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The principles of Columbia University

Which of these two individuals seems more dangerous and deplorable to you?

1. An American citizen who has founded an organization dedicated to lawfully fighting the problem of illegal immigration and helping to secure our National borders in accordance with immigration laws.

OR

2. An extremist leader of an Islamic country (which has documented ties to terrorist organizations) who has made the following statements:

"Anybody who recognizes Israel will burn in the fire of the Islamic nation's fury."

"Israel must be wiped off the map."

"Israel will be annihilated."

"Israel is a rotten, dried tree that will be annihilated in one storm."

"[There is] no significant need for the United States."

"There is no doubt that the new wave (of attacks) in Palestine will wipe off this stigma (Israel) from the face of the Islamic world...The World without Zionism."

"The wave of the Islamic revolution will soon reach the entire world."

"If you want to have good relations with the Iranian people in the future, you should acknowledge the right and the might of the Iranian people, and you should bow and surrender to the might of the Iranian people. If you do not accept this, the Iranian people will force you to bow and surrender."

"With the support and power of God, we will soon experience a world without the United States and Zionism and will breathe in the brilliant time of Islamic sovereignty over today's world."

"A nation that on the other side of the globe has risen up and proved the shallowness of their power…They are angry with our nation. But we tell them ‘so be it and die from this anger’. Rest assured that if you do not respond to the divine call, you will die soon and vanish from the face of the earth."

"The anger of Muslims may reach an explosion point soon…the waves of the blast will not remain within the boundaries of our region and will engulf the corrupt powers that support this fake regime [Israel]."

Number 1 is an American citizen engaged in protecting our country through completely legal and peaceful channels. Number 2 promotes the genocide of an entire race of people, the annihilation of one of America’s allies, and the total destruction of the United States.

Which one seems more dangerous to you?

Well, if you are a “progressive” student at Columbia University, you would no doubt conclude that Number 1 is clearly the more dangerous of the two. If Number 1 were to speak on your campus, you would immediately assemble a protest group to shout him off stage and prevent him from speaking. No doubt you would call him a racist and a Nazi.

But, if Number 2 were to speak on your campus, you would plead with the rest of the Columbia University student body to refrain from any protests. After all, you wouldn’t want him to be “demonized.”

I really wish that I was making this up. But, sadly, I am not.

Last year, “progressive” students at Columbia University protested a speech by Jim Gilchrist, the co-founder of the Minutemen, by storming the stage and shouting hateful names at him.

This year, it has been highly publicized that Columbia University has invited Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the President of Iran, to speak at their campus. In reaction to this invitation, the Columbia University “progressives” sent out an open letter asking students to refrain from any form of protest against Ahmadinejad.

“We have serious concerns with the content of some of the hostility that has been expressed to his presence, and specifically with the planned protest. We fear the demonization of Ahmadinejad, because we think this demonization contributes to the likelihood of war… A rally where each speaker denounces Ahmadinejad’s reactionary policies and just a few call explicitly for military action will still be perceived, on campus and around the U.S., as pro-war.”

The dichotomy is absolutely amazing to me. They hate the idea of Ahmadinejad being “demonized,” yet they publicly condemn and shout-down an American citizen who is dedicated to the security of the United States.

You might also be interested to know that while Columbia University has invited Ahmadinejad to speak on their campus, the dean of the University has also expressed his willingness to have Hitler speak at their campus:

“If Hitler were in the United States and wanted a platform from which to speak, he would have plenty of platforms to speak in the United States. If he were willing to engage in debate and a discussion to be challenged by Columbia students and faculty, we would certainly invite him.”

I guess they really do embrace the free and open exchange of ideas! They would invite anyone to speak publicly on their campus, no matter how outrageous, deplorable, controversial, or evil they are.

But, wait…what’s this?

Oh, that’s right. Columbia University, while publicly stating that they would invite Hitler and Ahmadinejad to speak at their campus, continues to ban the ROTC from their campus.

Columbia University welcomes anti-Semites, power-hungry world leaders, and genocidal racists to their campus. But, they refuse to allow their students to participate in an officer training program for our armed forces.

Simply…unbelievable.



***UPDATE***

Many people who support Ahmadinejad’s right to speak at Columbia University do so by arguing that this forum will allow students to directly challenge the Iranian President on many of his controversial statements and beliefs. They believe that this will be an open forum with the free exchange of ideas.

Think again.

“During the program, cards will be distributed to members of the audience, so that they may submit questions for the speaker. If you were unable to register for the event but would still like to submit a question, please email your question to worldleaders@columbia.edu.”

Questions will have to be submitted to the moderator, and no doubt screened. Let’s see if they actually ask him the tough questions. But, regardless, this isn’t the “open forum” that many are hyping it to be.

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