student group invited a known Nazi to speak, George Mason would allow that? Yeah right.

  • Elric66

    A brave woman for speaking the truth about islam.

    “Rather, it is an event about Islamaphobia and the lack of tolerance in our society today for Muslims.”

    Really? This nation has bent over backwards for muslims, especially after 9-11. Now we can talk about how tolerant muslims are of non muslims in islamic lands but you apologists never want to for some odd reason.

    • Maria

      So what religion are we a “land” of? Oh, that’s right. None. That’s the beauty of our country. We aren’t like the countries who discriminate against those who don’t practice their national religion, so don’t compare us to them.

      • Maria

        Also, could you please elaborate on the “bending over backwards for Muslims” that’s been done here?

        • Reality Bites

          I don’t care about bending backwards for anyone. I care about the freedom of speech and freedom to criticize and the freedom to mock. (if you have the freedom to glorify, i have the freedom to mock what you glorify).

          President Obama asking the florida pastor not to burn the Quran. South park censoring it’s Muhammed cartoon.
          Facebook taking down pages for Draw a Muhammed Cartoon day.

          • Maria

            You consider those things anything beyond common courtesy? You don’t think people of other faiths would be asking Facebook to take down images that are similarly offensive to them? Yes, I know that there are fanatical extremists out there who threaten horrible things in retaliation for these things, so it’s not necessarily the same, but I hardly think asking people to make an effort to show some respect for other belief systems is bending over backwards.

            And for the record everyone, “freedom of speech” is freedom from the *government* restricting your speech, so someone protesting someone else because of their views and beliefs is not a violation of their freedom of speech.

          • Maria

            (How many times can you say freedom in one sentence?)

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