My friends at the Maryland Conservative Action Network were kind enough to invite me to speak on a panel about New Media at their "Turning the Tides" conference Saturday in Annapolis. Then on Friday, a friend sent me a link to a Huffington Post article calling for protests of the conference:
Muslim students at Arkansas State University tried to prevent a critic of Islamic sharia law from speaking as part of a campus lecture series.
Nonie Darwish, Egyptian-born author of Now They Call Me Infidel, spoke Wednesday at the university in Jonesboro, Arkansas, but only after the chairman of the student Lecture-Concert Series read a protest statement by the president of the ASU Muslim Student Association (MSA). In the decade since the 9/11 terror attacks, Darwish has gained international prominence as an outspoken critic of Islamic culture. She is director of Former Muslims United.
More than 100 Musliim students attended Darwish's lecture, according to Emily Alexander of the ASU Herald, and walked out en masse midway through, following the example of MSA president Saddique Abobucker.