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Controversial Far-Left Activist Invited to Speak at UConn

March 2, 2018 By Staff
Controversial Far-Left Activist Invited to Speak at UConn

No word if UConn is providing counseling to students bothered by Linda Sarsour's controversial views.

A University of Connecticut event in March “Honoring Women Who Fight All Forms of Discrimination Against Women” will feature controversial far-left activist Linda Sarsour.

Sarsour has been labeled by some as extreme, once calling for a “jihad” against the Trump administration.

The controversies surrounding Sarsour are numerous and have generated condemnation from many. Not only has she praised terrorists and fugitives, but she also verbally attacked “two women who were critical of Islam” in 2011 by saying they should have “their vaginas [taken] away”:

During a question-and-answer session that followed the talk, Sarsour was asked about a tweet she’d sent in 2011 about two women who were critical of Islam, Brigitte Gabriel and Ayaan Hirsi Ali.

“I wish I could take their vaginas away,” wrote Sarsour in the now-infamous tweet. “They don’t deserve to be women.”

Sarsour also has attacked Israel, and, according to the New York Post, has defended “sharia law and Saudia Arabia’s legal system“:

How else to explain why one of the march’s leaders, Linda Sarsour, who was featured by Glamour, defends sharia law and Saudi Arabia’s legal system — which, as CNN explains, denies women basic rights, such as the freedom to “marry, divorce, travel, get a job or have elective surgery without permission from their male guardians”?

Is UConn fine with radical liberal speakers? Unlike right-wing speakers who were invited by student groups, Sarsour’s invite appears to have come from UConn’s faculty. There’s no mention yet if UConn will provide “counseling services to those who might feel offended” by Sarsour, like when conservative Ben Shapiro visited campus.

When asked about the event by The College Fix, a UConn spokeswoman was quick to defend free speech and academic freedom as “bedrock principles” at UConn:

Reached for comment via email, University of Connecticut spokeswoman Stephanie Reitz told The College Fix: “A speaker’s presence on campus doesn’t mean that UConn as an institution has endorsed his or her message. However, we believe public universities should be places where differing views can be expressed respectfully and where our students and other guests can consider and challenge a variety of opinions.”

“Free speech, like academic freedom, is one of UConn’s bedrock principles,” Reitz said.

This is a fair defense, of course, but one that was seemingly unavailable for the conservative speaker recently hosted at the university.