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Muslim students protest column in student newspaper(OSU in Corvallis,Or.)
OregonLive.com ^ | 3/2/2006, 2:12 p.m. PT | unattributed

Posted on 03/02/2006 4:27:41 PM PST by crazyhorse691

CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) — A student's column in the Oregon State University campus newspaper has prompted protests by Muslim students, who say it is offensive to their faith.

The piece headlined "The Islamic Double Standard" was written by OSU microbiology student Nathanael Blake and published in the Daily Barometer on Feb. 8.

The column accused Muslims of expecting special treatment after a Danish newspaper published cartoons depicting the prophet Muhammad. Riots over the cartoons amounted to "savagery," Blake said. "Bluntly put, we expect Muslims to behave barbarously," his column said.

On Thursday, about a dozen students — including members of Muslim and Arab student groups — held a vigil on the campus to protest both Blake's piece and the Danish cartoons.

They handed out flyers that stated "While staying loyal to the main values of freedom of expression that founded this country, we also feel the need to reflect on the values of tolerance and acceptance on this campus."

Among the students offended by the column was Nada Mohamed, a 20-year-old junior and the vice president of OSU's Muslim Student Association.

"It was amazing to me that they (the campus newspaper) were allowed to publish this kind of stuff," she told the Corvallis Gazette-Times.

"Tears were flowing out of my eyes as I was reading," she said. "I felt like somebody was ripping my heart out."

At the Daily Barometer, editors said e-mail and phone calls poured in. Senior editors have met with the Muslim Student Association.

"The pain that it caused ... did not subside with time," said DD Bixby, the Barometer's editor-in-chief. "It kind of just festered."

She said editors have been checking copy with Muslim students, and on Tuesday deleted one paragraph from a piece scheduled to be published the next day.

Bixby said her staffers are "all pretty much Oregon-type kids" who knew little about Islam and didn't foresee how people would respond to the column.

Blake said that he expected a reaction, but, "I didn't expect it to be this prolonged or this strong."

On Feb. 14, Nada Mohamed's brother, Aly Mohamed, who heads the university's Muslim Student Association, fired back with an op-ed piece titled, "Whose double standard? A response on Islam, Muslims."

"It is quite sad to see the Daily Barometer follow our less-than-civil European media outlets," Mohamed wrote. "There is a lack of distinction between orthodox Islamic values and the actions of a minority of Muslims."

On the same day, Bixby published a piece defending her columnist and the paper's decision to publish the column.

"For me," she wrote, "it would be journalistically irresponsible to only print columns with which no one disagreed."

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Information from: Gazette-Times, http://www.gtconnect.com


TOPICS: News/Current Events; US: Oregon
KEYWORDS: cartoons; censorship; denmark; jihadinamerica; muslims; muslimstudents; terrorists; wot
Muslims upset. It just doesn't seem to take much anymore for them to get upset. I will post the links to the offending column and the angry response as soon as I dig "em out of the web.
1 posted on 03/02/2006 4:27:42 PM PST by crazyhorse691
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To: crazyhorse691

As promised;
link to Blakes column;http://barometer.orst.edu/vnews/display.v/ART/2006/02/08/43e9a83e2a5ed?in_archive=1
Link to response;http://barometer.orst.edu/vnews/display.v/ART/2006/02/14/43f19fe10280d?in_archive=1


2 posted on 03/02/2006 4:31:06 PM PST by crazyhorse691 (Diplomacy doesn't work when seagulls rain on your parade. A shotgun and umbrella does.)
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To: crazyhorse691

"Orthodox Muslim values" = kill all the infidels, especially
Jews and Christians.


3 posted on 03/02/2006 4:33:47 PM PST by beethovenfan
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To: crazyhorse691

The dirka dirkas need chill out and recognize that they're just fueling the flames against their faith by acting like dumbasses.


4 posted on 03/02/2006 4:34:22 PM PST by Firefigher NC (You light ‘em, we fight ‘em!)
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To: crazyhorse691

"our less-than civil European media"?

Beheadings and suicide bombers ARE considered civil?


5 posted on 03/02/2006 4:37:47 PM PST by freeangel ( (free speech is only good until someone else doesn't like what you say))
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To: crazyhorse691
"Tears were flowing out of my eyes as I was reading," she said. "I felt like somebody was ripping my heart out."

Hearing the truth usually hurts a bit.
If she read this book, she's likely to have a fatal stroke.
Because it's an unflinching look at The Prophet, his successors and
their heritage of rape, pillaging, exploitation and subjugation
of anyone who disagreed with them.



"Jihad In The West" by Paul Fregosi

6 posted on 03/02/2006 4:39:45 PM PST by VOA
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To: VOA

If it were a fatwa that the earth is the center of universe - would it be blasphemy to state otherwise?


7 posted on 03/02/2006 4:43:36 PM PST by i.l.e. (Tagline - this space for sale....)
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To: crazyhorse691

"It was amazing to me that they (the campus newspaper) were allowed to publish this kind of stuff," she told the Corvallis Gazette-Times.

"Tears were flowing out of my eyes as I was reading," she said. "I felt like somebody was ripping my heart out."


Muslim organizatons have learned and now know exactly how to play the American people. They now know that all they have to do for the least (what they consider) hint of an insult, universities, government orgs and any authority will fall all over themselves to apologize. This stuff creeps and one day we will wake up and a law will be passed making it a hate crime to critisize a muslim for anything.

This is the USA we still have freedom of the press and most anything can be printed by anyone. Get used to it.

OB


8 posted on 03/02/2006 4:46:32 PM PST by OBone (Support our boys in uniform - TAKE NO PRISONERS)
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To: crazyhorse691
"Tears were flowing out of my eyes as I was reading," she said. "I felt like somebody was ripping my heart out."

You're free to leave the country any time you like. Don't let the door hit you on the butt on the way out.

9 posted on 03/02/2006 4:47:59 PM PST by narby (Evolution is the new "third rail" in American politics)
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To: crazyhorse691
As a Catholic I have visited web sites where the pope is called the anti-Christ, the Catholic Church a cult and the Whore of Babylon, and Catholics are called cannibals, idol worshipers and destined for hell. Do I like it? Heck no! Does it sadden and infuriate me!? Of course! But that's the way it is in a free country. You have to take it on the chin, protest peacefully or in print or else build your own web site to counter it. That's the way it goes in America. You have to have a very thick hide.
10 posted on 03/02/2006 4:54:14 PM PST by Hound of the Baskervilles (Well, Watson, we seem to have fallen upon evil days.)
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To: crazyhorse691
"She said editors have been checking copy with Muslim students, and on Tuesday deleted one paragraph from a piece scheduled to be published the next day."

Nuts.

11 posted on 03/02/2006 4:54:40 PM PST by monkeywrench (Deut. 27:17 Cursed be he that removeth his neighbor's landmark)
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To: crazyhorse691

Wonderful article.
Read it in full and a sampling of the comments too.

makes me wonder where are our youth in all this? What are their thoughts, their leanings?

How aware are they about jihad? And freedom? How brainwashed are they with leftist crap? Does anybody have any theories on the answers?


12 posted on 03/02/2006 4:58:41 PM PST by voletti (Awareness and Equanimity.)
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To: crazyhorse691

I hope so of you are reading some of the comments that folks are posting about this article. Most have email addresses and I'm sure they would like to hear your thoughts. ;)


13 posted on 03/02/2006 4:59:47 PM PST by feedback doctor (Socialism, the opiate of liberals)
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To: monkeywrench

Agree. The editor defends the column and the writer then admits to having Muslims pre-screen her articles for "Islam-o-correctness." No better than the gutless wonders of the American MSM too intimidated to stand with their fellow journalists in Denmark during their hour of need.


14 posted on 03/02/2006 5:01:45 PM PST by Captain Rhino (If you will just abandon logic, these things will make a lot more sense!)
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To: crazyhorse691
The ultimate irony would have been if they had rioted about the column.

She said editors have been checking copy with Muslim students, and on Tuesday deleted one paragraph from a piece scheduled to be published the next day.

Frankly, I'm terribly offended by this.
15 posted on 03/02/2006 5:05:38 PM PST by Mr. Blonde (You know, Happy Time Harry, just being around you kinda makes me want to die.)
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To: crazyhorse691
"While staying loyal to the main values of freedom of expression that founded this country, we also feel the need to reflect on the values of tolerance and acceptance on this campus."


This works both ways and offers the moozies an opportunity to tolerate and accept, which they refuse 100% of the time.

Then she added

"It was amazing to me that they (the campus newspaper) were allowed to publish this kind of stuff,"...

Which proves once again that tolerance and acceptance is not a part of their way of life.

16 posted on 03/02/2006 5:12:54 PM PST by JoeSixPack1
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To: crazyhorse691
Gee, what the heck is this crybaby Muslin whining about? (Where is the pancake picture of the muzzie bunny when you need it) The op-ed article was right on target. If the truth hurts, fix your truth.

From the response:

It is somewhat ironic that although Islam’s Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) is considered to be the most influential person who has ever lived (Michael Hart), and Islam is the fastest growing religion, that it is still misrepresented. The Islamic faith is by and large understood in the West on a level that resembles the ignorance incurred by such groups as the KKK and the Nazis.

That barely deserves a response, but the west thinks of Islam in the same terms the Nazi thought of the Jews and the KKK thought of Blacks.

Jews didn't behead people, treat their women as chattel, subjugate people against their wills to give the Nazi's their excuse to murder them at will

I'm not even going to get into the black issue.

17 posted on 03/02/2006 5:13:42 PM PST by Popman ("What I was doing wasn't living, it was dying. I really think God had better plans for me.")
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To: crazyhorse691
"While staying loyal to the main values of freedom of expression that founded this country, we also feel the need to reflect on the values of tolerance and acceptance on this campus."

Here's how an American would have stated this: "While staying loyal to the main values of freedom of expression that founded our country..."

18 posted on 03/02/2006 5:23:25 PM PST by gotribe (Just tired of going easy on islam)
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To: crazyhorse691
Mohamed wrote. "There is a lack of distinction between orthodox Islamic values and the actions of a minority of Muslims."

Heck yes! That rotten minority of Muslims is trying to shut down freedom of expression, while these orthodox types are...uh...trying...to...shut down freedom of expression. Hmm...here appears to be a distinction without a difference.

19 posted on 03/02/2006 5:24:04 PM PST by Billthedrill
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To: crazyhorse691
More offended muslims. What a shock. No tolerance for the intolerant. No mercy for the merciless. The hell with them.
20 posted on 03/02/2006 5:26:05 PM PST by paul51 (11 September 2001 - Never forget)
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To: voletti

They appear to be aware at UC Irvine. When Islam was called a totalitarian religion, the audience cheered.


21 posted on 03/02/2006 5:29:05 PM PST by bordergal (1)
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To: crazyhorse691

It would seem the muslims jump on any excuse to become "upset". For a supposedly "peace loving people", IMHO, they are unreasonably volatile. I hope OSU will not begin to walk on eggs for them.


22 posted on 03/02/2006 5:35:05 PM PST by Paperdoll (On the cutting edge)
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To: feedback doctor

;) I've sent a few replies!


23 posted on 03/02/2006 6:26:05 PM PST by Uddercha0s
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To: Captain Rhino

The MSM are nothing but gutless a$$kissers. They will not defend their fellows in Denmark (or anywhere else) because to do so would co$t them the opportunity to, perhaps, someday get that exclusive interview with some scum-sucking b*stard like Yasser Arafat(head) or Osama bin Kookburger. They may not get the chance to on a terrorist mission with HAMAS or the Islamic Jihad and get some behind the scene footage of Israelis being maimed and killed. To stand up for their Danish counterparts might actually make them look like something other than the craven little poo-butt elitist pc pro-PLO Che-wanna-be clowns that we all know they are.


24 posted on 03/02/2006 6:52:46 PM PST by attiladhun2 (evolution has both deified and degraded humanity)
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To: crazyhorse691
Did you notice that the rebuttal addresses nothing in the original column? It looks like it could have been written before the column it is apparently rebutting. Muslims are poorer debaters than even feminists.

So Mr. Aly Mohammad, (why is it idolatrous to draw a picture of him but every other Muslim shares his name?) did your profit boink a nine year old or not? It’s a provocative assertion that casts doubt on his apparent holiness. What say you?

Kudos Mr. Blake. Absolutely outstanding.

25 posted on 03/02/2006 7:11:52 PM PST by Minn
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To: crazyhorse691
I really like this little gem from the comments section:

What you have shown your fellow OSU students is that you are very ignorant.

Remember this - violence comes in many forms. You, my brotha, have just demonstrated that. Whether you strap bombs, blow up churches, riot, publish degrading cartoons, or write hateful articles VIOLENCE IS VIOLENCE. So, thank you for your contribution to hatred.

PS - before you graduate, do society a favor and take some history and religion courses -maybe even travel around the world and meet some people - educate yourself.

Oh, and word of advise - stick to microbiology.

Peace~

marvat obeidi Student Portland

26 posted on 03/02/2006 8:20:42 PM PST by Minn
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