Just three months after suffering an Islamic terrorist attack, Ohio State University is back in the press for inviting guest speaker to come and lecture the students on their Islamaphobia.
Whilst still reeling from the shock events, students will be watching a lecture on “The Dangers of Islamaphobia.” According to the Daily Caller, the lecture will be given by author Nathan Lean, who will tell students about the “pernicious phenomenon” of Islamophobia that has reached “a fevered pitch” in American society.
Students on campus at OSU were reluctant to speak to press, but one student on condition of anonymity said:
“I will spout off about any other topic, but OSU has made it clear that this topic is untouchable,” he told the student news service. “I feel as a student at a public institution that I am being silenced. If I am a free thinker I should be allowed to question Islam, its writings, its prophet, and teachings just like fundamentalist Christian values are questioned everyday here at OSU. This does not promote dialogue but rather writes everyone right of the aisle off as the potential perpetrators of hate crimes.”
He fears being “censured” for offering an opinion other than those permitted by OSU.
Ohio State’s website says that Lean will assess “Islamophobia’s causes, consequences, and highlight some of the underlying dynamics that have animated it in recent history” while lecturing the students on how their misguided fear has reached “a fevered pitch.”
Any phobia is defined as an “irrational fear”. This being something that would seem ridiculous in likelihood or seriousness. The students at OSU have experienced Islamic terror first hand on their doorstep, it is no longer an unlikely situation, yet they are not out protesting Islam. By what right does OSU claim that their “misguided fear has reached “a fevered pitch” ?