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Horowitz To Speak At Columbia By: Josh Hirschland
Columbia Spectator | Monday, October 08, 2007

Conservative author David Horowitz confirmed Friday night that he plans to speak on Columbia's campus as part of a speaking tour on so-called Islamo-fascism.

Horowitz, CC '59, said that he will introduce an event featuring Fox News Channel reporter Sean Hannity on Friday, Oct. 26th, which is being held as part of Islamo-Fascism Awareness Week. Hannity said he was invited to speak by Chris Kulawik, CC '08 and president of the Columbia University College Republicans.

Horowitz said that during his speech, he would discuss how "Islamo-fascists have killed more Muslims than any other group" and "the hate campaign that has been launched by progressives against this week."

"Why is it so controversial to talk about Islamic fascists?" he asked in a phone interview. "Why is it an embargoed question?"

Horowitz said that he is interested in hearing from students, including those who disagree with him, on the oppression of women and moderate Muslims in Islamic nations.

"My agenda is to open up a debate, it's not to shut it down," he said in a phone interview. "If somebody want to have a panel as to whether Islamo-facism is a fair name, I'm game. I'll do it that day."

Horowitz stated in an e-mail that he had a special interest in speaking at Columbia because, "It's my alma mater and I sent my son there."

On the Hannity & Colmes show earlier this week, Hannity said that he doubted he would be "very welcomed" on campus, pointing to last year's speech by Minuteman Project founder Jim Gilchrist and the University's handling of punishing those protesters who rushed the stage, ending the speech.

"They had everything on tape, they could have gotten every student, there could have been repercussions for interrupting the speech of an invited guest. Now, I don't know what to expect when I get up there, but we will be bringing Fox cameras when we show up at Columbia University," Hannity said on the air, adding, "I better start working out in case I get attacked."

A piece that Horowitz co-wrote for the Terrorism Awareness Project, titled "Why Islamo-Fascism?," stated that Islamo-fascists—whom the piece described as radical, totalitarian Muslim jihadists—are waging war against moderate Muslims in order to impose an international theocracy.

"No one who wants to see moderate Muslims succeed in their efforts to resist the oppressive doctrines of the Islamo-fascists should oppose the use of this term. Islamo-Fascism Awareness Week is an effort to educate the general public about the enemy we face, and, in the process, to give moderate Muslims support in their struggle," the article states.

Horowitz last spoke on campus in an event on academic freedom hosted by the College Republicans in the spring of 2005. The Republicans had booked the Lerner cinema from noon to 1:30 p.m. on the day of the speech for a speaking event. Kulawik did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

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