And by The Boss we mean Bwog-fave Bruce Robbins, whose ruminations on Columbia’s dearth of academic freedom made it into this week’s edition of The Nation. Esther Kaplan’s penetrating investigation of Fair Alma revealed a brewing crisis in contemporary academia: fringe right-wing groups holding controversial events on campuses. And dear God does the future look bleak.
Elsewhere, David Horowitz wrapped up this week’s anti-Islamofascist carnival by offering America’s complacent masses one final, terrifying anecdote:
“The Vice President of the Muslim Students Association at Columbia protested my use of the word ‘jihad’ during my speech, which she said meant spiritual ‘struggle’ rather than ‘holy war’ The only problem was that I hadn’t used the word ‘jihad’ in my speech at all. It was just one of the talking points she had been given in advance of the event. When I asked her whether she would denounce the terrorist group Hamas, which along with the Muslim Brotherhood created her organization, she evaded the question.”
UPDATE, 2:06 AM: Amreen Vora, Vice President of Columbia MSA, wrote to Bwog to say that she never made such a comment, and in fact was not present at the Horowitz event at all.
Also in unholy league with the Islamists is the Columbia Coalition Against the War, a group so dangerous that Horowitz surrounds its name with quotation marks, as if to suggest that they only kinda-sorta exist, but not really, because if they actually existed they wouldn’t have quotation marks around their name, right?
Next controversy, please.
-Graphic by JJV