This thread will address 2 separate incidents, they are however, very much linked in regards to yet more proof American Public University's are
A.) Pandering to Islam, giving them significant advantages, privileges and leeway and B.) Openly Hostile to Christianity, insensitive and
On April 20th, a student at Rutgers made a facebook post with a picture that, at an absolute minimum, was utterly disrespectful: A Dartboard
with a Jesus Figurine impaled with 4 darts - one in each hand, one through the feet, and one in the ribs - prominently displayed in the University's
Art Library. Before the student made the facebook post, she requested that the piece be taken down as she found it extremely disrespectful - how could
it not be? The Deity of the largest religion (by a slight margin) on the planet is crucified to on a dart board. Staff refused to take down or move
the piece. After the post was made, several comments were made - shockingly people were supporting this as it was claimed it was "a piece of art"
named "The Virtruvian Man" and that there was a right for it to be displayed - citing "free speech" as the justification.
A day after the facebook post was made, University Officials moved the "Art" piece from it's prominent position on the wall near the CIRCULATION
to a glass shelf on the other side of the room, but at first did not remove it. Only later in the day was it removed from the Art Exhibit.
But not for the reason most of us expect. Quite obviously there was quite a bit of outrage that such a disrespectful piece of art was displayed for
the world to see - but University Officials removed it only grudgingly stating:
"The artwork in question was removed from the exhibit because it did not meet Rutgers University Libraries policy, which requires art
exhibitions and their pieces to be based on university events, curricular offerings and topics of interest to the university community," said Jessica
Pellien, director of communications at Rutgers University Libraries.
So, after an initial request, a woman who was extremely offended at something (starting to sound familiar SJW's?), the art piece was not taken down,
and only after 2 days was it silently and grudgingly removed, with no mention of the severity of the offense it caused. Not only that, but an apology
was not even made by the University, no calls for "dialogue", nothing. In addition, several people made strong statements that "The University
doesn't have to cater to the church or anyone. It's hilarious"
Now we bring in the April 5th issue of the school newspaper "The Gleaner" - On it's cover is depicted 3 prominent figures in a bar: Buddha, Jesus
Christ . . . . . . . . and Mohammed (gasp!)
2 weeks later, the Muslim Student Association of Rutgers caught sight of the Newspaper cover and wrote a letter to the editor that stated, among other
Religious Figures are sensitive to be used in a joking, satiric manner and would evoke unwanted reaction from devoted followers. To use these
figures in such a way my imply mockery on the beliefs of those who hold these figures dearly. In addition, we do not believe that it is respectful to
have depictions of noble individuals (in the form of image) in the tradition of the Abrahamic Faith.
We realize that there may be good intentions behind this but we find this image derogatory to our faith and detrimental to the diverse groups of
religious faiths that attend this university. Even though freedom of speech and press is emphasized and is something all of us value as proud
Americans, the University prides itself on diversity of people of different faith and backgrounds so we feel that it is necessary to respect those
faiths and backgrounds by honoring their beliefs.
Our request is that the image may be removed from the paper and to put it back in circulation without the image.
Then, unlike in the incident with the Jesus "Art", THE SAME DAY, the Editor of the school newspaper published a response that stated (among other
I'm truly sorry that you were offended by this image. It was not in any way meant to disrespect any religion or any aspects of your religion
either. In fact, the image was put in place to bring light to stereotypes and misconceptions that exist in today's society. The Gleaner would never
intend to disrespect your organization. I sincerely apologize for offending you and members of your organization. I understand why you are upset. This
truly disheartens me because The Gleaner's goal has always been to serve the Rutgers community rather than upset them. I am more than willing to hear
you out in a meeting so that we can rectify this issue and ensure that it doesn't happen again. Once again I am truly sorry to have offended your
organization in this way.
. . . . . Along with this, every remaining April 5th issue of The Gleaner that are still in boxes around campus will be destroyed.
(I had to manually type these responses out, forgive any errors)
So, not only did Rutgers respond immediately to a case of someone taking offense in the case with a cartoon of Mohammed, they practically grovelled at
the MSA's feet begging for forgiveness.
I think most see where I am going with this train: The extreme double standard that completely panders to Islam when Muslims take offense while only
grudgingly taking action when a Christian is deeply offended. Not only that, but a picture of Mohammed in a Bar is WORLDS less offensive than pinning
Jesus to a #ing dartboard, yet the University, in the same day practically grovelled to the Muslim students and went above and beyond in trying to
"make it right" - meanwhile they quietly remove the Jesus dartboard, 2 days after someone takes offense and don't even make a statement when it was
insanely clear that Christian students were offended. Even the most Progressive among you on ATS must be able to see that there is a glaring double
standard. Under normal circumstances, I wouldn't care that Jesus was pinned to a dartboard (in fact, in a morbid way, to me it is pretty freaking
funny) - but in today's college campus climate, it seriously infuriates me that this stuff is allowed. College students are literally creating "No
White people" zones on our Public University's because of imaginary "micro-aggression's" - but pinning the deity of the worlds largest religion
to a dart board? That's A-OK!
What my main point is, people cannot have these double standards and expect to be taken seriously. More than that, University's NEED to not enable
these hypocrisy's to happen. Certain groups of students CANNOT be allowed to deny groups of people access to portions of a Public University based on
the color of their skin based on a plucked out of thin air, imaginary concept (wasn't integration like 50 years ago?) - and then not give the same
level of courtesy when someone is offended by something that doesn't necessarily offend you.
Jesus Dartboard Story
Mohammed Newspaper Cover
Discuss. As always, keep it Civil