Nonie Darwish is a former Muslim who lived under Islamic Law, Sharia, for the first 30 years of her life. She is Director of Former Muslims United and author of Cruel and Usual Punishment: The Terrifying Global Implications of Islamic Law. Darwish is credible and erudite and a fierce, well-known critic of Islam and Islamic Law who takes great pains to separate her criticism of Islam and Islamic Law from criticism of Muslims themselves.
CAIR is the Council on American Islamic Relations, a national organization in the United States which has been very active in the U.S. in trying to prevent critics of Islam and anything related to it from speaking their mind or otherwise expressing themselves. Its efforts are a direct, frontal attack on free speech and freedom of expression in America and it has been called to task by freedom loving Americans and many others on innumerable occasions.
Darwish was invited to speak at the George Mason University School of Law in Arlington, Virginia on October 5th by the school’s Federalist Society and Jewish Law Students Association. Her scheduled lecture was to be called “The West’s Clash with Radicalism” and CAIR tried very hard to prevent her from speaking and expressing herself and by extension to prevent law students at George Mason from listening to what she had to say. It was yet another blatant attempt by CAIR to restrict free speech and freedom of expression, to shut down and shut up people who say or write things it doesn’t like, to censor those it doesn’t want to express themselves.
In a stinging rebuke to CAIR the George Mason University School of Law stood tall for freedom of speech and freedom of expression and allowed the lecture by Darwish to go ahead. It took a very principled stand, firmly rejected CAIR and its arguments and placed itself squarely on the side of civil liberties and the American way of life, despite the usual obfuscation, harassment intimidation and threats by CAIR and its fellow travellers.
Congratulations and thanks to all concerned…to Nonie Darwish, to the people at George Mason who invited her and defended her right to be there and their right to listen to her and to the University and the Law School for not backing down and defending basic American values and principles. CAIR and others of its ilk are mortal enemies of freedom, democracy and America itself and must be fought at every turn despite the costs involved if America and the American ideal are to survive. George Mason’s actions are a victory for patriotic, freedom loving Americans everywhere.
Well done, very well done.