Last Tuesday, while I was speaking at NYU, Leftist students created a diversion and threw pies at me and the other speaker, Elan Journo (they missed me, but got Journo on the shoulder).
1. This is assault.
2. This shows the utter intellectual bankruptcy of the Left. They can’t answer arguments, so they try to shut down the speakers instead.
3. This shows the Left’s thuggery and lack of commitment to free speech and free inquiry.
4. The choice of pies as weapons is intended to ridicule the victims, even if the pies were filled with noxious and/or poisonous substances, thus accomplishing not only the disruption of the event but the portrayal of the victim as a clown, not worth taking seriously (which of course is one of the Alinsky rules).
Here are two accounts of the event (thanks to James):
“NYC: Racist Warmonger Gets Pied,” from Infoshop News, November 21:
NYU students disrupted a university event this evening featuring Robert Spencer from “Jihad Watch” and Elan Journo from the “Ayn Rand Institute for Individual Freedom.” Students called out the panelists for their Islamophobic, warmongering hate-rhetoric, shouting and launching pies at the speakers. One student was detained, and several were escorted out of the building.
Ironically enough, the “Islamophobic, warmongering hate-rhetoric” that prompted the little Stalinist to stand up and start shouting was my quoting Maulana Maududi, the internationally influential Pakistani jihad theorist.
The event, entitled “The Jihad Still Threatens America,” encouraged viscous Islamophobia and promoted aggressive military intervention in majority Muslim nations.
“Viscous” Islamophobia, as opposed to the usual clear and thin Islamophobia.
Speaker Elan Journo actively promotes devastating attacks on Iran, claiming that “victory in World War II required flattening cities, firebombing factories, shops and homes, devastating vast tracts of Germany and Japan…. Victory today requires the same: smashing Iran’s totalitarian regime and thus demoralizing the Islamist movement and its many supporters, so that they, too, abandon their cause as futile.” Fear-mongering comments such as these promote the expansion of US imperialism, and contribute to the wave of anti-Muslim hate that is sweeping our nation….
Where? What anti-Muslim hate? And note that Muslim hate and terror appears to be just fine with these guys.
While it is disturbing to see hate being expressed on such institutional levels on our campuses, the students’ refusal to be silent is an inspiration to us all.
Yes, violence in the name of suppressing free speech sure is an inspiration.
Here is the other, apparently mocking the self-contradictory stance of the “tolerancemongers”:
“NYU Tolerancemongers Attack Intolerance With Pie,” by Hamilton Nolan for Gawker, November 19:
Last week, Forbes columnist and NYU professor Tunku Varadarajan won our Outrage-off for his column about crazy Muslim murderers lurking amongst us. NYU radicals have struck back with a revolutionary pie-ing of Varadarajan’s Islamaphobic allies!
A member of the NYU revolutionary vanguard alerted us to the pie-ing, and her note is reprinted in full below. The victims were Elan Journo of the Ayn Rand Center for Individual Rights, and Robert Spencer from “Jihad Watch,” both of whom were there to talk about how there is apparently a Jihad, threatening America? Did you know about this?
Anyhow the kids were not about to let this intolerance of opposing viewpoints stand, so they interrupted the guys with a pie assault. Spencer himself writes about his close brush with whipped cream here. One eyewitness account says the two speakers “ended up largely unscathed.” Our tipster tells us that the revolutionary cameraperson assigned to film the pie-ing for propaganda purposes “was tackled by security at the very beginning and didn’t get any footage.”
How are we supposed to repel the Jihadists if our military-age youth can’t even stage a proper pie attack? Very troubling indeed….