For all the sturm and drang that Stanford’s fascist community has raised about my scheduled appearance there Tuesday, it is still a university-sanctioned event. Yet the staff of FroSoCo, or FSC, the Freshman Sophomore College, a dormitory at Stanford, has sent out an email urging students to report other students to the university, apparently for disciplinary action, for the crime of posting posters advertising my event.
Because I am, you see, a “self-proclaimed Islamophobe” — apparently the talking point of choice that the fascists have settled on to try to discredit me before I say a word at Stanford. It also appears here and here and here. The Stanford fascists want to give you the impression that I’m in favor of prejudice or vigilante attacks against innocent Muslims, when in reality I am an “Islamophobe” in the sense of opposing jihad terror, discrimination against women, gays, and non-Muslims, and the denial of the freedom of speech. In that sense, everyone should be an “Islamophobe.”
Anyway, whatever I am, this is outrageous, and another example of the Left’s attempt to criminalize opposing points of view, as the fascists did. Do the Stanford fascists at FroSoCo realize that they are fascists? No, they think they are standing righteously against “hate,” when in fact by demonizing and attempting to marginalize dissenting views, they are trying to kick out one of the primary supports of a free society. Look at the heavy layer of intimidation and menace that they are placing upon conservative students. I applaud those students who support the event and will come to it despite this intimidation.
Recently, we’ve seen various messages of intolerance within the public spaces of the dorm–posters advertising a talk by a self-proclaimed Islamophobe, messages on the whiteboards that attack immigrants. As a staff, we do not support these views and believe they are antithetical to our north star of creating a dorm community where we treat others with love and seek to understand difference. Islamophobia, xenophobia, fear and hatred of “others” are real and damaging forces at work in American society–but they are not something to be proud of, and are not something that belongs in FroSoCo.
Nor do they belong at Stanford. If you witness an act of intolerance, we encourage you to report it to the university. The official reporting protocol can be found at this link.
We encourage people to reach out to staff and to one another if you want to talk through these topics. Within the dorm we want to promote conversations in good faith about things that matter to you, and are not interested in censoring residents’ opinions. But we are a dorm that comes from a broad spectrum of backgrounds and has a broad spectrum of experiences. Remember that no matter what group you’re talking about, they are real people who may live in community with you, and as such we have a responsibility to one another. Love is a verb and we show it through our actions.
These are divisive times and many groups and identities are under attack. Whatever is going on in the outside world we want everyone to know that FroSoCo remains a home for all of its residents, no matter where you come from or what you believe, and that you are safe and welcome and valued here.