'We will fight you'

"'We will fight you'" Continued...

Issue: "A second chance," Nov. 20, 2010

UCI, like other college campuses, appears to be entangled in a discussion about First Amendment rights. The crux of the disagreement centers on the definitions of free speech and hate speech and to whom these rules apply. Radical Muslims maintain a double standard-one that regards any negative comment about Islam or Muhammad as hate speech (and deserving of punishment or death, according to some) but considers violent rhetoric against Israel and the Jewish people a duty, according to Islamist interpretations of the Koran, and a constitutional right under the First Amendment.

MSU leaders have historically avoided the media spotlight and have attempted to keep both media and non-Muslim students from attending their meetings or filming their events, but one post-protest gathering after a 2007 speech at UCI by Daniel Pipes is on tape: "It's just a matter of time before the state of Israel will be wiped off the face of the earth. . . . Our weapon, our jihad, our way of struggling in this country is with our tongues. We speak out and we deflate their morale, and it's the best we can do right now. And our brothers and sisters on the other side of the world are handling business in their own way. May Allah give them strength."


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