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Islamo-Fascism Awareness Week By: David Horowitz
FrontPageMagazine.com | Monday, October 15, 2007

The Freedom Center is fully mobilized for Islamo Fascism Awareness Week, October 22-26, and if you have been watching FoxNews you will know that it has already caused eruptions on the George Washington campus, where radicals are trying to obstruct the event. Several weeks ago, when we first started billing it as the largest demonstration ever by conservative college students, some were skeptical of the claim. But the event we are putting together has more than justified our vision. As it now stands, we will have events at over 100 schools. At over 30 of them, there will be major speeches by figures such as former Sen. Rick Santorum, Ann Coulter, Daniel Pipes and Robert Spencer. At more than twenty, students will show an uncut version of "The Path to 9/11" the ABC mini-series the Clintons censored. At another dozen there will be an unheard of event: sit-ins in Women's Studies Departments to protest their silence over the oppression of women in Islam. Most importantly, IFAW week is getting major coverage in the press. The campus papers of many schools are publishing multiple articles discussing "Islamo-Fascism" which was the goal of our protest to begin with. Moreover, the buzz is becoming louder every day.

As we foresaw, when we adopted the name "Islamo-Fascism Awareness Week," the Left has reacted and guaranteed our success. The goal of the left is to suppress mention of the term Islamo-Fascism because for the left America is the enemy. Since the left is at war with America, it cannot afford to have the evils of Islamo-Fascism discussed.

The internet is abuzz with denunciations of Islamo Fascism Awareness Week and plans for disruption. The American-Arab Anti Discrimination Committee – a far left outfit -- has written intimidating letters to the presidents of all the universities where we have planned events, trying to get them to preemptively cancel our events. Hardcore organizations like the Socialist Workers' Party and the Revolutionary Communist Party (whose members physically attacked me at a speech last year) are organizing non-stop against us and have promised violent disruptions. Accordingly we have assigned bodyguards to our main speakers and alerted campus security wherever we are planning to go.

The lesson is clear: the left will welcome and defend the "free speech" rights of the Iranian dictator, Ahmadinejad, a murderer of American troops in Iraq, but will go all out to try to stop a discussion of Islamo Fascism itself.

Even the mainstream media seems to be getting the picture. Last week at George Washington University (one of the places where I'll be speaking), leftists papered the campus with a flyer headlined "Hate Muslims? So Do We" which was supposed to be a publication of the HorowitzFreedomCenter and the GWU students organizing the event. It said (purportedly in our voice) "Your typical Muslim has: laser eyes, venom at the mouth,…peg-leg for smuggling children and heroin."

Despite the obvious hoax, the campus left reacted with sanctimonious outrage and were backed by the university president, who condemned those behind the flyer in the harshest terms hinting they would be expelled when caught. The story was picked up by the Washington Post and other media. By Wednesday, however the authors, who had previously hidden in cowardly anonymity, admitted they had had published the forgery to discredit us. When the president of GW realized the perpetrators were leftists he backed off entirely, letting the culprits crow and leaving the conservative students who had been defamed without a campus defender.

We immediately took out an ad in the school paper denouncing the fraud and pointing out that Tawana Brawley and those who persecuted the Duke lacrosse players used the same sort of Big Lie to justify their destructive actions. We pointed out that the flyer itself was a sort of hate crime. Surprisingly, GW's Muslim Student Association, which was also appalled by its contents, agreed with us!

Islamo Fascism Awareness Week will be a major national story when it unfolds on October 22-26. I am tempted to say that with enemies like this, who needs friends?

David Horowitz is the founder of The David Horowitz Freedom Center and author of the new book, One Party Classroom.

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