Posted by Rob on 11 October, 2007 at 10:04 pm. 4 comments already!


Seven students take responsibility in controversial poster campaign

by Andrew Ramonas and Eric Roper

students said they hung the fliers – which contained the text “Hate
Muslims? So do we!!!” – to exemplify the racism of an upcoming
conservative event called Islamo-Fascism Awareness Week. The event’s
organizers, the Young America’s Foundation, were falsely named as
contacts on the poster.The posters were created by the Students for
Conservativo Fascism-Awareness, GW students who are members of the GW
Campus Anti-War Network.Many people said they felt the actions were
meant to offend Muslims, and a forum was held Monday night to discuss
hate speech on campus.

Deena Elmaghrabi, treasurer of the
Muslim Students Association, said her group found the posters racist
and did not support Islamo-Fascism Awareness Week. “Regardless of their
intention…it was still very hurtful and hateful,” said Elmaghrabi
Monday night. “When you use ‘hate’ in capital letters on your poster,
that is very hateful to me.”

University President Steven Knapp
declined comment on any University-sanctioned punishment Wednesday
night, but acknowledged the message had resonance on campus. “I
understand that whatever their intent may have been they also need to
appreciate that it caused pain to members of the Muslim community here
and certainly went beyond the boundaries of the University as well,”
Knapp said in an interview with The Hatchet. The group remained
anonymous until Tuesday night, when The Hatchet obtained information
about the identity of one of the perpetrators. They later sent an
e-mail admitting to the actions, and revealing all of their names.

Wednesday morning, the seven students signed confessions with UPD
stating “I hereby take responsibility as a signatory to the statement
released by The Hatchet October 9, 2007,” several members of the group
confirmed. UPD told the perpetrators that investigations into their
actions had been terminated, graduate student Adam Kokesh said
Wednesday. University spokesperson Tracy Schario said the investigation
of the entire incident is still ongoing. She added she could not
comment on individual cases.

The other students involved were
freshmen Yong Kwon and Ned Goodwin; senior Brian Tierney; and graduate
students Maxine Nwigwe, Lara Masri and Ammal Rammah. Kokesh, an Iraq
War veteran, gained celebrity over the past year because of his vocal
opposition to the war. “There’s a great tendency in academia to have a
knee-jerk reaction to anything controversial,” Kokesh said. He added,
“Anyone who bothered to read the whole thing got that point (that the
posters were satirical).”

Organizers said the Islamo-Fascism
Awareness Week – which begins Oct. 22 – will feature conservative
speakers, films and discussion panels. Vice president of YAF Patrick
Coyle said the posters were the “latest string of dirty tricks with
those that disagree with our ideas.”

“If they wanted to
protest they can protest, but I find it strange that they’re against
these ideas even being discussed at (GW),” Coyle said.
from the GW Hatchet

Well, the sick people who made it more socially
acceptable to be gay then Christian, Conservative, a member of the
military, or Republican has sunk to a new low. Does anyone need any
more proof that liberals have zero, I mean ZERO interest in free
speech? And now it appears libs will stop at nothing, including, lies
and defamation of character, slander, and race bating to squelch any
point of view that is not their own hedonistic values. Welcome to the
new liberal madras’s, where independent thought is not allowed. Don’t
expect too much coverage from the MSM from this one, though.

P.S. Personally, I hope the seven get expelled.

Crossposted from Baltimore Reporter

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