I have been working on planning efforts for Islamo-Fascism Awareness Week, which will hit campuses all over the country October 22-26. This effort to counter the stranglehold that Leftism, anti-Americanism, and pro-jihadist sympathies have on American campuses has the university establishment and American Muslim groups in a tizzy.
The Muslim Public Affairs Council, home of the truth-challenged Edina Lekovic, has issued a handbook, "MPAC Releases Six Tips for Tackling 'Islamo-Fascism' Events at Universities." The introductory text reads in part:
Under the banner of "Islamo-Fascism Awareness Week" (IFAW), Horowitz's Freedom Center is organizing speaking engagements at colleges and universities for the likes of Ann Coulter, Daniel Pipes, Dennis Prager, Sean Hannity, Robert Spencer, Rick Santorium and Wafa Sultan. Organizers are billing the event as the "biggest conservative campus protest ever." To date, IFAW events have been canceled at a handful of universities, where administrators and student groups called the event divisive and hateful.
What's divisive and hateful? Apparently, exposing the deeply ingrained oppression that women, Christians, homosexuals and others suffer under Islamic law and in majority-Muslim countries today. But about that oppression, MPAC and its friendly "administrators and student groups" are silent.
This malicious propaganda has its effect. "Telling the truth about the global jihad and Islamic supremacism" has become so closely identified with "hatred and bigotry" that people are actually surprised when I turn out not to be the fanged, horned rabid dog of CAIR and MPAC caricature. After I spoke at the University of Idaho a few months ago one fellow blogged:
Tonight I went to hear a lecture by Robert Spencer, a Catholic theologian and critical student of Islam who has been threatened by name by al-Queda. At first I thought Spencer was going to be something of a bomb-thrower, judging by the titles of some of his books such as The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam (and the Crusades) and The Truth About Muhammad: Founder of the World's Most Intolerant Religion, as well as his visit being sponsored by several conservative campus organizations which have a reputation for being provocative. To my surprise I found Spencer to be extremely knowledgeable, well-spoken, and reasonable. He was however quite firm, which I fear some of the middle eastern and liberal members of the audience (these two groups are of course not mutually exclusive) may have found to be off-putting or contentus. Anyway I learned some things and now kind of wish I'd gone to the dinner with him before hand.
Shocker! Spencer extremely knowledgeable, well-spoken, and reasonable! Of course it is the Left's game to portray people who would be sponsored by certain organizations, or who would dare to say certain things, as being unreasonable and worse -- and then people like this writer will not bother to listen to what they have to say. Most of the time it works, which is why they keep doing it, and why MPAC, instead of addressing in any way any of the points I make about oppression in Islamic contexts in the three articles listed above, instead issues this handbook as if the poor Muslims are victims of some frothing hate campaign.
And of course, the ugliest reality in this whole business is that the frothing hate campaign is being mounted by those who oppose Islamo-Fascism Awareness Week, not by us. It is Ann Coulter, David Horowitz, Wafa Sultan and I, all of whom have received many death threats, who will be going to campuses during the Week accompanied by guards. Noam Chomsky and MPAC's Salam Al-Marayati, meanwhile, can go anywhere they want and never have to worry about guards of any kind. Nor is this limited to the Week: Daniel Pipes speaks at Wayne State University on Monday in an atmosphere of smears on his character and work, and physical intimidation.
Yet MPAC warns Muslim students to "demonstrate Islamic ethics and restraint," "not respond," and "report hate crimes and hate incidents," as if it were they who were under threat. It's utter tosh -- but it is an effective tactic. It promises to be a very interesting week, and I can guarantee right now that if anyone is trafficking in intimidation, whether physical or otherwise, and trying to silence opponents, it will be the Left and their jihadist allies -- not the organizers of Islamo-Fascism Awareness Week. That in itself should reveal to people of good will what is really going on here.