Like most Leftist indoctrination centers these days, the University of Michigan really has its priorities completely out of whack. In a strange twist, the officials at the school have disturbingly found a way to promote so-called “women’s rights” and to perpetuate violence against women. How the “progressive,” moral contortionists have managed to do such a thing is both sad and mind-boggling at the same time.
CAIR (Council on American-Islamic Relations) succeeded in shutting down a screening of the film Honor Diaries at the University of Michigan, Dearborn, which had been scheduled for March 27. The pro-Islamic group claims that the film is “Islamophobic,” a conveniently fabricated term – just like “homophobia” – that is used to denote anything that offends or is considered unflattering, especially when it tells the truth.
Honor Diaries is a recently released documentary profiling the horrific victimization of nine Muslim women in Islamic societies where they have been forced to endure female genital mutilation, honor violence, honor killings and forced marriage at very young ages. The fact that any interest group could ever in good conscience protest such a film, which exposes barbaric and grotesque practices inflicted against women, makes no sense whatsoever. Unless, of course, there were other motivations actually driving the effort.
Besides shielding Islam from warranted criticism, CAIR’s campaign seemed to be focused on the film’s funding, which came from a group called the Clarion Project. Raphael Shore, a Canadian-Israeli rabbi, heads Clarion, whose previous film projects include Iranium, Third Jihad and Obsession. These documentaries also accurately portray Islam in a negative light. CAIR asserts that Shore has an ideological axe to grind against Islam. But isn’t it even more likely that an anti-Semitic bias was behind CAIR’s push for censorship at the University of Michigan — especially since the terrorist-linked group has not expressed a single objection to the actual content of Honor Diaries?
Ultimately, instead of working to expose heinous human rights violations and brutality against women, the University of Michigan caved to the pressure and opted to stifle free speech. Even the far left-leaning Huffington Post produced both an article and a video segment about Honor Diaries, defending its important message, immediately after the film premiered on March 8 in honor of International Women’s Day.
And this is not just an issue effecting Islamic women living in Middle Eastern or African countries. Right here in the United States, the story of Amina and Sarah Said, two sisters who were born and raised in Texas, stands as a cautionary illustration. Both girls were shot and killed in cold blood by their own father in 2008 because of their non-Muslim boyfriends. So, Muslim violence against women is a relevant matter that must be confronted head on by us all.
However, it’s not merely what the University of Michigan is censoring that’s so disturbing — it’s also what they are, in fact, promoting on their campuses that should make heads spin as well.
Each year, the University’s Women’s Studies Department partners with the Institute for Research on Women and Gender to present two exhibits that they say are “broadly related to issues of women and gender.” The 2014 Spring semester’s display, which will run through May 29, is entitled “4,000 Years for Choice: A Graphic Guide to Reproductive Justice.” The exhibit is being outrageously portrayed as a “life-sustaining” presentation. Yes, you read that right – abortion is being celebrated as a “life-sustaining” procedure. Only in liberal circles is ripping babies from the womb considered an affirmation of life.
According to Debra M. Schwartz, who serves as the senior public relations representative for the Institute, the exhibit intends to “take into consideration not just a fetus or an unplanned pregnancy, but the life of the mother, the father, [and] the family.” “Not just” the life of the “fetus?” Try “not at all” when it comes to the lives of innocent, unborn babies.
Schwartz also claims that the exhibit is not “about being pro-choice or pro-life.” She might have a point — because it’s actually about being pro-abortion, pro-death, pro-baby dismemberment. The life and the interests of the infant mean nothing to the death worshipers. The only “choice” they care about is the one that involves terminating a pregnancy.
According to Students for Life of America Executive Vice President Tina Whittington, Schwartz told her that the university “paid $1,000 to have the artist, Heather Ault, come onto campus to give a lecture,” but the display was loaned to the university “free of charge.”
Mary Nachazel, president of Students for Life at the University of Michigan, recently told Life Site News that “the material is being presented as fact and that it is a wonderful and progressive thing that women now have full access to abortion.”
“Regarding the abortion issue as a whole,” Nachazel further explained, “classes and such [on abortion] are generally very one-sided.” This should come as no surprise since the pro-aborts are extremely fearful of anyone who might counter their lies with the facts.
The Students for Life of America’s national parent organization launched a “call-in campaign” for pro-life supporters to contact the university and “ensure that only private money is used for this and other, similar displays and projects.”
As is plain to see, the re-education camps remain quite active when it comes to filling our young skulls full of mush with liberal drivel. The chronicles of college corruption continue…
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