Earlier this week I linked to Martin Benjamin ’57’s latest Wespeak (wherein he pretty much directly accuses President Roth and Muslim Chaplain Marwa Aly of being terrorist sympathizers) and discussed Benjamin in general—his language, his seemingly relished notoriety, and his tenuous relationship with Wesleyan as both a student body and some sort of abstract representation of everything wrong with liberal America today. Of particular interest, at least to readers of Tuesday’s Argus, would be his flagrant Islamaphobia.
An anonymous source points out that the Wespeak, as it appears in Tuesday’s Argus, is not quite what Benjamin originally submitted; Argus editors chose to remove not to print key passages deemed “excessively vulgar” and “blatant[ly] Islamaphobic” in tone. Whether the piece is really less vulgar with these passages withheld is entirely up for debate. Our intent is neither to support nor condemn the Argus‘s decision to censor—their policy to “withhold Wespeaks that are excessively vulgar” is entirely subject to editorial discretion. (Edit: EIC Katherine Yagle ’12 points out that Argus staff did not print the censored version without consulting Benjamin. Rather, they objected to the original submission, returned it to Benjamin with offending passages highlighted, and he resubmitted it with their edits applied.)
But does Benjamin’s piece qualify as “excessively vulgar”? Is it too outrageous and absurd to take seriously in the first place? Decide for yourself. The original “Open Letter to President Roth” is available here. Highlights denote passages removed before publication. Enjoy(?).
(And when you’re totally enraged by his “excessively vulgar” ranting, just remember that the guy also takes pretty pictures of nature.)