Mayor Bloomberg is a big supporter of freedom. Like the freedom to build a Megamosque near Ground Zero or the freedom to use a city college as a platform for promoting the destruction of Israel. He is however a fierce opponent of irresponsible forms of freedom like overly large soda cups or Styrofoam cups or being able to drive to work without running into a planter, a bus lane, a bike lane or four hundred paid picketers screaming that they want more money.
Bloomberg blasted opponents of Brooklyn College’s Boycott Israel event, saying, “If you want to go to a university where the government decides what kind of subjects are fit for discussion, I suggest you apply to a school in North Korea.”
That line might have a little more credibility if Bloomberg’s administration of the city didn’t have a suspicious resemblance to North Korea. And Brooklyn College is funded by the city and does decide what subjects can be discussed there. Placing a few degrees of separation and empowering its administrators to make those decisions does not change that.
Brooklyn College has been getting steadily uglier and in terms of its hatred toward Jews and Israel and is beginning to resemble some of the worst California colleges.
Furthermore if Brooklyn College had a forum calling for a boycott of Muslim countries and Muslim businesses, it is very doubtful that Bloomberg would have defended it and compared critics to Kim Jong Il.
But freedom is subjective. It’s used to defend some ideas, but not others. Drop a Koran in a toilet in a New York City academic institution and you’ll be arrested and charged with a hate crime. Call for the destruction of the Jewish State, with the accompanying murder of millions, and that’s academic free speech. What’s worse, dropping a Koran in a toilet or genocide?
Where does one draw the line? Apparently always in favor of Muslims.
First he dictated the size of our cups — now he wants to ban what they’re made of.
The Bloomberg administration is considering banning Styrofoam cups and containers — popular at thousands of delis and food carts across the city— as it prepares to roll out a major recycling announcement in the coming weeks, a Sanitation Department official said yesterday.
That idea comes from Bloomberg’s Recycling Czar (isn’t it great that we now have one of those) as Bloomberg continues his campaign to ban absolutely everything in the city except Megamosques and boycott Israel events.
What will people drink hot tea out of if they want it to keep more than five minutes? I don’t know, but it had better not be made in Israel.