Vanderbilt University’s Muslim students and their supporters protest the comments made in a newspaper article by Carol Swain, a professor of law and political science.
In an article published in the Tennessean she had called for Islam to be treated differently than other religions. She also called for monitoring of Muslim citizens in Western countries. “More and more members of the PC crowd now acknowledge that Islam has absolutely nothing in common with Christianity, nor is it a worthy part of the brotherhood of man I long felt was characteristic of the Abrahamic religions,” Swain wrote. “A younger, more naive version of myself once believed in a world where the people of the Book could and would get along because they all claimed Abraham as their father. No more!”
“Civic education and other indicators of assimilation should be a prerequisite for remaining and advancing in this nation… If Muslims are to thrive in America, and if we are to be safe, then we must have ground rules that protect the people from those who disdain the freedoms that most of the world covets.”
At a protest at the University the students called for unity and condemned all forms of hate.
The Vanderbilt Hustler campus newspaper reported statements at the protest included: “To say that one student is not compatible with Western civilization is to say that the entire student body is not compatible,” “We have gathered here to make sure that no student is attacked by a faculty member again,” and “Vanderbilt united will never be divided.”