GWU senior Sergio Gor can't find a lot of students to sign a declaration against genocide
. The problem is that the document lists examples of Islamic genocide:
For instance, he Declaration Against Genocide condemns an Islamic hadith (a narration about the life of the prophet Mohammed) that calls on Muslims to kill Jews. It also condemns terrorist groups like Hamas and Hezbollah, and Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who has declared that "the accomplishment of a world without America and Israel is both possible and feasible" – an unmistakable expression of genocidal intent toward the countries that Islamic radicals consider to be the "little Satan" and the "great Satan" respectively. There is nothing, in short, that can be considered even remotely objectionable.
One set of non-signers needs to take a refresher course on the English language:
[T]he Black Student Union refused to sign the declaration because it didn't specifically mention the slave trade.
This declaration addresses one specific type of evil: genocide. Slavery is not a type of genocide.
(If the BSU ever issues a declaration against slavery, will they mention the Muslim Arab dominance of the the East African slave trade?)
Gor also ran into vast right wing cowardice:
Perhaps the most surprising rebuff came from the school's College Republicans chapter. Although some individual members expressed support for the declaration, the club as a whole would not support it. "It was a shock when the College Republicans said that [the declaration] was too 'controversial,'" Gor recalls. "They said they didn't want to offend anyone. But I thought, 'Who is going to be offended if you oppose genocide?'"
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