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Terror Supporters Attack David Horowitz

From FrontPage Magazine:


Leftist Brown Shirts Shut Down Horowitz Speech at Emory

By Ruth Malhotra and Orit Sklar
10/26/2007

On Wednesday evening, the Emory University Chapter of the College Republicans hosted acclaimed author and activist David Horowitz for a lecture on radical Islam as part of Islamo-Fascism Awareness Week. From the beginning of Horowitz’s speech, rowdy protesters continually interrupted him and less than half an hour into the event, the crowd became so disruptive that police were called in and Horowitz had to be escorted off stage.

The event was part of the Terrorism Awareness Project, a program of the David Horowitz Freedom Center dedicated to waking up American college students to the threat of militant Islam. As soon as Horowitz was introduced, protesters began their efforts with loud boos and chants of “Heil Hitler.” Despite the people who stood with their backs to Horowitz and the shouting of obscenities and other remarks from audience members, Horowitz attempted to deliver his speech that covered academic freedom and radical Islam. Considering the actions of the audience and the problem of universities only giving students half the story, Horowitz asked the audience, “How can you learn if you can’t see the arguments?” This event was a perfect example of the left’s intolerance to other points of view. Students who had the opportunity to ask questions they wrote down on index cards were never given the chance to hear them answered because of the actions of those who do not believe in free speech for those who hold opposing points of view.

Over 300 people – what appeared to be a cross-section of students, professors, and Atlanta community members – packed into White Hall where the event was held. The audience included a wide range of Leftists from Amnesty International, Veterans for Peace, and Students for Justice in Palestine, as well as Muslim groups such as the Muslim Student Association. In addition, members of “National Project to Defend Dissent & Critical Thinking in Academia,” an organization dedicated to opposing Islamo-Fascism Awareness Week events throughout the country, participated in the protests dressed in orange attire as a reference to Guantanamo Bay. There was also a sizable group of men and women dressed in traditional Muslim garb as well as students wearing Kafiyehs, a symbol of Arab solidarity.

Before Horowitz came onto the stage, the audience members were respectfully asked that if they were going to wave signs or stand up that they move to the back as to not disrupt the view of others. Signs were abundant. Some had pictures of bloodied, bandaged children; others read “Stop Islamophobia.” Another sign read “Axis of evil” and had pictures of Horowitz along with Rick Santorum and Ann Coulter.

Throughout the lecture, many protesters were waving their signs, and yelling “Does George Bush respect anybody’s rights?” and “Are we going to talk about who killed JFK?” The colorful expressions shouted by protesters included the generic, “Racist, sexist, anti-gay. David Horowitz, go away!” and “stop the war for oil,” as well as more creative “why don’t we talk about fascism in America?” and “no more torture in our name.” When Horowitz warned the audience of the threat of a nuclear attack, someone yelled, “Be afraid, be very afraid,” nearly bursting out into an impromptu dance. The audience used a lot of rancorous laughter to disrupt the speech.

As soon as Horowitz commented on radical Islam waging war against the West, someone predictably yelled, “do you think it has anything to do with Israel’s treatment of Palestine?” When Horowitz talked about Christians burning Jews at the stake during the crusades and Jews finding Muslims to be more hospitable, someone shouted “That’s exactly what Ann Coulter is calling for now.” When Horowitz mentioned that Jews and Christians are now treated as second class citizens in much of the Muslim world, a loud applause shot up from the audience. When Horowitz tried to bring up the treatment of women and issues such as female genital mutilation (FGM), the audience chanted, “That’s not Islam.”

“I’ve spoken at Emory University several times and I’ve never seen it this bad,” said Horowitz responding to the crowd as they shouted and jeered. “This is exactly what the fascists did in Germany in the 1930s.” The loud chants, sign-waving, and disruptive gestures continued to escalate from audience members until the atmosphere was so chaotic that even the police present were unable to subdue the crowd. Horowitz was led off stage and left the campus under tight security, and the event came to an abrupt end. After Senior Vice Provost for Community and Diversity Ozzie Harris announced that audience members should sit down and let the speech continue or risk being forcibly removed, protesters shouted, “Everybody stand up, they can’t take us all!” and “Stand up in solidarity!” At the end, when Horowitz’ speech could no longer continue, chants of “This is what democracy looks like” shot up throughout the audience

Although the actions of campus leftists culminated during David Horowitz’s lecture, in reality what transpired is indicative of what has become a toxic environment on today’s university campuses. Conservative viewpoints are repeatedly stifled and censored, and often those who dare to question the left-wing orthodoxy are treated as second-class citizens on campus. Emory University is no exception, and has once again demonstrated the campus community’s utter intolerance and inability to engage in civil debate.

In the days leading up to the event, Students for Critical Thinking mobilized for the lecture and asked students to “Turn Your Back on Horowitz” and “Wear Orange Arm Band for the color of victims of torture in Guantanamo and color of opposition.” Presuming not only the content of Horowitz’s speech but even the motives of Emory’s College Republicans, they stated, “Promoting an atmosphere of fear and prejudice, promoters of the event plan to smear Muslim Student Associations and Women’s Studies Departments as un-American terrorist sympathizers.”

The National Project to Defend Dissent & Critical Thinking in Academia, which was present in full force at Emory, asserts that “David Horowitz and Islamo-Fascism Awareness Week must be thoroughly exposed, repudiated and politically defeated” and has stated that their goal is to “Expose and Defeat This Reactionary Offensive.” Thee posters they were handing out at Emory’s lecture included photos of Horowitz, Rick Santorum, Michael Ledeen, and Ann Coulter, and stated that, “Horowitz has enlisted some of the most extreme, and dangerous, ideologues as spokespeople, and is working with Christian fundamentalists, military and veteran’s groups, and the entire range of conservative and reactionary student organizations in an attempt to hold what he says will be the largest conservative university protest in US history.” …

Of course the similarities are uncanny:

Meanwhile, our freedoms are being thrown away by the handfuls. And for what?

To appease a handful of professional thugs from the same old fronts like Amnesty International, Veterans for Peace, Students for Justice in Palestine and the Muslim Student Association?

Oh, and the so aptly named National Project to Defend Dissent & Critical Thinking in Academia? — What a laugh. 

At the very least every one of these groups should have their 501c3 “charity” tax status pulled. Otherwise, isn’t what is happening here unconstitutional?

Aren’t government funds (however indirectly) being used to suppress free speech?

And where, for the love of Allah, is the ACLU?

Oh, here they are, fighting as usual for the rights of the enemies of this country.

From an approving Associated Press:

Barring Muslim Scholar’s Visit Debated

By LARRY NEUMEISTER
October 26, 2007

NEW YORK (AP) – A U.S. government attorney urged a judge not to interfere with the decision to block a prominent Muslim scholar from entering the country.

But an American Civil Liberties Union lawyer told U.S. District Judge Paul A. Crotty on Thursday that the government violated the First Amendment rights of the groups that invited the scholar, Tariq Ramadan, to speak.

Ramadan, a Swiss citizen and a visiting fellow at Oxford University in England, was excluded by the U.S. in 2006 on the grounds that he aided a terrorist group by making charitable contributions to a Palestinian aid group from 1998 to 2002.

Earlier, in 2004, the U.S. had revoked his work visa, blocking him from taking a job at the University of Notre Dame, which had hired Ramadan as a professor in its Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies. He then applied for a temporary visa so he could attend conferences and deliver lectures.

Assistant U.S. attorney David Jones told the judge that Congress had made clear that courts were not to overturn State Department decisions on excluding foreigners from entering the U.S. He urged Crotty not to force the government to relax anti-terrorism policies and let Ramadan into the country.

At any rate, “there simply is not an epidemic of ideological exclusion,” Jones said.

Crotty did not immediately rule in the case, though he said the law seemed clear that he cannot second-guess the ruling by a State Department consular officer.

But ACLU lawyer Jameel Jaffer said earlier court cases showed he would be allowed to rule that the barring of Ramadan violated the rights of groups that invited him to speak, such as the American Association of University Professors.

Ramadan has said he opposes terrorism and Islamic extremism, but disagrees with U.S. government Mideast policy. He said he never intended to aid terrorism when he made $1,336 in contributions to the Association de Secours Palestinien. The U.S. government says the group has provided funds to Hamas, which the government has designated a terrorist organization…

The U.S. government barred Ramadan outright only after the ACLU brought a lawsuit to force a ruling on his 2005 application for a temporary business and tourism visa.

Again, our taxpayer dollars at work via the ACLU, in an effort to undermine our country.

Congress has to do something about these fifth columnist “charities.”

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Friday, October 26th, 2007. Comments are currently closed.

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