[Marxism] “Islamo-Fascism Awareness Week”

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Tue Oct 9 07:08:11 MDT 2007


Inside Higher Education, Oct. 9
Are You Ready for ‘Islamo-Fascism Week’?

“Islamo-Fascism Awareness Week” is still three weeks away, but the event 
and a similar campaign from Young America’s Foundation are already 
setting off campus controversies and debates about tolerance and free 
speech.

Organizers — who are planning events at dozens of campuses — say that 
they are just trying to make students aware of the threats posed by 
radical Islam to the United States. Speeches are being scheduled on 
multiple campuses by such luminaries of the right as David Horowitz 
(chief proponent of the week), Ann Coulter, and former U.S. Sen. Rick 
Santorum. More intellectual takes will come from such neoconservative 
icons of Middle East policy as Michael Ledeen and Daniel Pipes. The 
in-your-face approach of publicity for the events (not to mention some 
of the speakers) is already setting off campus debates over whether the 
campaign being orchestrated is about informing students or intimidating 
Muslim students and selected targets of the right (such as women’s 
studies programs).

Already charges are flying from organizers about posters being torn down 
and colleges blocking access for events. And critics are firing back, 
questioning the motives of the efforts. With the Middle East already 
dividing many campus groups, October could be a month of additional 
tensions.

full: http://insidehighered.com/news/2007/10/09/islam





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