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Friday, September 11, 2015

Muslim Students Try To Ban American Hero

Colleges today are havens of left-wing thought and those who go against the flow are often discriminated against. Political correctness is usually the rule on campus. At the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, some Muslim students wanted to make sure that no students were allowed to see a movie that they claim made them feel “unsafe.” The movie called American Sniper tells the story of Navy Seal Chris Kyle, an American hero. When a proposed campus screening was scheduled on the University campus, members of the Muslim Student Association and other students signed a letter of protest against the showing and sent it to the student group that planned to host the event. This protest petition was signed by only 200 students of the 43,000 students who attend that university.

Nevertheless, when the group received the protest letter, they cancelled the showing and planned to replace American Sniper by showing the children’s movie Paddington, about a make-believe bear. Their letter to the administration said, “As adults at a public university, we should have the option to view this movie if we so choose and come to our own conclusions.” Most Americans believe that students should not be censored in the name of political correctness.

Michigan’s head football coach, Jim Harbaugh, said that the football team would watch American Sniper regardless of what the administration decided. Harbaugh said he is “Proud of Chris Kyle and proud to be an American. And if that offends anybody, then so be it!” Harbaugh was immediately criticized by Muslim students but he firmly stood his ground. In the end, University of Michigan administrators chose to screen both American Sniper and Paddington, and let the students make their own choice.

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