Muslims Protest Column in Oregon State Student Newspaper

March 2, 2006

Source: Gazette-Times

Wire Service: AP

On March 2, 2006 the Associated Press reported, "A student's column in the Oregon State University campus newspaper has prompted protests by Muslim students, who say it is offensive to their faith.

The piece headlined 'The Islamic Double Standard' was written by OSU microbiology student Nathanael Blake and published in the Daily Barometer on Feb. 8.

The column accused Muslims of expecting special treatment after a Danish newspaper published cartoons depicting the prophet Muhammad. Riots over the cartoons amounted to 'savagery,' Blake said. 'Bluntly put, we expect Muslims to behave barbarously,' his column said.

On Thursday, about a dozen students � including members of Muslim and Arab student groups � held a vigil on the campus to protest both Blake's piece and the Danish cartoons.

They handed out flyers that stated 'While staying loyal to the main values of freedom of expression that founded this country, we also feel the need to reflect on the values of tolerance and acceptance on this campus.'"