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Diversity vs. Freedom: Jihad on the Campus
in twenty-four hours of this controversy, the web site
of the student paper where the original outrage took
place had vanished from the World Wide Web, causing
some of the links below to vanish. This may be because
the University is taking its summer vacation, but
it's common for universities to destroy the web
archives of student papers that offend against
diversity by being diverse. See The
Orwellian Memory Hole:Vanishing Archives. By
February 19, Omar Siddiqui, a law student at
Toronto's Osgoode Hall Law School published an article
which spoke approvingly of women being flogged for
adultery (as long as the skin wasn't broken), and
quoting the old law that, "In cases where a child
has been born which is not even seen as direct
evidence of fornication, and the mother is breast
feeding the child, she must not be punished for fear
that the child will lose a mother."
around, that sentence means that it's OK under
Islamic law to flog a nursing mother, possibly to
death, if her
child was born as the result of adultery.
also compared the flogging
of a Nigerian woman to the North American problems
feminists are always complaining about:
one girl in Nigeria is wrongly punished, thousands of
women in the Canadian system are denied equal access
and fair treatment under the law.
people can see a basic qualitative difference between
100 lashes for adultery, and 78
cents on the
dollar, but not
people complained about this, including Raha
Papasotiriou used the expression "pathetic and
irrelevant religious dogma" and said that there
was "NOTHING, absolutely nothing spiritual about
that Islamic faith" [sic].
of which, you would think, would be instantly agreed
with by any University Administration concerned with
religious freedom (non-existent in the Moslem world),
or the status of women.
fact, we should be reading that Mr. Siddiqui has been
ridden out of town on a rail by enraged feminists,
in the poem.
no! According to a May 1, 2000 National
Peter W. Hogg, dean
of Osgoode Hall, said he was embarrassed by the response
to this anti-female ranting, and he wrote letters
that he was "sorry that the editors chose to
publish the article" criticizing
Islam's anti-woman, anti-freedom laws.
article was essentially a criticism of Islamic law but
it also made some unjustified criticisms of the
Islamic belief system. It was very offensive to Muslim
students," he said.
started to get just a torrent of e-mails from Muslims
all over North America."
issued an apology of sorts (Intolerance
partly in response to "anonymous and threatening
he still feels that that certain Islamic
tendencies are to be condemned:
those who uphold inhumane customs and practices based
in accordance with their religious teachings that they
attempt to qualify as just and humane, I recommend to
them to live in a country, if only briefly, where my
aunt was murdered when she was gunned down at a bus
stop because she was not veiled and where the
spokesperson for the police noted that she provoked
the attack (July 14, 1994, Algeria).
that sort of attitude, you can see why Dean Hogg's
university is "investigating complaints that the
article breached the school's code
of non-academic conduct that prohibits
presume Mr. Heinrichs is next on the list of people to
be disciplined. He's been studying American history,
and has picked up foreign ideas about "Free
Speech" and "Civil Liberties."
an organization called CAIR,
the Council on American Islamic Relations. CAIR was
established to "promote a positive image of Islam
and Muslims in America." Their Canadian chapter
may have been the inspiration behind the e-mails that
Dean Hogg received.
believes that "misrepresentations of Islam are
most often the result of ignorance on the part of
non-Muslims and reluctance on the part of Muslims to
articulate their case."
fine with me. I'm opposed to misrepresentations
it's not misrepresentations and ignorant prejudice
that CAIR fights on a daily basis. They're fighting
the truth, and any criticism of Islamic belief or
Pipes has been subjected to a lot of intimidation and
so have many others who have dared to criticize Islam.
it would be unfair to blame CAIR for York
University's actions in this case. The Canadian
academic community is quite capable of rolling over
and playing dead, or
without being asked.
if Dean Hogg wants to make the Osgoode Hall Law School
acceptable by Middle Eastern standards, he still has a
long way to go.
Here is short list of suggestions for reform:
- No beer on campus, offenders to be flogged.
- Christian and Jewish chapels to be pulled down, so that no stone shall stand upon another, and their chaplains expelled (with a flogging).
- All women of any description whatever to be removed from the campus, except for the students' wives. (Up to four in number per student but no concubines.)
- All the books in the library to be burned, with the exception of the Koran. (Gibbon says that the Caliph Omar did not do this to the Library of Alexandria, but that doesn't mean Dean Hogg can't do it.)
- Finally, Dean Hogg should change his name, the sound of which is offensive to True Believers, who consider the pig to be ritually unclean.
These measures should propel his University both forward into the 21st Century and backward into the 6th.
May 2, 2001