Islamofascism Awareness Week

Posted by: ST on September 23, 2007 at 8:40 pm

As NYC prepares for numerous protests against Iran’s Islamofascist “leader”‘s speaking engagement at Columbia U, conservatives on college campuses across the country are busy preparing for Islamofascism Awareness Week:

Beginning on October 22, student groups across the nation will hold Islamo-Fascism Awareness Week on their campuses. These protest weeks will feature a series of events designed to bring a message to these academic communities that challenges most of what students are taught about the so-called War on Terror both in the classroom and on the quad.

The Week’s events will include speeches about Islamo-Fascism by prominent figures, including former Senator Rick Santorum (Penn State, Temple and UPenn), Sean Hannity (Columbia), Ann Coulter (Tulane and USC), Dennis Prager (UC Santa Barbara), Robert Spencer (Brown, Dartmouth, University of Rhode Island, and DePaul), Daniel Pipes (Northeastern and UPenn), David Horowitz (Columbia, Emory, Ohio State, Michigan and Wisconsin), Michael Ledeen (Maryland), Nonie Darwish (UCLA and Berkeley), Wafa Sultan (Stanford) and radio talk show hosts Melanie Morgan (San Francisco State), Michael Medved (University of Washington), Martha Zoeller (Georgia Tech), Alan Nathan (George Mason), Mark Larson (to be named) and many others.

A major theme of the Week will be the oppression of women in Islam. The photo accompanying this article, which shows a teenage girl buried before being stoned to death for alleged sexual offenses, will serve as the poster for the protest Week. The stoning took place in Iran.

Here’s the photo:

More from the FrontPage piece:

The plight of Muslim women will be featured at “teach-in” panels and also at sit-ins in Women’s Studies Departments, designed to protest the absence of courses that focus on Islamic gynophobia. The silence of Women’s Studies departments in the face of this oppression is a national outrage. College students are offered the opportunity to study the “oppression” of women in Boston and Beverly Hills in hundreds of Women’s Studies courses across America. But there is not a single course we are aware of that addresses the real oppression of women in Teheran and Riyadh. In Saudi Arabia, to take one horrendous example, Saudi police recently shot to death schoolgirls who were fleeing a burning building without their veils. Better that they should be dead than seen. A pamphlet on the subject of women’s oppression in Islam, written by Robert Spencer and Phyllis Chesler will be distributed on campuses (and posted on Frontpage next week), along with a petition protesting the campus blackout of this issue.

Many campuses will show the uncut version of the ABC miniseries The Path to 9/11, which has been suppressed by ABC under pressure from the Clintons in order to help Hilary’s presidential run. This is the most spectacular episode of political censorship in recent memory. It is also relatively unreported, although the Los Angeles Times carried an informative story which you can read here. The Path to 9/11 was a film that cost $40 million to make and was seen by 28 million viewers, yet ABC has refused to release the DVD. Other films being shown during the Week are Obsession, Suicide Killers, Islam: What the West Needs to Know, Islam v. Islam and Chris Burgard’s Border.

And last but not least, if you’re a college student wanting to organize an Islamofascism Awarness Week at your college, here’s how you can do it:

Students interested in organizing Islamo-Fascism Awareness Weeks on their campuses, and students seeking help obtaining speakers and literature should contact Jeffrey@horowitzfreedomcenter.org. Information about Islamo-Fascism Awareness Week, including petitions, pamphlets, information about films is available at www.terrorismawareness.org. A list of campuses holding events can be found here. A calendar of events can be located here.

Over 150 college campuses where conservatives are planning Islamofascism Awareness Weeks. That’s great, but I hope many, many more choose to participate, as well.

Re: Ahmeanie’s visit: The AP reports that he arrived in NYC today and was greated by protests. Here are a couple of photos from today’s protests.

And as a reminder, here’s a list of protests scheduled for Monday.

Update: Roger Kimball examines Columbia’s decison to allow Ahmeanie to make a speech on campus from the context of the moral bankruptcy of liberalism. Consider it a must-read.

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  1. John Burgess says:

    It’s be nice if Front Page got its facts right.

    No Saudi school girls were shot while trying to flee a burning school. Reports conflict, but the least favorable telling of the story is that when a girls school in Mecca caught fire in 2002, Saudi religious police either forbade them to leave the building or prevented firemen from entering it (because they were unrelated males).

    That’s quite bad enough. It’s really not necessary to turn the story into a shooting gallery for flaming girls.

  2. NC Cop says:

    That’s the first I have ever heard of that incident. John, do you have a link to the story? Something with a little more detail?

  3. Great White Rat says:

    Reports conflict, but the least favorable telling of the story is that when a girls school in Mecca caught fire in 2002, Saudi religious police either forbade them to leave the building or prevented firemen from entering it (because they were unrelated males).

    Oh, so they only forced the girls to burn to death instead of shooting them. Thanks for clearing that up – it puts the Wahhabists in a much better light.

    (/sarc)

  4. Great White Rat says:

    Speaking of islamofascists, the 9/11 Families for a Safe and Strong America leave no doubt what they think of Im-a-dumb-nut-job’s wreath laying idea:

    Just shove the wreath you want to place at Ground Zero, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Those are my words and so are these: if you try to set one foot on where the terrorists your regime supported murdered a member of my family and 3,000 others, I will be there standing in your way.

    Good for them, although I hope it isn’t necessary.

  5. John Burgess says:

    The 2002 incident occurred before I started blogging, but I was at the US Embassy in Riyadh when it took place.

    Saudi media carried different reports, as I noted above. Some even said that the religious police did nothing to prevent girls’ leaving or firemen’s entry. The majority of the reports, however, said that the religious police were responsible for the girls’ death.

    As a result of an investigation into the incident, girls education was taken away from the Presidency of Girls Education, an element of the Ministry of Religious Affairs and put alongside boys education in the Ministry of Education. The Presidency was abolished. It was found to have been responsible for numerous violations of the school fire code and other school regulations.

    While the official did not criticize the religious police directly, the Ministry of Religious Affairs took an enormous hit both in Saudi society and in its position within the government.

    The religious police continue to have their wings clipped by the government, as I report regularly at Crossroads Arabia. Most recently, they’ve been prohibited from taking anyone into custody. They must now hand the miscreant over to the regular police.

  6. John Burgess says:

    Great White Rat: I said the facts were bad enough. I don’t see any reason to make them worse.

    You’re right that the effect–for the girls–was the same. The effect on Saudi society and the religious establishment, however, was significant.

  7. NC Cop says:

    Absolutely unbelievable. I had never heard of that incident before. Thanks for the link, John!

  8. Great White Rat says:

    John, to be clear, my sarcasm was aimed at the Wahhabists, not at you. I agree that the facts in this case speak volumes and don’t need any embellishing.