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NYU Suppresses Free Speech About Islam By: Dr. Yaron Brook
FrontPageMagazine.com | Friday, March 31, 2006

Wednesday, in a shameful act, NYU broke its own official policy and denied free speech to its students.

After having approved the display of the Danish cartoons of the prophet Muhammad for a panel discussion on free speech hosted by a student group, NYU's administration reversed its decision in the face of Muslim protests.

A day before the panel discussion was to take place, NYU gave the student event organizers a non-negotiable ultimatum: if you display the cartoons we will close the event to non-NYU guests. This was in spite of the fact that NYU's own rules leave this decision to the student sponsoring organization.

And even though the students opted for not showing the cartoons, NYU barred entry to at least two journalists and more than 30 registered guests. Even after learning that Muslim students had sabotaged the event by acquiring and destroying two hundred tickets to leave as many seats empty, NYU officials still refused to allow non-NYU guests to enter.

In caving in to fear, in restricting and obstructing attendance, in forbidding the display of the Danish cartoons, NYU handed a victory to the Islamic totalitarians and their facilitators. In standing up to the destroyers of free speech, the NYU student sponsors of the free speech panel showed the courage that the NYU officials lack.

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The event at NYU  is part of a series of panel discussions on free speech arranged by the Ayn Rand Institute in its ongoing campaign to bring the Danish cartoons to the widest possible audience.

See the 12 Danish cartoons at the Ayn Rand Institute's website.

Get more information on ARI's Campaign in Defense of Free Speech at American universities here.

Dr. Yaron Brook is the president and executive director of the Ayn Rand Institute. He has served in Israeli Army Intelligence, founded three companies, and taught Finance at Santa Clara University.

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