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Newspaper Says UF Students Told Truth About Radical Islam

For the sake of diversity, the University of Florida threw water on free speech. For the sake of political correctness, … Patricia Telles-Irvin, the overly sensitive vice president of student affairs … demanded an apology from students who posted fliers about a movie on radical Islam … the Gainesville campus has been rocked by controversy over the film, “Obsession: Radical Islam’s War Against the West.” UF President Bernie Machen says Muslim students feared for their safety after fliers were posted about the film. The flier’s headline screamed “Radical Islam Wants You Dead.” In response, Telles-Irvin sent a finger-wagging e-mail to all university students. “In an academic setting,” she said, “differences of opinions are strongly encouraged, yet such opinions must be based on accurate information when describing other members of the community.” She said the event’s organizers owed the campus … an apology. But what would Telles-Irvin have the group apologize for? The headline was provocative, no question, but it was true. This nation is at war with radical Islam. (The Tampa Tribune)

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