Washington University Bows to Muslim Pressure over Bin Laden Costume

Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam. He is completing a book on the international challenges America faces in the 21st century.


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Halloween costumes at colleges are the latest battleground for the left. Joining in the fun is the Muslim Students Association; a fun-loving Muslim Brotherhood front group whose presidents have a tendency to join Al Qaeda.

Since Osama bin Laden was a member of the Muslim Brotherhood, it was only natural for the Washington University MSA to feel really hurt by American students dressing up as Bin Laden and the American soldiers who took their leader down.

So the MSA whined and cried racism and convened a forum to discuss how the photo “triggered” them. And the University apologized for not knuckling under sooner and taking a photo of a few Halloween costumes celebrating the death of Osama bin Laden more seriously.

A Solidarity Forum hosted by the Muslim Students Association Thursday offered Washington University’s administration a chance to apologize for its failure to respond immediately to a controversial Halloween photograph gone viral and students to suggest possible avenues for improvement.

The discussion in Tisch Commons, in which a number of MSA members related how the photo was an emotional trigger for them, bringing back memories of personal experiences with racism, came one day after a Facebook post featuring an image of students in Halloween costumes garnered hundreds of hits from community members and others who found the photo offensive.

For Americans, the photo might be a “trigger” of the Muslim massacre of thousands of Americans. But that’s just oversensitive. Get over it.  But Muslim memories of racism, call out the tolerance brigade.

Some criticized the administration for its delayed reaction to the photo, which was sent to Vice Chancellor Sharon Stahl just after Halloween. At the meeting, Stahl took responsibility for her lack of action.

“I am the person, the only person, to whom this posting was sent on Halloween; I made a grave mistake in not responding sooner than I did. I deeply regret that,” Stahl said. “If I could go back and undo this, I would, but I can’t, so I have to accept the responsibility of my mistake. I apologize, and I hope that moving forward you will be able to find it in your hearts to give me that grace.”

Now with more graceful Dhimmi groveling before the Religion Which May Not Be Criticized and Whose Terrorists May Not Be Insulted.

Earlier Thursday afternoon, Chancellor Mark Wrighton, Provost Holden Thorp and Stahl sent an email to the entire Washington University community to address the issue.

“As a community, one of our highest priorities is to maintain an inclusive environment where everyone feels welcome,” they wrote. “Images like the one that was posted on a social media site by students on Halloween and the impact it has had reminds us that we all must be united in this effort and it must be on-going. Whatever the intention, the image has offended and hurt members of our community. The image also is entirely inconsistent with who we are as an institution, our values and the way in which we engage in the world around us.”

“We are deeply disappointed and saddened that this has occurred. We must expect better of ourselves and of each other,” they added.

Inclusivity at Washington State means not being allowed to make fun of Bin Laden to avoid offending the Muslim Students Association, many of whose presidents have joined Al Qaeda.

Meanwhile the MSAs celebrate terrorism and deface Stars of David with Swastikas and no administrator apologizes for not taking it seriously.

Senior Mahroh Jahangiri posted the screenshot with the original caption of “Halloween ‘13. Amurrica!!”—along with a seven-paragraph caption in which she interpreted the photo as “represent[ing] a broader, more aggressive (and apparently violent) Islamophobia rampant here at WashU and in the United States.”

She told stories of discrimination she has faced while at the University, expressed her disappointment in the student body for its lack of a reaction, explained why she was offended by the photo and urged students to “RAISE HELL ABOUT THIS.”

Who is Mahroh Jahangiri? She’s an intern at the Office of Civil Rights in the Department of Homeland Security and an activist for Hamastan Gaza. On her Tumblr, she defends the Muslim Brotherhood, attacks Israel and promotes Islamism. On Facebook, there’s blatant anti-Americanism and support for the Brotherhood’s rule in Egypt.

But not a problem. Of course.

And Washington University is responding with predictable liberal fascism.

Senior Matt Re, president of Student Union, said it is SU’s core mission to make sure all students feel safe and included on campus, and senior Gaby Dinkin, chair of the Diversity Affairs Council, said that the committee had an emergency meeting to discuss the situation and was working on drafting a formal statement.

“We’re not blaming anyone or saying that anyone was being intentionally hurtful, but people in our community were hurt, and that’s what we’d like to focus on,” Dinkin said. “I hope it won’t be a divisive issue but more a moment for everyone to learn and have a discussion.”

We’re not blaming anyone, but yeah we’re totally blaming the guys in the patriotic Halloween costumes celebrating the death of Bin Laden. It won’t be a divisive issue if you “learn” and listen to the discussion of MSA terrorist supporters telling you how terrible you are for being patriotic.

Otherwise…

  • http://forbiddenterritories.com/profile/Isahiah62 Isahiah62

    MUDSLIME IS NOT A SKIN COLOR_ NOT A #RACE – #ISLAM is the MOST Bigoted #apartheid supremacist nationalist imperialistic system on the earth at this time- apartheid 100% by gender with all non Muslims considered inferior, defective, inhuman and as not deemed innocent by Mudslimes- they may be legally murdered according to Mo and the Shitria – there should be NO APOLOGY for doing NOTHING WRONG– MUSLIMS quit whining or GTFO plenty of pisslamic hellholes for you to choose from- USA is NOT ONE OF THEM – MSA if Osama is your hero please go to Afghanistan and fight for him- #MSA is a terror org & should not be on ANY campus in USA NONE – it is HATE GROUP ( #SPLC pay attention)

  • http://fdnyretiree.com/ Ed FDNYRetiree

    MOOSLIMS are the most onerous, cancerous, cantankerous, dangerous, violent, obnoxious, reprehensible slime on Earth.

    Did I miss any important descriptors?

    • Smoking Hamster

      Deceptive and conniving.

    • pupsncats

      Murderous.

  • Notalibfool

    This could be the beginning of the end for Halloween. Some crybaby complains and then it snowballs.

    Notice that the Left and its allies always seems to find an excuse to attack anything that might be fun.

    • pupsncats

      It won’t be the end of Halloween because it generates way too much money and it is a celebration of fantasy and evil, both of which the majority in our society love and practice.

      • Notalibfool

        Good point, but beyond being fun it is offensive to the Left in other ways:

        1. It encourages creativity (costumes, decorations)
        2. Like you say Halloween generates money, but that means jobs, which our current administration clearly doesn’t want.
        3. Sugary treats when liberals are pushing “healthier choices”

        • pupsncats

          To the secular culture, Halloween is simply a pagan holiday to celebrate greed and mock the reality of evil.

          All holidays (which by the way, means “holy days”) are reduced to money generating days, making them meaningless. A culture that has nothing to celebrate but “fun” is a dying culture.

          Should we support everything that generates money which in turn, creates employment just for the sake of employing people? I say no.

  • cheechakos

    The interviews (ABC,NBC,KMOV & Fox,St.Louis) with Jahangiri and her 3 supporters showed how ridiculous their claim is. They explained they were offended by the fake beard because it represents ALL muslim males, not just OBL. One girl was close to (fake) tears because the guns pointed at a helpless muslim man’s head terrified her and could encourage racist attacks on muslims.

    Oddly Jahangiri and pals had no comment on events like:

    Two men training at Fort Leonard Wood Army Base in MO, are in custody after deputies say they tried to abduct a 12-year-old girl in Pulaski County.

    Mohammed Mahmoud Omar Mefleh, 34, and Antoine Clela, 31, were charged with enticement of a child and harassment.

    The victim told police she was playing with a sibling in her yard when Mefleh and Clela approached her several times and tried to lure her into their vehicle. She told officers they kept asking for sexual favors.

    The suspects are with a foreign military in a middle eastern country and are part of a training mission at Fort Leonard Wood, just a couple miles from where the attempted abduction took place.
    http://creepingsharia.wordpress.com/2013/10/24/missouri-2-middle-eastern-military-trainees-try-to-abduct-12-year-old-girl-for-sex/

  • Jason

    Enforce the first amendment for once! Just once I’d like a case like this to go to court. This is a clear cut case of freedom of speech being stiffled by some interest group! How can we complain that our freedoms are being taken away when we wont even fight for them?

  • Hard Little Machine

    I went as gay Mohammed wiping my butt with a Koran and eating pork jerky.

    • carpe diem 36

      funny!!

  • Veracious_one

    dressing yourself in a goat costume is another sure way to draw Muslim attention…

  • donqpublic

    Well, I guess the Turner classic movie channel and 60 years of Hollywood war pictures over killing “krauts” and “Japs” ist verboten at Washington U, ya? But Spring Time In Hitler’s Germany is still AOK? How about a comedy bio? Bin Laden does Debbie in Damascus? The Thousand Rug Riding Nights of Mohammed?

  • Biff Henderson

    One of these days the MSA and their University Administration “allies” are going to tangle horns with a family of a conservative with deep pockets that will take them to the mat and legally rip them a new ***hole.

  • SCREW SOCIALISM

    Which side is the MSA (Muslim Savages Association) on?

    America or Al Qadas?

    • Veracious_one

      In captured Muslim Brotherhood documents which show the Muslim Brotherhood’s strategic goal …. …These “friends” were identified by Akram and the Brotherhood as groups that could help convince Muslims “that their work in America is a kind of grand Jihad in eliminating and destroying the Western civilization from within and ‘sabotaging’ its miserable house by their hands … so that … God’s religion [Islam] is made victorious over all other religions.”

      The MuslBy promoting the Islamic movement on such a wide variety of fronts, the Brotherhood and its allies could multiply exponentially their influence. Toward that end, the Akram/Brotherhood “Explanatory Memorandum” named the following 29 groups as the organizations they believed could collaborate effectively to destroy America from within – “if they all march according to one plan”:

      Islamic Society of North America (ISNA)

      ISNA Fiqh Committee (now known as the Fiqh Council of North America)

      ISNA Political Awareness Committee

      Muslim Youth of North America

      Muslim Students Association of the U.S. and Canada

      Association of Muslim Scientists and Engineers

      Islamic Medical Association (of North America)

      Islamic Teaching Center

      Malaysian Islamic Study Group

      Foundation for International Development

      North American Islamic Trust

      Islamic Centers Division

      American Trust Publications

      Audio-Visual Center

      Islamic Book Service

      Islamic Circle of North America

      Muslim Arab Youth Association

      Islamic Association for Palestine

      United Association for Studies and Research

      International Institute of Islamic Thought

      Muslim Communities Association

      Association of Muslim Social Scientists (of North America)

      Islamic Housing Cooperative

      Muslim Businessmen Association

      Islamic Education Department

      Occupied Land Fund (later known as the Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development)

      Mercy International Association

      Baitul Mal Inc.

      Islamic Information Center (of America)

      By setting up these many front groups, the Muslim Brotherhood was emulating the Communist Party tactic of creating interlocking front groups during the Cold War in order to confuse its enemies and make it more difficult to combat. im Student Association was listed as one of these friends….

  • Veracious_one

    How about Muslims disguising themselves as school bus drivers…the following article is from 2007……

    Homeland Security: As Democrats hold more silly hearings to embarrass Republicans, the FBI is warning local police to be alert for Muslim extremists hijacking school buses. Reality check, please.

    We wonder if any of the grandstanding politicians on Capitol Hill are thinking in terms of one of these nuts driving a fertilizer-filled yellow bus up to a government building — or, easier yet, a school. Of course not. They’re too busy swooning over Valerie Plame to even notice we’re still under threat from the Islamic terrorists they say we shouldn’t be spying on.

    The FBI and Homeland Security Department last week sent out a bulletin to law enforcement across the country warning that Muslims with “ties to extremist groups” are signing up to be school bus drivers. They also noted “recent suspicious activity” by foreigners who drive school buses or are licensed to drive them.

    Recent events come on top of several other school bus-related incidents involving Mideast men that raise suspicion of terror activity.

    They include last year’s surprise boarding of a school bus in Florida by two Saudi men dressed in trench coats. Authorities suspect they were making a dry run to see how easy it would be to hijack or blow up a school bus filled with American children.

    Previously, an Arab man from Detroit was caught trying to obtain a job as a school bus driver in New York using fake Social Security documents.

    Authorities fear the school massacre that took place in Beslan, Russia, in 2004 may be a dress rehearsal for what al-Qaida plans to do here. Chechen terrorists tied to al-Qaida seized a building in Beslan on the first day of school and slaughtered 338, including 172 kids.

    Three years later, schools and local police in this country are still unprepared to deal with such an assault. Most don’t have response plans for handling a single active shooter, let alone a cell of trained terrorists.

  • Robert Lande

    I started to type unbelievable and no, I thought, it is believable. How outrageous.

  • Jakareh

    It’s good when things like this happen because it makes it easier to argue that Muslims have to go, every last single one of them.

  • pupsncats

    Not surprised at all.

    We know all universities claim their highest priority is one of inclusiveness and making everyone feel welcome when in reality, they never include anyone who values truth, a real education, anyone who disagrees with liberalism, anyone whose religion is not Islam, and anyone with an ounce of common sense, honesty, courage and integrity.

    • Notalibfool

      Agreed! As a former student services employee (four hellish years) everything you say rings true. The Catholic college I attended and then worked for was nothing but a high-priced liberal indoctrination center.