Stating the obvious these days can get you labeled a “hater.”
Professor Carol Swain of Vanderbilt University, the “hater” dares touch on an issue that those with less backbone. Swain’s “hate” was directed at Islamic terrorists, where she commented:
What would it take to make us admit we were wrong about Islam? What horrendous attack would finally convince us that Islam is not like other religions in the United States, that it poses an absolute danger to us and our children unless it is monitored better than it has been under the Obama administration?
Dr. Swaim goes on to say:
The Jan. 7 terrorist attack resulting in 12 deaths at the Paris offices of Charlie Hebdo, a satirical magazine that committed the apparently unpardonable sin of lampooning the Prophet Muhammad, once again illustrates that Islam is a dangerous set of beliefs totally incompatible with Western beliefs concerning freedom of speech, freedom of assembly and freedom of association.
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Hardly incendiary, and just a statement of fact. Yet, undergraduate student Farishtay Yamin was quoted in the Vanderbilt student paper, “The Hustler.”
“Hate speech cannot tear us apart—Muslims, just as each religious group, have contributed enormously to our campus in both the sciences and the arts, in our political climate, in our sports, in our student government—the list goes on.”
Truth is not hate-speech. Charlie Hebdo is no longer in the news cycle, but we can’t go back to pre-Hebdo, as post-911 is the reality. How soon we have forgotten.
For the record, who CARES if they call us haters! It’s time we worry less about what we are called, and stay focused on the reality of radical Islam!