A powerful nor’easter storm threatening the northeastern United States forced the University of Connecticut’s Women’s Center to cancel an event Wednesday night featuring pro-Shariah activist and far-left political agitator Linda Sarsour..
But the conflict that the school created by inviting the woman who has urged Muslims to engage in “jihad” against President Trump and who violates U.S. law in her activism remains.
Meira Svirsky, editor of ClarionProject.org, pointed out that Sarsour’s invitation to give a lecture for UConn’s “Herstory” Month was accomplished by “bypassing the school’s recently installed review process for speakers.”
Speakers must be vetted if they are invited by a student organization, but not if the university invites them,” Svirsky explained.
When conservative pundit Ben Shapiro was hosted by UConn’s College Republicans and Young Americans for Freedom chapters in January, the university placed restrictions on the event and offered mental health counseling to students who apparently couldn’t cope with Shapiro’s speech.
Joelle Murchison, the university’s “chief diversity officer,” said at the time: “We understand that even the thought of an individual coming to campus with the views that Mr. Shapiro expresses can be concerning and even hurtful and that’s why we wanted to make you aware as soon as we were informed. In the meantime, please utilize the many campus resources available to you should you want to talk through your feelings about this issue, including my office, the Cultural Centers, the Dean of Students Office, and CMHS, if necessary.”
But the university had no concerns, it seems, about Sarsour’s radicalism, Svirsky noted.
“It’s a pretty safe bet that she won’t bring up her support for terrorists (including child warriors) and Shariah law (which denigrates women and relegates them to second class citizens) or her wishes for those women who disagree with her (‘I wish I could take away their vaginas – they don’t deserve to be women,’ she tweeted about Ayaan Hirsi Ali or Bridgette Gabriel),” Svirsky wrote before the cancellation.
“She might bring up her support for the BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) movement against Israel. She also might call again for a ‘jihad’ against ‘the fascists and white supremacists and Islamophobes reigning in the White House’ as she has done before, calling jihad ‘patriotism.’ Both of those positions seem to be uncontroversial on college campuses these days.”
Svirsky added: “All told, infamous Women’s March organizer Linda Sarsour has managed to pull the wool over the eyes of a generation of gullible millennials and their administrative enablers. What an accomplishment.”
Campus Reform, which reports left-wing bias on university campuses, pointed out UConn planned “no restrictions” for Sarsour, “despite placing restrictions on the Ben Shapiro event in January.
“The university held that it was subjecting Shapiro’s event to the same review process as a previous lecture by Anita Hill, saying at the time that events sponsored by the university were already subjected to the same sort of review process it was imposing on student groups,” the report said.
UConn spokeswoman Stephanie Reitz said at the time that Hill’s visit “was coordinated and sponsored by the university, which considers the same kinds of questions internally before inviting a speaker to campus.”
“The difference is that the university considers and plans for those factors before issuing an invitation,” she said.
But Max Turgeon of the College Republicans told “Fox & Friends” Sarsour’s invitation was exempted from the review process applied to Shapiro.
He said the university uses its own review process to block conservative speakers.
WND reported Tuesday on Sarsour’s arrest along with several Muslim leaders outside the office of House Speaker Paul Ryan protesting Congress’ handling of the status of the children of illegal immigrants.
Last July, Sarsour gave a speech at the annual convention of the Islamic Society of North America, a Muslim Brotherhood front group, in which she called for “jihad” against the Trump administration and urged Muslim immigrants not to assimilate into American society.
She said that if Muslims in America are not constantly in a state of rage against the Trump administration, they are traitors to Allah.
“Why sisters and brothers, why are we so unprepared? Why are we so afraid of this administration and the potential chaos that they will ensue on our community?” she asked. “I hope that when we stand up to those who oppress our communities, that Allah accepts from us that as a form of jihad.”