NYU Caves in To Muslims' Pressure
March 30, 2006
IRVINE, CA--Yesterday, in a shameful act, NYU broke its own official policy and denied free speech to its students.
After having approved the display of the Danish cartoons for a panel discussion on free speech, NYU's administration reversed its decision in the face of Muslim protests.
A day before the panel discussion was to take place, NYU gave the student event organizers a non-negotiable ultimatum: if you display the cartoons we will close the event to non-NYU guests. This was in spite of the fact that NYU's own rules leave the decision to display the cartoons to the student sponsoring organization.
And even though the students opted for not showing the cartoons, NYU allowed entry to only 75 non-NYU registered guests and barred another 30 registered guests and two journalists who showed up.
In caving in to fear, in restricting and obstructing attendance, in forbidding the display of the Danish cartoons, NYU handed a victory to the Islamic totalitarians and their facilitators. In standing up to the destroyers of free speech, the NYU student sponsors of the free speech panel showed the courage that the NYU officials lack.
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