A University of Maryland student group was going to show the 2014 film American Sniper on campus in May. Now they’re not, and that’s about all the Constitution desecration that Fox News‘s Todd Starnes can stand.
The story, via the Baltimore Sun, is this. Maryland’s Student Entertainment Events group pulled two screenings of the Chris Kyle biopic after the school’s Muslim Student Association argued that American Sniper “dehumanizes Muslim individuals, promotes the idea of senseless mass murder, and portrays negative and inaccurate stereotypes.”
In announcing the postponement, SEE said it was working on “an event where students can engage in constructive and moderated dialogues about the controversial topics proposed in the film.” The group assured students it “supports freedom of expression and hopes to create space for the airing of opposing viewpoints and differing perceptions.”
Starnes’s reaction is a heap of bogus indignation. “That’s pretty ironic,” Starnes said, referring to the SEE statement above, “touting their Constitutional bona-fides while stomping on the Constitution.”
What’s actually ironic is that the Constitution has nothing to do with this situation at all. Unless there’s an amendment I haven’t read that goes something like, “University student groups shall postpone no film screenings once the schedule has been announced.”
Oh, and the best part is how the Starnes piece ends:
“Somebody should tell the University of Maryland that we already have a space for the airing of opposing viewpoints and differing perceptions.
“It’s called the United States of America.”