And another university jumps into the ‘American Sniper’ ridiculousness.

Jake New reports for Inside Higher Ed:

‘American Sniper’ Shut Down

A student organization at the University of Maryland at College Park has called off a screening of American Sniper after students complained that the film fuels “anti-Arab and anti-Islamic sentiments” and “helps to proliferate the marginalization of multiple groups and communities.”
The decision came as several colleges continue to face similar protests over screenings of the film. At the University of Michigan, such protests led to an initial decision to cancel a showing there. But at Michigan, the senior administration intervened, citing principles of free speech, and the film was screened.

That’s not going to be the case at Maryland.

American Sniper was scheduled to be shown in early May at a screening organized by Maryland’s Student Entertainment Events, a student group that arranges for films, comedians and musicians to come to campus. After receiving a petition from the members of the university’s Muslim Student Association and meeting with concerned students, the group decided to put off the screening. The student group called the decision a postponement but didn’t reschedule the event and indicated the film would not be shown this semester.

“SEE is choosing to explore the proactive measures of working with others during the coming months to possibly create an event where students can engage in constructive and moderated dialogues about the controversial topics proposed in the film,” Student Entertainment Events said in a statement Thursday. “SEE supports freedom of expression and hopes to create space for the airing of opposing viewpoints and differing perceptions.”

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'American Sniper' Shut Down (Inside Higher Ed)