Radical Islamist critics of America and Israel have been welcomed to speak and agitate on the campus. Muslim and leftist enemies of America, Israel, and capitalism are permitted to hold prominent, vitriolic exhibitions and rallies in the center of the campus.
|UCI police threatened not to protect, but to arrest Dr. Terry Jones & Pastor|
Wayne Sapp for speaking on campus without permit the school won't grant
Dr. Terry Jones, Independent presidential candidate and leader of Stand With America Now ("SWAN") had intended to speak at the "soap box" outdoor forum at the "flagpoles" on the Univ of Calif at Irvine campus on December 1st. His group says that they filed the necessary formal requests- but the college did not respond and did not reply to their follow-up inquiries.
They announced that they would be seeking to stage a small outdoor forum anyway, but the Administration did not respond. Muslim activist groups, however, were organizing a counter-protest to the SWAN appearance. On the night before the scheduled rally, sheriffs from Irvine phoned and offered Dr. Jones and Pastor Wayne Sapp to escort their car to the University campus. Militant Muslims have announced a $2 million dollar bounty for anyone to kill Dr. Jones, and specific threats came in related to his appearing at UCI. When the sheriffs arrived, they informed SWAN that they would be bringing them to meet with the UCI Campus Police first.
|(From right:) Rabbi Nachum Shifren with Pastor Wayne Sapp|
Rabbi Nachum Shifren, a candidate for US Senate from California who was on campus waiting to watch the SWAN forum, was told by police that there would be no rally and that he was considered trespassing. Campus police physically escorted him off of the campus. He compares his experience here with Pastor Sapp.
Rabbi Shifren relates his opinion about why UC Irvine's chancellor had campus police deny the SWAN's campus access. Shifren believes that political-Islamic groups and financiers have an influence on creating the strong, pro-Islamic academic and social atmosphere at the Irvine branch of the Univ of California.
Dr. Jones discusses the administration's selective banning his presence, and discusses the message that the school censored Stand With American Now from presenting. Was the school prejudiced in denying Dr. Jones' free-speech message?
Pastor Sapp discusses the SWAN views that Muslims challenge with violence.
Dr. Jones and Pastor Sapp give their view of the message that the UCI imbroglio conveys- that all sides of controversial speech should be welcome dialogue on campus- and that the the public should demand that the university administrators provide ample protection for controversial conservative speakers, as they do for controversial Islamist speakers.
Are campus administrators obliged to have taken sufficient safety precautions in order to ensure SWAN's ability to speak on the campus?