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Rutgers, the state university of New Jersey, is the eighth oldest in the nation, founded ten years before the colonies declared their independence from Britain, and consistently ranked in the top 25 universities in the country.

Presumably, such a distinguished institution of higher learning would be able to teach its students an understanding of the First Amendment to the United States Constitution: “Congress shall make no law… or abridging the freedom of speech…”

Yet in another capitulation to Muslims who do not hold such guarantees dear and look to erase them from our public life, Rutgers’ student newspaper not only apologized for a depiction of Muhammad in an issue, but actually reprinted the issue without the offending image.

In fact, the university tracked down and destroyed every issue that could be found.

The Gleaner published a drawing of Muhammad, Buddha and Jesus in a bar, triggering a demand from the Muslim Brotherhood campus group – yes, there really is a Muslim Brotherhood presence on the campus of the New Jersey state university – that the image be deleted.

“Even though freedom of speech and press is emphasized and is something all of us value as proud Americans, the University prides itself on diversity of people of different faith and backgrounds so we feel that it is necessary to respect those faiths and backgrounds by honoring their beliefs.”

Despite the reference to “all of us as proud Americans,” the Muslim Students Association turns the concept of freedom of speech on its ear making it something more like freedom from speech instead.

Editor-in-Chief Christopher Church issued an apology and in a particularly Stalin-esque move to rewrite history, the entire issue was reprinted without the cartoon.

The student body might not appreciate future demands by an increasingly empowered Muslim Brotherhood group that could find sandals and shorts offensive, demand an end to co-ed classes, or ban homosexuals.

In an atmosphere where even the pretense of offense must be avoided at all costs, including the abdication of our guaranteed rights, every capitulation is a step toward the tyranny the Founding Fathers feared.



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