Do Not Debate

There are more than 70,000 Saudi students going to school in the United States. Almost all of them are on government scholarships. The Saudi Arabian Cultural Mission (SACM) keeps a close eye on them. They want to make sure students are doing well in school, follow the rules and not break the law. Extracurricular activities are okay, as long as they remain strictly apolitical. When I was studying in New York and the Ground Zero mosque controversy broke out, SACM kept blasting these email reminders telling students to focus on school and avoid any activity that has even the slightest hint of politics in it. Students are also told not to speak to the US media. In the wake of the anti-Muslim film, SACM posted this on Twitter today:

Here‘s the translation:

Important warning: 1- Regarding questions and inquiries SACM received about students participation in meetings or interviews to comment on the film that insults the prophet

2- SACM advise you not to participate or engage in futile debates. Focus on the goal you were sent here for. All the best.

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