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OSU Jihadi Abdul Artan Was Taking Course On Microaggressions

Courtesy of Kevin Stankiewicz for The Lantern/Handout via REUTERS

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If you’ve ever wondered why liberals are so protective of the utterly illiberal religion of Islam, the following news holds a clue: Both groups demand a space that’s safe from anybody who doesn’t believe the same things they do. Campus, caliphate, whatever.

Robby Soave, Reason:

Before he was shot dead while attempting to murder a bunch of people with a car and a butcher’s knife, Ohio State University student Abdul Artan—a Pakistani immigrant who reportedly became radicalized after learning about injustices committed against fellow Muslims—was enrolled in a class called “Crossing Identity Boundaries.”

In fact, he had a group project on “microaggressions” due later this week. The assignment, worth 15 percent of his grade, required students to find a dozen examples of microaggressions on social media and explain which identity groups were the victims, according to the syllabus.

It’s too bad we’ll never know Artan’s answer to this important question. His motives remain a mystery, now that we can rule out the NRA or Trump or any of the other designated villains. A policeman’s bullet put an end to one of the great thinkers of our time. (And a white policeman at that. What a coincidence, huh?)

I can’t put it any better than Sean Haffner did:

The more you isolate people from reality, the tougher it is when they’re inevitably forced to deal with reality.

It’s bad enough to fill young people’s heads with nonsense like “microaggressions.” It already makes them prone to lashing out like great big babies when they don’t get their way. But when you inculcate such cult-like thinking into a member of an actual cult, you’d better hide the cutlery.

OSU remains a “gun-free zone,” of course. When something like this happens again in such a place, and it will, let’s hope there’s a cop nearby like there was this time. Wouldn’t want people defending themselves all willy-nilly.