It is surprising that Swamy lasted as long as he has in Harvard’s hyper-politically correct environment; his original piece ran at Atlas Shrugs on July 16. At Harvard, the wheels of injustice grind more slowly than I would have expected.
In any case, here is another assault on the freedom of speech and another victory for the ongoing Leftist and Islamic supremacist attempts to demonize, stigmatize and marginalize all speech regarding any kind of resistance to jihad terrorism and Islamic supremacism.
“Harvard removes courses taught by Subramanian Swamy,” from PTI, December 8 (thanks to all who sent this in):
NEW YORK: Harvard University has decided to remove courses taught by Janata Party president Subramanian Swamy at its annual summer school session, terming his views as ” reprehensible” in a controversial piece he wrote on Islamic terrorism in India.
At a meeting of Harvard’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences, faculty members voted with an “overwhelming majority” to remove two economics courses – ‘Quantitative Methods in Economics and Business’ and ‘Economic Development in India and East Asia’ – that Swamy teaches at the three-month Harvard Summer School session.
The faculty meeting, convened to approve the 2012 Summer School course catalogue, resulted in a “heated debate” when Comparative Religion Professor Diana Eck proposed an amendment to exclude Swamy’s courses from the catalogue, the Harvard Crimson reported.
In a July op-ed piece for an Indian publication, Swamy had recommended demolishing hundreds of mosques and suggested that only Muslims in India who “acknowledge that their ancestors were Hindus” should be allowed to vote.
Anyone who actually reads Swamy’s piece will see that he recommended the first in response to Muslims targeting Hindu holy places, and the second in response to the jihad to turn India into dar al-Islam. Harsh? Maybe, but Eck and Harvard offer no alternatives for how Hindus can defend themselves from the jihad. They would prefer that they sit back passively and consent to Islamization rather than say something that jars the adherents of the Religion of the Perpetually Offended.
Eck said Swamy’s op-ed “clearly crosses the line by demonising an entire religious community and calling for violence against their sacred places,” adding that Harvard has a moral responsibility not to affiliate itself with anyone who expresses hatred towards a minority group.
And yet Harvard accepted millions from Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, who after 9/11 demonized Israel by suggesting that U.S. Middle East policies provoked the 9/11 attacks. New York Mayor Giuliani was so indignant that he refused the 10 million dollar check Alwaleed had sent him for the rebuilding of New York. But as far as Harvard and the academic establishment in general is concerned, some forms of “demonization” are more acceptable than others.
“There is a distinction between unpopular and unwelcome political views,” Eck said.
That’s an arbitrary distinction. The anti-freedom Left and the Islamic supremacists are working very hard these days to drive all resistance to the global jihad and Islamic supremacism out of the realm of acceptable public discourse. This is just another small victory for them in that effort.
Earlier, more than 400 students had signed a petition calling for Swamy’s removal after Harvard had decided to stand by him, affirming its commitment to free speech principles.
So much for free speech principles.