A conservative student group at a Wisconsin-based college was told their 9/11 “Never Forget” poster violates the school’s bias policy because it exclusively targets Islamic terrorism.
By focusing “relentlessly on one religious organization, one religious group, one religious identity,” Ripon College’s bias incident team ruled Young America’s Foundation’s posters remembering September 11th create an environment where “students from a Muslim background would feel singled out and/or harassed.”
YAF spokesman, Spencer Brown, slammed the ruling as “a transparent attempt to sanitize the truth about 9/11,” adding that the “posters are biased against no one except radical Islamic terrorists.”
“The school’s claim that the posters may make Muslim students feel ‘harassed’ is absurd,” Brown told Fox News. “[It] ignores the fact that innocent Muslims also died at the hands of radical Islamists on 9/11, and continue to suffer under the same evil ideology around the world.”
YAF’s “9/11: Never Forget Project,” which started in 2003, is made up of 2,977 American flags, one for each of the victims who died that day, and “Never Forget” posters, both of which have been desecrated and defaced at college campuses across the nation.
“Last year many posters were torn down and destroyed,” Hannah Krueger, YAF Ripon chapter president, told The College Fix. “The posters went before the student judiciary board and they found them to be in compliance with the poster posting policy. It is only this bias protocol team that finds them to be inappropriate and racist.”
Krueger said the bias team informed them that their posters were offensive at the end of the spring semester, but she was unable to meet with them until last week, giving them little notice before the 17th anniversary.
After receiving complaints from our students about the YAF Islamic extremism posters last year, College officials gave the Ripon College YAF student representatives suggestions as to how to have a discussion about 9/11 this year with our entire campus and community.
— Ripon College (@riponcollege) August 30, 2018
Kreuger said the bias team “heavily implied the current posters could not be put up.”
Melissa Anderson, a Ripon College spokeswoman, said the university offered up its student marketing resources to create a new poster.
“There was no ban,” Anderson said of the 9/11 memorial, adding that the school has received several threats after it was reported the private school was blocking the posters. “The meeting did not result in any action.”
Ripon is trying “to pretend that the spirit of their bias team’s ruling wasn’t to dissuade students from displaying the posters this year, when it clearly was,” Brown told Fox News.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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