In a little-circulated update, it turns out that after an embarrassing public backlash, Penn State University did ultimately allow art student Josh Stulman to exhibit his anti-terrorism paintings. Initially, Stulman got an email from the School of Visual Arts director that his exhibit Portraits of Terror would be cancelled because it “did not promote cultural diversity” or “opportunities for democratic dialogue.”

This language is very telling. It confirms what I’ve long suspected, namely that Jew-killing is considered cultural diversity. By saying that artwork protesting the killing of the Middle East’s virtually only non-Muslim-Arabic population doesn’t promote cultural diversity, the implication is that killing off this minority does promote cultural diversity. Recall that when white, German people were killing Jews, it was unmitigated badness. But as soon as an “ethnic” group took up the torch, it became something other than pure evil.

I myself have fallen victim to this kind of thinking. When Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad retired in 2003 with the remark that Jews control the world and get others to fight and die for them, I recall thinking, “Now there’s something you don’t see every day — the anti-Jewish stuff coming from someone of the Asian persuasion. Arabs and Europeans, yeah, but not from someone of Mongoloid stock. This is what diversity is all about! Why should Far Eastern folks be excluded from Jew-bashing?”

People say there’s no freedom of speech in the Muslim world. But you see it’s not true. Anyone can go over there and, without any consequences, announce that Jews suck. Here it’s not so easy.

But since we’re on the topic of art and culture and being sensitive to diverse people’s sensibilities on such topics, maybe terror-friendly academia is right, and we simply need to be more tolerant. Maybe what we call “terrorism” is actually just a different culture, with a different aesthetic. We may think human beings look good as they are; Muslims happen to think people look better as Picasso paintings. It’s just a different lifestyle, that’s all–more like a deathstyle.