Did that title jar you? It did me. But apparently it is actually true. The event will be occurring at college campuses October 22 - 26, sponsored by the David Horowitz Freedom Center (their oxymoron, not mine and forgive the link).
After conferring with students from several universities who were concerned about both the ignorance about the objectives of Islamic fascism among their fellow students and also the “unholy alliance” between campus leftists and jihadists seeking to undermine the War on Terror, the Freedom Center has launched a Terrorism Awareness Project.
Of course, while there may be Islamic radicals that promote theocracy, "Islamic Fascism" is a misnomer. In fact, the only case I know of in the world right now where that a religious group can truly be claimed to be promoting fascism is the American religious right's forming bedfellows with the corporate fascists if the corprotists will let them have their own far-right "Christian" theocracy.
More on the "Freedom Center" plans below the fold...
From the Columbia University paper, the Columbia Spectator:
Several weeks ago, the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) learned about a national campaign called “Islamo-Fascism Awareness Week,” scheduled for Oct. 22-26. After reviewing the campaign, ADC found a disturbing collection of propaganda prepared by a narrow-minded interest group with seemingly only one intention: to slander Arabs and Muslims on our nation’s college campuses.
The Web site asks students participating in the campaign to disseminate presentations, such as “The Islamic Mein Kampf.” The site also tries to connect Islam with fascism and Arabs and Muslims with Nazis. In fact, a blog by the director of this initiative, extreme conservative David Horowitz proclaimed that Palestinians are the “quintessential Islamo-Fascists” and that their cause is “genocidal.”
Horowitz claims that over 150 institutions of higher learning are participating. However, the Spectator article points out:
The Web site for IFAW lists approximately 150 institutions, including this one, at which it will be held. ADC contacted the presidents of each of these universities to let them know that the hate-filled campaign was scheduled to take place on campus.
The overwhelming response ADC received from universities was that they did not want to be associated with this campaign. Numerous universities expressed outrage that their name was being associated with Mr. Horowitz’s IFAW hate campaign. ADC is glad to say that university presidents from Jerry Falwell Jr. at Liberty University and other evangelical schools, to Princeton, Cornell, and to the chancellors of various public state system universities and private colleges are firmly opposed to this type of campaign.
Good to hear that they are denying participation and I admit I am pleasantly surprised to see that some of the religious universities claim they are not involved.
It saddens me that this kind of hate and propaganda continues:
The goal of the Islamo-Fascist jihad is world domination
The Islamo-Fasacist Jihad demands the suppression of all Infidels
The Islamo-Fascist Jihad is a war against Women
The Islamo-Fascist Jihad is a war against Gays
The Islamo-Fascist Jihad is a war against Christians
The Islamo-Fascist Jihad is a war against Jews
The Islamo-Fasacist Jihad is a war against non-religious people
Nevermind that they are trying to get college students to equate all Islam with terrorists -- the goal of jihad as stated by Al Queda and other groups is NOT world domination, but instead to fight against grievances real or imagined.
Just for fun, you might also look at some of the other articles on Horowitz's "Terrorism Awareness Project site, such as "Jimmy Carter's War Against Jews" and "the Islamic Mien Kamp!". This is the hate they are planning to bring to a campus near you.
While I am glad to see that they may be over exaggerating the official campus endorsements, I think it is still worth taking a look at the list of campuses they are targeting and making some calls make sure it does not happen "behind the scenes". Here is their play book -- http://media0.terrorismawareness.org...