First It’s I Don’t Say

Two student organizations at Duke University, Think Before You Talk and Blue Devils United, have started a campaign to get fellow students to self-censor themselves so as to not offend certain protected minorities.

First It’s I Don’t Say

As you’ll note, each image includes the starting phrase, “I Don’t Say.” Yet, the campaign’s name is far more honest, “You don’t say.” That’s both telling and important because such cultural pogroms, when enacted in what now passes for academic environments invariable move from “I don’t” to “You don’t say…or else.” It never stays voluntary self-censorship or, at least is hasn’t so far.

First it will shift into peer pressure against- and ostracization of students who do not chose to self-censor their speech. This would, under the current (mis)definitions of the term, be considered “bullying” if it weren’t being applied against the normative majority.

Then it will expand to protests against any student organization or club that are deemed by the “faithful” to have a tendency towards nonconformity to the new speech code.

After that, it will expand further into protests against faculty and curricula that do not overtly support the politically correct “newspeak.”

Finally, it will move into the political arena and, as a result of protests, “studies,” and the like attempt to coerce the government into basing funding of universities upon their compliance with fostering the use and enforcement of the new speech codes.

To any who claim this is merely a hysterical “slippery slope” argument I say that there is no better predictor of the future than the past and the past, in the form of racial appeasement and affirmative action, has shown that this downward slope is the one that is followed in what passes for academia in the US.

First it’s “I don’t say.” Then it’s “You don’t say…or else.”

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Silence Is Golden

Sometimes silence is golden; Duke University’s decision to retract permission for the Muslims, who make up a little less than 5% of Duke’s 15,000 students, use of the university’s Methodist chapel’s bell-tower to broadcast and amplify their adhān – call to prayer – is one of those times when silence is indeed golden.

Duke University Methodist Chapel
Duke University’s Methodist Chapel

A sane person would think that Duke University’s long-standing tolerance of allowing Muslims to use rooms inside their Christian chapel for prayer services would be enough pluralism, especially since Duke is and has always been a private, Methodist University. This is, of course in these degenerate times, not the case. Liberals and Progressives have shown their allegiance and rally with the ever-outraged Muslims to protest not being allowed to broadcast their adhān far and wide.

It’s ironic – or, it would be if these Leftists didn’t do this with such regularity – that these same Liberals and Progressives who are claiming this is religious bigotry are the ones who like to rant, rail, protest, and wage lawfare against any public or pseudo-public displays of the Christians’ faith. Even more so, is the absence of any protests by the Atheists such as the Freedom From Religion Foundation against the Muslims’ adhān being broadcast from church’s bell-tower.

This is hypocrisy at it’s “finest” since such a broadcast would inflict portions of Islam on far more people and in a far, far, far more intrusive and unavoidable manner than just about anything Christianity or other faiths have ever sought to do in the modern age.

As someone who lived and worked in MENA for years, I can and do tell you that nothing says the you’re in the Caliphate like hearing the adhān being screeched and wailed.

Yes, sometimes silence is golden and silencing the adhān is worth a imam’s weight in gold. Silencing those inside America’s borders who side with Muslims in this is, or would be, priceless. 😉

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