College Discourages 9/11 Memorial Citing Muslims’ Feelings

College Discourages 9/11 Memorial Citing Muslims’ Feelings

Molly Prince

A private Wisconsin college discouraged students from exhibiting a Sept. 11 memorial fearing that it could foster an anti-Muslim environment on campus.

Ripon College condemned a flier by Young America’s Foundation (YAF) to honor the memory of those killed in the 2001 attacks and to help prevent the events from being forgotten, reported The Washington Examiner. It was part of an annual “Never Forget” project on college campuses around the nation.

The administration claimed that the memorial would create an atmosphere where “students from a Muslim background would feel singled out and/or harassed.”

“There is nothing that this poster, in particular, adds to the conversation about 9/11, or about the politics of terrorism, or about national security or responses to it that couldn’t be done easily and more constructively without it,” said Ripon’s Bias Protocol Board, according to the Examiner.

In addition to images of the Sept. 11 attacks, the exhibit also displayed other radical Islamic extremist events such as Islamic State beheadings and the USS Cole bombing.

The college further claimed that Muslim terrorists only “represent a small percentage of the terrorist attacks that happen to this country” and that YAF is only showing “a very small picture of a specific religion or nationality instead of the larger viewpoint.”

YAF quickly refuted the aforementioned claim calling it false and fired back with a fact-check stating “from 1992 to 2017, Islamists were responsible for 92% of deaths caused by terrorism in the United States, and are ‘far and away the deadliest group of terrorists by ideology’.”

“This attempt by Ripon College’s ‘bias protocol board’ to sanitize the truth out of remembering the anniversary of September 11 proves the necessity of YAF’s iconic 9/11: Never Forget Project, as well as the need for bold YAF activists,” said YAF’s spokesman Spencer Brown. “The administrators’ reliance on feelings rather than facts betrays their intention to cower from the truth rather than highlight the scourge of radical Islamist terror for what it is: evil.”

EDITOR’S NOTE: The Daily Caller News Foundation originally reported that Ripon College banned Young America’s Foundation’s poster that was part of a 9/11 commemoration project. While the Ripon Center for Diversity and Inclusion as well as the Bias Protocol Board condemned the display, they did not have the authority to actually ban students from posting the flier. TheDCNF originally cited reporting from The Washington Examiner, which also stated the college banned the poster. According to Ripon’s handbook, students may put up fliers without prior approval unless they promote violence against a certain racial, sexuality or ethnic group. 

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