[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Yet another university is succumbing to intolerance on the part of Muslims who have demanded that the planned screening of American Sniper, the blockbuster movie about the life of Chris Kyle, the most lethal sniper in American history, be canceled. The University of Maryland has suspended indefinitely the planned screening of American Sniper on campus caving to Muslim students who claim the movie is Islamophobic, racist, and nationalistic.[/vc_column_text][banner300 banner=”5517620b381df”][vc_column_text]The Muslim Students Association circulated a petition against the showing of the movie. They said, American Sniper only perpetuates the spread of Islamophobia and is offensive to many Muslims around the world for good reason. This movie dehumanizes Muslim individuals, promotes the idea of senseless mass murder, and portrays negative and inaccurate stereotypes.”
It only took 318 signatures for the University of Maryland to condone the insults about Chris Kyle and America by agreeing to not show the movie. The group Student Entertainment Events (SEE) was to screen the movie on May 6 and 7. They released a statement that was posted on the university’s website indicating that they have indeed caved to the bullying and insults by the Muslim student group. These actions also condone the defamation by the Muslim Students Association about a true American hero.
Student Entertainment Events (SEE) has decided to postpone its May 6th and 7thscreenings of American Sniper after meeting with concerned student organizations. SEE is choosing to explore the proactive measures of working with others during the coming months to possibly create an event where students can engage in constructive and moderated dialogues about the controversial topics proposed in the film.
SEE supports freedom of expression and hopes to create space for the airing of opposing viewpoints and differing perceptions. In the event this opportunity develops, we encourage the University of Maryland campus citizens to join us in crafting this type of ongoing community dialogue. While not easy, we want to start having these hard conversations.
The group continued their statement indicating that the film would not be shown on campus at all this semester. There was no indication if or when it would be rescheduled.[/vc_column_text][banner300 banner=”553157113d3ff”][vc_column_text]The Muslim student group praised the decision by SEE with a hypocritical statement praising SEE for exercising the First Amendment by stripping the same rights away from those with whom they disagree. They also gave praise to Allah.
We would like to extend our official regards of recognition and appreciation to Student Entertainment Events for making the thoughtful and admirably difficult decision to remove the film American Sniper from this year’s spring movie series. We sincerely appreciate your commitment to exercising your freedom of speech to create an inclusive, just, and safe campus community. As is customary etiquette in our religious community, we ask that you forgive us for any intentional and unintentional offense.
To the organizations and individuals who helped to enact some serious change on this campus, we are very grateful to you all. We encourage everyone to use events like this one to reflect on ways in which we can all work together to improve our social climate.
“O you who have believed, be persistently standing firm in justice, witnesses for Allah , even if it be against yourselves or parents and relatives. Whether one is rich or poor, Allah is more worthy of both. So follow not [personal] inclination, lest you not be just. And if you distort [your testimony] or refuse [to give it], then indeed Allah is ever, with what you do, Acquainted.” (4:135)
Earlier this month, the University of Michigan pulled the showing of American Sniper after similar complaints and accusations about Kyle and the film from Muslim students. They quickly backtracked after their decision was brought to national prominence in part because of a tweet by new football coach Jim Harbaugh, who was a star football player at Michigan during his college days.
After learning that Michigan also caved to Muslim students about the screening of American Sniper, Harbaugh tweeted, “Michigan Football will watch “American Sniper”! Proud of Chris Kyle & Proud to be an American & if that offends anybody then so be it!”
Kyle served America on four tours in Iraq as part of the elite SEAL Team 3. He and his friend, Chad Littlefield, were murdered on February 2, 2013 at a shooting range in Texas while helping Eddie Ray Routh, a veteran who suffered from PTSD. Routh was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole on February 24, 2015 for the murder of Kyle and Littlefield.
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