Monday, February 27, 2006
An important story is developing at the University of California Irvine Campus, where the local chapter of the College Republicans is planning a panel discussion on Islamic extremism. As part of the forum, the Danish cartoons depicting the prophet Muhammed as well as various anti-Semitic and anti-Western cartoons published in Muslim newspapers will be displayed.
Muslim students and CAIR have raised objections, naturally not to the showing of anti-Semitic and anti-Western material, but to the featuring of the Danish cartoons. According to the LA Times, Muslim students see this as a "provocation". Further, they intimate that the cartoons "will incite violence locally". CAIR has also supported the Muslim students' assertions, printing an "action alert" on their website.
NBC4 has a more recent summation, saying that security has increased on the Irvine campus in anticipation of the conference. Muslim students are planning a protest and who knows what else?