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Leftist Fascists Deny Emory Audience Freedom of Assembly By: Emory College Republicans
Emory College Republicans | Thursday, October 25, 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.

Over 300 people – 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.

"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." Protesters began their efforts as soon as Horowitz was introduced with 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. 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. "This is a poor reflection on Emory, and we are embarrassed by the actions so many in the campus community," said Emory College Republicans Chairman Ben Clark." The Emory administration must make it clear that they do not condone the protesters' behavior, but that they respect Horowitz's right to speak on campus and will work to ensure that this does not happen again."

Many in the audience left the event disappointed. "Even the students who did not agree with David Horowitz did not get a chance to speak their minds because of the protesters' disruptive actions," said Emory Professor Mark Bauerlein. "No one was able to listen to the lecture or to speak themselves – pro or con – everyone was shut down."

Over 100 campuses across the country are hosting speeches, film screenings, and other events this week, as 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. Elsewhere in Atlanta, the Georgia Tech College Republicans will host a screening of the film Obsession: Radical Islam's War Against the West on Thursday, October 25th at 6:30 p.m. "Islamo-Fascism Awareness Week has been very effective across the country, and even our opposition demonstrates that," said Horowitz, reflecting on Wednesday's debacle at Emory. "We've already won this debate."

For more info contact: BEN CLARK
Phone: 770-841-7932
Email: bdclark@learnlink.emory.edu

The Emory College Republicans works to represent the Republican and conservative students on campus. Our group provides members with opportunities for political involvement and works to bring conservative viewpoints to Emory.

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