When the University of Michigan reconsidered its decision to cancel a screening of “American Sniper” on the grounds that the film might make some students feel “unsafe,” Coach Jim Harbaugh let it be known that the football team was proud of America, proud of Chris Kyle and would be at the screening, “and if that offends anybody then so be it!”

You might have thought that Harbaugh’s proud words would have shamed other schools that were considering banning the film, but the University of Maryland buckled to a petition by the university’s Muslim Students Association that alleged that the movie “dehumanizes Muslim individuals, promotes the idea of senseless mass murder, and portrays negative and inaccurate stereotypes.”

Enter Maryland State Delegate David Vogt, who is offering to screen the film if the university won’t.

Vogt posted a brief statement to The American Mirror, which reads, in part:

As a Marine combat veteran and former Marine of the Year, I am extremely disappointed in the University of Maryland’s decision to silence the story of a man who valiantly served our great nation.

Just like the men and women I had the privilege of serving beside in the Marine Corps, Chris Kyle put on his uniform every day to protect and preserve liberty, the open discussion of ideas, and the opportunity for every American — regardless of race, religion, culture, or gender — to succeed and achieve the American Dream.

We have a responsibility — to ourselves, our younger generations, and the principles America holds most dear — to celebrate and honor heroic acts of valor and to recognize selfless devotion and duty to one’s country. I would hope that an institution entrusted with training the leaders of tomorrow would promote the values of service and sacrifice that Chris Kyle embodied.

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