Interfaith Group Blasts Horowitz' Islamophobia Promotion Week

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Under the leadership of David Horowitz, Ann Coulter, Rick Santorum, and their neoconservative colleagues "Islamo-Fascism Awareness Week" which took place October 22-26 on many campuses across America, including USC and UCLA. We believe that this was a calculated strategy to inflame fear of Muslims and ultimately to soften up the American public to support the next assault in the "War on Terror:" war against Iran. The audience is not so much the young people and their professors on campus but the unsuspecting public -you and us. 

Several days after the attacks of September 11, 2001 Ann Coulter asserted: "We should invade their [Muslim's] countries, kill their leaders and convert them to Christianity." Last week she told Donny Deutsch: "... we should throw Judaism away and we should all be Christians." Now she is scheduled to take her message to academic institutions, to challenge their practices of freedom of inquiry and speech. The targets are Muslims, participants in Women's Studies Centers and academics who do not espouse the neo-conservative litany. But the ultimate victim of these hate-fests will be America's reputation for fair play, civility, tolerance and liberty. 

Like their distant cousins, "The Marching Seasons" in Northern Ireland and the Oktoberfest of Nazi Germany, the week-long "educational programs" called "Islamo-Fascism Week" are centrally planned in off-campus propaganda "institutes. "Talk-radio and Fox-television "personalities" will spend a week on a spree with Horowitz and Coulter in the lead -- vilifying Muslims, women's aspirations, and the life of the mind. Most Americans have already been urged to be suspicious of Muslims, educated women, and "pointy-headed" intellectuals. Horowitz and Coulter will fan the hate, masquerading as people seeking "open discussion" while delivering "dire warnings." 

These are the sentiments of haters. Coulter's remarks, barely noticed when they were directed toward Muslims, now target Jews. In Coulter's imaginings a perfect America has only Christians -everyone else is here on sufferance until they are "perfected." According to Coulter's God, they must cease to be who they are since Coulter's religious truth is singularly correct. We recall the brave words of Pastor Martin Neimoller in Nazi Germany: 

They came for the Communists, and I didn't object - For I wasn't a Communist; 

They came for the Socialists, and I didn't object - For I wasn't a Socialist;

They came for the labor leaders, and I didn't object - For I wasn't a labor leader;

They came for the Jews, and I didn't object - For I wasn't a Jew; 

Then they came for me - And there was no one left to object. 

One of America's greatest achievements used to be our highly trained college graduates -- visitors from other countries, immigrants and native-born -- who were inspired by the life and learning that they experienced on campus to work for liberty and justice. Now we are teaching them a different set of values. Mr. Horowitz is creating scapegoats -- in effect creating "new enemies" -- who must be silenced in the run-up to the war against Iran.  

Ironically, the real threat of fascism comes from the authoritarian mind-set -in government and in people -- that substitutes fear and hate for the complex learning about each other that moves us beyond stereotypes. Recent scholars have produced helpful guidelines for identifying fascism but no better definition exists than the behavior, the thinking and verbal expressions of the architects of these hate-fests with their promotion of open hostility to academia and its hallmarks, critical thinking and civilized debate. It is now common for professors and other academics to be bullied and even censored. One of the hallmarks of "real" fascism is its propensity for cultural intimidation and bullying. 

The popular culture of the Enlightenment -- the movement that shaped America's approach to the separation of Church and State, religious equality and tolerance -- gave us Gotthold Lessing's 1779 play entitled, Nathan the Wise. At the heart of the play is a parable of "three rings" given by a loving parent to his off-spring. Each ring is an authentication of the three religions -Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Each of the three religions, who are off-spring of the Sovereign, receive an identical looking ring thus placing them on an equal footing. Each religion received the ring of religion from the "Father" God, and none would ever know who possesses the 'true ring/faith.' From the perspective of the bestower and the belief of the holder, no one could settle the issue of the true faith but each could appreciate and respect the other. Lessing's message was a hope for a then, new emerging 'civil society,' in which no religion would dominate but each religion would have equal standing. Mutual acceptance of each religion's equal status before God and society, formed the earliest steps toward interfaith appreciation. The play's "lesson" affirmed each religious community's inherent dignity. 

Interfaith Communities United for Justice and Peace believes that the appropriate response to diversity in our world is to search and work together for understanding and toleration. Since 9/11 our various communities have met each Friday morning to talk, to learn, and to seek common ground. We continue to search for an end to war-making. We embrace free speech. We cherish our colleagues of other faith traditions who seek to 'welcome the stranger' 'love their neighbor' do justice and walk humbly with their vision of sacred wisdom.

The authors of this article include: 

Rev. George Regas, Pastor Emeritus of All-Saints Pasadena and Founder of ICUJP 

Shakeel Syed, Executive Director of the Muslim Shura Council http://www.shuracouncil.org

Rabbi Haim Dov Beliak, co-director of www.JewsOnFirst.org


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Older Comments:
ZINEDINE FROM MOROCCO said:
Salaamu alaikum,

Americans, please read this verse:

"49:13 O mankind! We created you from a single (pair) of a male and a female, and made you into nations and TRIBES, that ye may know each other (not that ye may despise (each other). Verily the most honoured of you in the sight of Allah is (he who is) the most righteous of you. And Allah has full knowledge and is well acquainted (with all things). "
Al-Hujurat (The Dwellings) [49:13 Holy Quran
2007-11-02

ZINEDINE FROM MOROCCO said:
This time Romesh is right!!! Scrubbing shits makes it stink even more!!!
2007-11-02

ALFONSO FROM UNITED STATES said:
That is true "biblical" christianity will never compromise with Islam because christians and catholics, historically, have never known what the word tolerance means. It is sad that they have lost the true teachings of Jesus (peace be upon him) which was pure monotheism. They follow a syncretized religion (Greek and Roman paganism w/ monotheism). Not a good mix since it creates what we see-hate.
2007-11-01

CLIFFORD ISHII FROM USA said:
Again, Biblical Christianity will not compromise with islam period.
2007-10-31

NAZIM FROM NJ FROM US said:
Ignorance is no substitute for active opposition. Haven't we learned our lessons yet? Those who demand their rights the most vigorous gets it. This is America after all, its not about the size of our community, but the amount of activism, money, and interest we show our deen and fight for what we truly believe.

I say if true ideological fascists like Mr. Horowitz, Coulter, Defeatist Sen. Santorum (whose bumbper sticker I ripped off once), want to to shut out Islam and Muslims from being politically active and the mainstream, then we better organize and more vigourously fight for our faith. This to me is on par with intellectual struggle (jihad). Remember the pen is indeed mightier than the s
2007-10-31

ROMESH CHANDER FROM USA said:
Muslims should not have opposed the IslamoFascism Week; rather they should have just ignored it. They should have gone to the lectures, listened to the nonesense without asking questions and then quietly walked away. That way, there would have been little or no publicity to Horowitz.

Now the situation is reversed. Becuase of active opposition and interruption of the speakers, Horowitz gets lot of publicity and gets newer following to his web-sites, which he can use to come back again the spring and next fall and expand it to more college campuses and probably sometimes to high schools.

To defeat the enemy, sometimes it is wiser not to attack the enemy frontally. What was needed was an intellectual attack and muslims missed the opportunity.
2007-10-31