Administrators at Stanford University wrote an open letter denouncing a conservative speaker visiting its campus, but still allowed him to speak on campus Tuesday night.
Susie Brubaker-Cole, vice provost for student affairs and Tiffany Steinwert, dean of religious life, co-authored a blog post criticizing conservative podcaster Andrew Klavan of The Daily Wire for his “anti-Muslim sentiment.” The Stanford administrators wrote that, in a YouTube video, Klavan “distorts the tenets of the Muslim faith, equating Islam with violence and barbarism.”
“We stand firmly against vilification of Islam,” the administrators wrote.
In the video, Klavan says “a proper reading of the Quran reveals that jihad is a spiritual struggle during which a Muslim attempts to rise to a higher plain of consciousness, by slaughtering unbelievers, raping their women, taking over their civilizations, and persecuting and oppressing them until they’re all dead.”
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Brubaker-Cole and Steinwert also expressed dismay with flyers from Klavan’s host, the Stanford College Republicans, being featured at the Markaz, which is the school’s Muslim community center.
“This is unacceptable behavior that undermines our community values,” the administrators said.
They said that they “understand it can be deeply frustrating and painful to see speakers invited to campus whose ideologies disparage members of our community,” but encouraged students to stand “in solidarity even in the face of hatred and slander.”
Brubaker-Cole and Steinwert conclude the blog by saying “together we can be and do better.”
The Stanford College Republicans told Campus Reform that it was not surprised when first seeing the letter, but disgusted.
“The administration reverted to its typical tactic of distorting the views of our speaker (Andrew Klavan in this case) and whitewashing the legitimate criticism of Islam that Mr. Klavan did actually provide,” a Stanford College Republicans spokesman said.
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The chapter also responded to accusations of ill intent when hanging posters for the event in the Muslim community center, stating that the admi
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