A group of Muslims who use a refugee center in Seattle are demanding that one of the teachers be fired for showing teenage students samples of the Muhammad cartoons that spurred Islamist terrorists to slaughter 17 people in Paris in January – while she was teaching a class about the slaughter in Paris.
According to the Seattle Globalist, between 15 and 20 protesters showed up on Friday outside the Refugee Women’s Alliance in Seattle to demand the firing of the teacher, Deepa Bhandaru.
(The center was closed because administrators feared for the safety of its staff. The center had been vandalized earlier in the week, the Globalist reported.)
Bhandaru’s crime? She failed to show proper respect to the Prophet Muhammad.
One of the leaders of the protest, Hassan Diis, told the Seattle alternative weekly The Stranger that Bhandaru “worries the entire community… this woman deliberately brought these pictures which brought the entire world anguish.”
Bhandaru told The Stranger the protest was a sham.
“They’ve been manipulating the fact that the people don’t speak the language,” she said. “The parents who are upset aren’t the parents of my kids. They’re trying to gain power politically, and maybe gain power within the agency.”
But the protesters said they were angry.
“A lot of teenagers in our community were very angry and frustrated,” said Fatma Yessef, a Somali immigrant whose been living in the United States “for decades,” according to the Globalist. “We told them we have to vent our frustration in a peaceful, nice way and say ‘you cannot do this to our prophet.’”
Well, many – if not most – Americans might think, “you cannot do this to our First Amendment.”
Particularly appalling was one protester’s sign, that claimed, ludicrously, “Freedom of Speech Not Freedom to Offend.”
Sorry. If freedom of speech means anything, it means freedom to offend. A lot of Americans don’t like it either – ask anyone who’s seen the Westboro Baptist crazies do their thing outside a dead serviceman’s funeral – but the law and the Constitution are crystal clear on the point.
If Somali immigrants in Seattle — or anybody else — don’t like freedom of speech, they can go to some ignorant, misbegotten place where cretins surrender their God-given freedoms to mobs of unlettered savages – like a college campus.
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