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October 11, 2009


Diana West: Yale chose Shariah over U.S. Constitution


Examiner Columnist

October 11, 2009

Last week’s column was about something that doesn’t exist — a multilevel strategy to combat the advance of Shariah (Islamic law) across the West.

The strategy doesn’t exist because there’s little understanding that the entrenchment of Shariah in the Western world poses a threat to liberty in the Western world.

This understanding doesn’t exist because the critique of Shariah (a legal system best described as sacralized totalitarianism) required to devise a defensive anti-Shariah strategy is not considered possible.

Why not? The main obstacle is, well, the advance of Shariah across the West. In other words, we cannot criticize the spread of Shariah simply because Shariah’s influence has spread. Thus, the reflex reaction to critical commentary — even a newspaper page of political cartoons — is to follow Islamic law and stop it (or try), or just shut up.

That’s certainly what Yale has done, as events beginning in August demonstrate. That’s when news broke that Yale and its press were omitting the Danish Muhammad cartoons (and other Muhammad imagery) from a forthcoming Yale University Press book expressly about the Danish Muhammad cartoons.

This sudden act of censorship, Yale said, was due to fear of Muslim outrage over the Muhammad cartoons again turning into Muslim violence. (Roger Kimball, Stanley Kramer and I have laid out evidence that Yale’s censorhip was also due to fear of alienating Muslim donors.)

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One Comment
  1. ZAC D. permalink
    October 12, 2009 1:37 AM

    The story begins at Michigan State University with a mechanical engineering professor named Indrek Wichman.

    Wichman sent an e-mail to the Muslim Student’s Association.

    The e-mail was in response to the students’ protest of the Danish cartoons that portrayed the Prophet Muhammad as a terrorist.

    The group had complained the cartoons were ‘hate speech’


    Enter Professor Wichman.


    In his e-mail, he said the following:


    Dear Muslim Association,

    As a professor of Mechanical Engineering here at MSU I intend to protest your protest.

    I am offended not by cartoons, but by more mundane things like beheadings of civilians, cowardly attacks on public buildings, suicide murders, murders of Catholic priests (the latest in Turkey), burnings of Christian churches, the continued persecution of Coptic Christians in Egypt, the imposition of Sharia law on non-Muslims, the rapes of Scandinavian girls and women (called ‘whores’ in your culture), the murder of film directors in Holland, and the rioting and looting in Paris France.

    This is what offends me, a soft-spoken person and academic, and many, many of my colleagues..I counsel you dissatisfied, aggressive, brutal, and uncivilized slave-trading Muslims to be very aware of this as you proceed with your infantile ‘protests.’

    If you do not like the values of the West – see the 1st Amendment – you are free to leave. I hope for God’s sake that most of you choose that option.

    Please return to your ancestral homelands and build them up yourselves instead of troubling Americans.


    I. S. Wichman

    Professor of Mechanical Engineering


    As you can imagine,

    the Muslim group at the university didn’t like this too well.

    They’re demanding that Wichman be reprimanded and the university impose mandatory diversity training for faculty.

    And mandate a seminar on hate and discrimination for all freshmen..

    Now the local chapter of CAIR has jumped into the fray .

    CAIR, the Council on American-Islamic Relations, apparently doesn’t believe that the good professor

    had the right to express his opinion.


    For its part, the university is standing its ground in support of Professor Wichman,

    saying the e-mail was private, and they don’t intend to publicly condemn his remarks.


    We are in a war.

    This political correctness crap is getting old and killing us.

    Professor Wichman = Watchmen.

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