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Op-Ed: Racism and intolerance: disappointing at a liberal university
The Stanford Daily ^ | February 15, 2008 | Mike Lucas

Posted on 02/16/2008 12:48:31 PM PST by forkinsocket

Let me first address the “racism” remarks and the accusation of me being “racist” [“Adult film star’s remarks spark debate,” Feb. 14]. I was disappointed (but not very surprised) by the reaction that I got from some of the students at Stanford (as I’ve been wrongly accused of racism before).

Speaking of racism in relation to religion, not to a race, is a big disservice to language and to intelligence. I never in my life said or wrote a bad word about Arabs — go read any of my articles. My criticism was always addressed towards the religion and ideology of Islam. So I would like to ask Stanford students not to exploit the word ‘racism’ at their own convenience. It’s shocking to me that some students do not know what that term means but handle it with such wanton impudence. Maybe such a hole in the education should be brought to the attention of the teaching faculty of your university.

In fact, some of my role models are Arabs for whom I have tremendous admiration. I’m talking about the likes of Wafa Sultan, who has confronted and condemned Islam on many occasions and for whose lectures I will travel across the country, and Ayaan Hirsi Ali, whose book “Infidel” also helped me to shape my opinions. Both of these women secularized, as Islam in their opinion is the ideology of backwardness and hate. They rightly point out that Islam hasn’t changed, or evolved, for 1,400 years; it has always suppressed every progressive thought. Needless to say, these women were forced to live in exile in the United States and live with hired security 24 hours a day. As I hope you know, Islam does not forgive. It forbids any criticism. Think Salman Rushdie. Think Theo Van Gogh, for his portrayal of the misery of women in Muslim countries. Think of the Danish cartoonists who are hiding in safe houses. The list is long.

What fostered my distain for Islam? The contempt that Muslim men vomit on women, treating them with less respect than camels. That includes the infibulation — female circumcision — of young girls; the imposition of chadors and burqas; the decapitation of adulterous wives (but never adulterous husbands); the fact that, in most Muslim countries, women cannot go to school, see a doctor or even leave their own houses without a male escort; the approval of polygamy; the arranged marriages that involve girls as young as 9; the barring of women from taking part in public life or in any receptions, even those of their own weddings; the death penalty for drinkers of alcohol; the mutilation penalty for thieves; the public killings of homosexuals. Doesn’t all of this originate from the Koran? Have you ever thought that, instead of protesting me, you should protest against those atrocities, maybe organizing some short demonstration in front of Muslim embassies? Why instead are you unleashing your hate against one who speaks against those crimes? Why are you denying my right to compare the Koran, the text in which these facts originate, to Hitler’s “Mein Kampf?” The Koran, that for 1,400 years has tormented humanity more than the Bible, the Gospels and the Torah combined? Do not suppress or boycott someone who has a different opinion, even if you disagree with this opinion. Debate it. Argue it. In a civilized manner. Otherwise, what is the difference between you and Islam?

I do very well realize where this reaction is coming from. Stanford is a liberal university, and I very much hope that the good word “liberalism” is not degraded in your institution as it has been degraded by the likes of Michael Moore, Rosie O’Donnell, Ward Churchill, Noam Chomsky and many others. I hope the word “liberal” in the mind of Stanford students still means “progressive” and “broad-minded.” The left symbolizes progress. At least, it has done so in the past. It has always stood for women’s rights, for gay rights, for the rights of African-Americans. The reaction which I see today at Stanford demonstrates to me that there are changes in the left and that these changes are for the worst. What I read today in The Stanford Daily is nothing more than intellectual terrorism. A dogmatism that I can only compare to one of religion. (If-you-don’t-think-what-I-think,-you-are-an-idiot-and-a-delinquent.) It’s difficult for me to understand how the progressive left can defend the most backwards and reactionary ideology on earth, the ideology of Islam.

Gay pornographic actor and activist Michael Lucas is the CEO and founder of Lucas Entertainment, a New York-based gay adult film company.


TOPICS: Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: gays; highereducation; islam; liberals; racism; stanford
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1 posted on 02/16/2008 12:48:34 PM PST by forkinsocket
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To: forkinsocket

This is just a preview of the coming clash of radical Islam with Western liberals.

They are heading towards each other at the speed of light.


2 posted on 02/16/2008 12:51:24 PM PST by A_Former_Democrat
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To: A_Former_Democrat

Don’t worry, Barak will save us...

Sure he will.


3 posted on 02/16/2008 12:54:24 PM PST by kjo
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To: forkinsocket

He’s right though. The hilarious part about this will be that the Left will disown him and practice great intolerance toward his view.

Simply because his view does not fit in with the Left’s dogma.


4 posted on 02/16/2008 1:12:14 PM PST by VeniVidiVici (Benedict Arnold was against the Terrorist Surveillance Program)
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To: A_Former_Democrat

There’s not going to be any “clash of radical Islam with Western liberals.”

99% of them are going to grow beards or don burkas and join the mob. The one percent who don’t will disappear in the night, their fates noted only in places like FreeRepublic.


5 posted on 02/16/2008 1:17:54 PM PST by Steely Tom (Steely's First Law of the Main Stream Media: if it doesn't advance the agenda, it's not news.)
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To: forkinsocket

Go to the article and read the comments; some of them are unintentionally hysterical!


6 posted on 02/16/2008 1:19:09 PM PST by Grut
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To: Steely Tom

DING DING DING!!

We have a winner! Hold all cards, please!


7 posted on 02/16/2008 1:22:10 PM PST by Old Sarge (CTHULHU '08 - I won't settle for a lesser evil any longer!)
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To: forkinsocket
Why are you denying my right to compare the Koran, the text in which these facts originate, to Hitler’s “Mein Kampf?”

Godwin's Law in four paragraphs. Not bad for a Leftist.

Although he DOES win the kewpie Doll for moral clarity - even if it DOES come from a gay porn star.

8 posted on 02/16/2008 1:24:40 PM PST by Old Sarge (CTHULHU '08 - I won't settle for a lesser evil any longer!)
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To: forkinsocket

Well, I don’t have much sympathy for a gay pornographic film star, but if anyone is qualified to present the liberal point of view, it’s someone like this guy.

I doubt whether the student paper would have given just anyone the chance to say something like this.

I wonder if he’s going to get sued for copyright infringement for calling his adult gay pornographic film company Lucas Entertainment. It’s not quite LucasFilms, but it’s close!


9 posted on 02/16/2008 1:26:46 PM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: forkinsocket

Thanks for the post.Good article from an unlikely source.Never heard of this guy-gay porno actor and activist,and he’s speaking out against Islam?”It’s difficult for me to understand how the progressive left can defend the most backwards and reactionary ideology on earth,the ideology of Islam.”Simple-the enemy of my enemy is my friend.


10 posted on 02/16/2008 1:28:09 PM PST by Thombo2
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To: Grut
Go to the article and read the comments; some of them are unintentionally hysterical!

Indeed they are! Mr. Lucas treated with contempt because:
1. He's a Jew (I don't know whether it is true or not, but it's what they say);
2. Sympathizes with Israel (again, see above);
3. Gay

Most hilarious is this - according to some comments Mr. Lucas does not see the difference (supposedly) between Islam as religion (which is good and represents 1B people) and its followers, who are - ta-da - looks like all bad: autocratic, tyrannical, tribal, culturally backward, etc. These loons are chastising Mr. Lucas while making his exact point!
11 posted on 02/16/2008 1:48:12 PM PST by alecqss
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To: alecqss

I kid you not. When I went to the Stanford Daily page to read this article and the comments, what was the first ad I saw? “SingleMuslim.com, USA’s leading Muslim marriage service.”

The jokes, they just write themselves.

}:-)4


12 posted on 02/16/2008 2:03:20 PM PST by Moose4 (Hey GOP...don't move toward the middle. Move the middle toward us.)
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To: forkinsocket

Pieces like this one put the issues into better focus. In the West we have essentially three different forces: Western traditionalists, Western progressives, and Islam. All three have very different interests, but the Islamists have had a lot of success in recent years in playing secularists off against traditionalists, often using the race card as with this example.

At any rate, the West has no chance of surviving the Islamist movement unless traditionalists and progressives join forces on this issue. As such, the article is welcome, gay porn star or not.


13 posted on 02/16/2008 2:32:01 PM PST by denydenydeny (Expel the priest and you don't inaugurate the age of reason, you get the witch doctor--Paul Johnson)
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To: Moose4
SingleMuslim.com

Any women that post pictures of themselves there are automatically disqualified...

14 posted on 02/16/2008 2:37:38 PM PST by glorgau
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To: alecqss

“2. Sympathizes with Israel (again, see above);
3. Gay “
No, he is “3. Queer” as in a social deviant and deserves to be perjorified. And a queer pornoPusher at that. Porno is NOT a 1st Amendment right and needs to be banned as much as RoeVWade and for much the same reasons. It undermines the integrety and decentcy and solidity of a heteroGodly famly-based society.

Just because the Muslims attack Queers does negate the correctness of doing so. Queers are as much the enemy as are the Muslims. Recall that the Culture War is a 3-way fight and that the enemy of my enemy is still my enemy also.


15 posted on 02/16/2008 2:49:08 PM PST by buffaloKiller ("No liberal is my brother, under the skin they are Orcs. Serving and doing evil endlessly.")
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To: buffaloKiller

“Just because the Muslims attack Queers does negate the correctness of doing so. Queers are as much the enemy as are the Muslims. Recall that the Culture War is a 3-way fight and that the enemy of my enemy is still my enemy also.”

Should read “Just because the Muslims attack Queers does not negate the correctness of doing so.”


16 posted on 02/16/2008 2:51:51 PM PST by buffaloKiller ("No liberal is my brother, under the skin they are Orcs. Serving and doing evil endlessly.")
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To: denydenydeny

For a more focused attack on the Muslim invasion go to BNP.org.uk as they are the only political force staged to give the Arabs/Muslims and their marxistLiberal / neoCommunist allies a good whacking in the upcoming elections. BNP also recognises that the Queers are a threat to the British society in the same way that they are here because they are allied with neoCommunists.

The “racism” bait is such nonsense and an old commie agitprop smoke screen. When racism is good for one then it is good for all but that is not the purpose of the commie use of the term.
In the marxistLiberal/neoCommunist assualt against the West it means “only whites” can not uphold the goodness of their race but ALL other races are to be “protected” from us evil white guys until the whites recant and approve of the neoComms punishment of us. Until whites fully embrace their “sins of being white” we are to be pilliored and spanked in public.
NUTS TO THAT BS !!!


17 posted on 02/16/2008 3:05:52 PM PST by buffaloKiller ("No liberal is my brother, under the skin they are Orcs. Serving and doing evil endlessly.")
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To: buffaloKiller
Just because the Muslims attack Queers does not negate the correctness of doing so.

Depends on what you mean by "attack", no? You up for stonings?

18 posted on 02/16/2008 3:08:12 PM PST by Minn (Here is a realistic picture of the prophet: ----> ([: {()
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To: Old Sarge

Actually, Godwin’s Law really isn’t appropriate as a critique because, well, he’s actually comparing apples to apples - institutionalized anti-Semitism to the ritualized institutional anti-Semitism. So I’d argue he earns a pass on this.


19 posted on 02/16/2008 3:21:03 PM PST by Republicanus_Tyrannus
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To: A_Former_Democrat
This is just a preview of the coming clash of radical Islam with Western liberals. They are heading towards each other at the speed of light.

No fat chance.

As long as radical islam doesn't touch their own lives personally, and it happens over there, in some anti-American police state, they'll support it, champion it, defend it, protect it.
20 posted on 02/16/2008 3:27:26 PM PST by parisa
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To: Old Sarge
Although he DOES win the kewpie Doll for moral clarity - even if it DOES come from a gay porn star.

I wouldn't call his article "moral clarity" in the least. He has reached a state of practical clarity, in that he suddenly realizes that his own ideological brethren are attacking him for standing up for the ideology that they are all supposed to believe - gay rights, women's rights, the right to be amoral whores, etc. It appears to have occurred to him that the mob mentality of the Left has gone so far in its irrationality that it is committing suicide. He has only now realized, from a practical perspective, where all of this is leading.

However, he has yet to realize that the suicidal mob mentality of the Left is the inevitable result of this type of thinking. Once you use the politics of racial and ethnic victimhood as your mainstay, you are headed on this path whether you know it or not. If this guy were ever to understand that it is the politics of the left that lead to this mess every time, that would be a moment of moral clarity. Right now he is just worried that the immoral tactics he has always employed are about to bite him in the butt.
21 posted on 02/16/2008 3:40:00 PM PST by fr_freak (So foul a sky clears not without a storm)
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To: forkinsocket
Thanks for the post.

Rarely does one see an op-ed that is quite so full of such shocking and contradictory revelations.

22 posted on 02/16/2008 3:41:55 PM PST by okie01 (THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA: Ignorance on Parade)
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To: fr_freak
Right now he is just worried that the immoral tactics he has always employed are about to bite him in the butt.

Wouldn't he enjoy that? Or at least, film it?

23 posted on 02/16/2008 3:42:04 PM PST by Old Sarge (CTHULHU '08 - I won't settle for a lesser evil any longer!)
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To: Minn

“Depends on what you mean by “attack”, no? You up for stonings?”

Clever notions eh?!! You want stoning then come out of your hajib and be the Muslim ??!! Me, I use more precise weapons. Too clever by half an inch !!

Attacks means just what it says in the dictionary.
Here in the West we do all sorts of actions called attacks but the end product is to thwart and defeat the enemy in the conflict at hand. If the current 2nd American Civil War - aka the Culture War/local version - continues in its present pattern then we will most assuredly have some very bloody moments before the end of the war.


24 posted on 02/16/2008 3:52:55 PM PST by buffaloKiller ("No liberal is my brother, under the skin they are Orcs. Serving and doing evil endlessly.")
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To: buffaloKiller
Attacks means just what it says in the dictionary.

Pretty weak. I see 14 different definitions ranging from insults to bombs.

Objecting to the homosexuals, their behavior, and their negative cultural effects is on thing. Writing cryptic rants calling for violence, and placing them on the same plane as jihadists, is another. Just the kind of thing DU types point to when trying to claim we have as many kooks as they do. Compensating for something?

25 posted on 02/16/2008 6:46:34 PM PST by Minn (Here is a realistic picture of the prophet: ----> ([: {()
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To: forkinsocket

ping


26 posted on 02/16/2008 10:03:16 PM PST by wintertime (Good ideas win! Why? Because people are not stupid.)
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To: buffaloKiller
“Just because the Muslims attack Queers does not negate the correctness of doing so.”

"If Hitler were to invade Hell, I should at least stand in the Commons and say a few words on behalf of the Devil". - Winston Churchill

27 posted on 02/17/2008 5:12:23 AM PST by Grut
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To: A_Former_Democrat
This is definately going to be the show to watch.

Liberals have not a clue what is in store.

On the other hand, I do.

An American Expat in Southeast Asia

28 posted on 02/17/2008 5:14:19 AM PST by expatguy ("An American Expat in Southeast Asia" - New & Improved - Now with Search)
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To: Steely Tom

“their fates noted only in places like FreeRepublic”

Fascinating. FR as the keeper and guardian of modern illuminated manuscripts and other priceless documents. Absolutely fascinating thought.


29 posted on 02/17/2008 5:17:51 AM PST by combat_boots (She lives! 22 weeks, 9.5 inches. Go, baby, go!)
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To: expatguy

“When the day of maturity comes, and it will, these bonds will be repaid with English blood and not with sterling.”

AmExPat, you don’t by any chance have a beard, wear animal skin and live simply near a river, do you? Even so, stay away from your own Herod Antipas and Salome.


30 posted on 02/17/2008 5:25:50 AM PST by combat_boots (She lives! 22 weeks, 9.5 inches. Go, baby, go!)
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To: combat_boots
"AmExPat, you don’t by any chance have a beard, wear animal skin and live simply near a river, do you? Even so, stay away from your own Herod Antipas and Salome."

Thankfully no.

And forgive me, but what is the connection with the baby killer?

31 posted on 02/17/2008 5:36:02 AM PST by expatguy ("An American Expat in Southeast Asia" - New & Improved - Now with Search)
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To: expatguy

“The voice of one crying in the wilderness...”

Antipas was the son. And Salome wanted John’s head, remember?


32 posted on 02/17/2008 5:45:55 AM PST by combat_boots (She lives! 22 weeks, 9.5 inches. Go, baby, go!)
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To: combat_boots

Ok gotcha - remember to donate before they come for my head


33 posted on 02/17/2008 5:52:51 AM PST by expatguy ("An American Expat in Southeast Asia" - New & Improved - Now with Search)
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