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Muslim Students Force U of M to Cancel American Sniper


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(Editor: www.thereportcard.org The University of Maryland is the third college to cancel a showing of American Sniper because of politically correct pressure from Muslim student groups. Rensselaer delayed screening and the University of Michigan first cancelled the movie then reversed themselves when a majority of students cried “censorship.” The Muslim student groups say American Sniper is “Islamophobic.” That magic adjective is all it takes for college administrators to quake with fear and cancel the First Amendment on campus. The university left now practices a form of totalitarian censorship against what they dislike and promote indoctrination about things they do like-such as anti-Israel, pro-Palestinian causes)

by Christine Rouselle Townhall

The film American Sniper has run in to controversy once again on a college campus, as a showing of the movie has been canceled at the University of Maryland following student outcry that the movie is Islamaphobic.

The university decided to cancel the screening after outcry from Muslim students on campus. The Muslim Students Association at the University of Maryland even started a petition requesting that the school pull the screening of American Sniper. In the petition, the group stated that the film “perpetuates the spread of Islamaphobia and is offensive to many Muslims around the world for good reason.”

Ironically enough, the group also requested that students “exercise their freedom of speech” by signing the petition to remove the film from campus. MSA seemingly got their wish this morning when the school decided to cancel the screening.

 

 

UMD is not the only school that has seen controversy erupt over the film. The University of Michigan initially canceled its showing of American Sniper, but reversed following an even larger outcry from upset students who wanted to see the movie. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) also delayed showing the film after complaints from the Muslim Students Association. George Mason University in Virginia has also seen students protest to ban the film from campus.

It’s curious to see how quickly schools are folding on the issue of American Sniper. The petition at the University of Maryland garnered only 318 signatures–compared to the over 26,000 undergraduates enrolled at the school, that number is incredibly tiny. At Michigan, a “couple hundred” students signed a letter condemning the film before administrators folded. (A petition to bring the film back to campus, however, garnered over 600 signatures.)

When I was back in college and I didn’t like a movie that was being shown or wasn’t interested in an event, I simply found another activity to do that night. With thousands of undergrads, there’s bound to be something else happening in College Park. Viewing American Sniper (or going to any of these random events on campus) is not a graduation requirement. It’s 2015. Netflix/Hulu Plus/Amazon Prime/questionably legal online sources are all viable ways to watch a movie in ones own dorm room as an alternative to something put on by the school. Students should act like adults and trust their classmates to make their own decisions.

UTA Students Plan American Sniper Screening Protest

 

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Brigitte Gabriel: Muslim Brotherhood Infiltrating US K-12 Education


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By Bill Korach. St. Augustine www.thereportcard.org

 

Last night, Brigit Gabriel, President of ACT for America spoke to a packed auditorium of 600 at Crescent Beach Baptist Church on the topic of the proposed Obama nuclear agreement with Iran, and Islamic efforts to infiltrate US school. Ms. Gabriel stated that the Saudis have channeled hundreds of millions of petro dollars to US universities across the nation for the purpose of putting a positive spin on Islam. She pointed out that Harvard has been endowed with $20 Million and named at least 20 other colleges including The University of Florida.

 

Ms. Gabriel also indicated that indoctrination of America’s K-12 schools include use of 35 textbooks that falsify history in order to portray Islam in a favorable light and as a religion of peace. One fascinating historical fact mentioned was that the Yellow Star of David Jews were forced to wear under Nazi occupation was in fact created by a Muslim Mullah in the Middle Ages Caliph al-Mutawakkil (847–61).

 

Ms. Gabriel indicated that a new teacher’s lesson plan has incorporated requiring student to take Islamic names and discuss issues important to Muslims such as the idea that Israel is an army of occupation, and oppression.

 

An example of that lesson was reported by the Wisconsin Independant about Oak Grove elementary school:

 

Union Grove High School history teacher Beth Urban sent out an e-mail to students describing a future assignment where the student is asked to put themselves in the shoes of a Muslim.

According to the e-mail obtained by popular radio show host Vicki McKenna, the students were to write a five paragraph essay pretending to be a Muslim.  The student is asked to write about the daily struggles that they would face as a Muslim student in the United States.  The e-mail goes on to remind the students that class has been watching documentaries that have the facts needed to write the essay.

The assignment begs to have a few questions answered.

First of all, what documentaries were watched and who produced them?  The Middle East is known for producing several “documentaries” that are full of propaganda and anti-American sentiment.  Is that truly the type of video that our students should be exposed to?  Were there other videos shown to balance the debate on the subject?

Is this assignment a conflict between separation of church and state?  There have been many documented cases of Christian students being denied the ability to pray in public school and today’s history books have been mostly stripped of Christian history.  Why is Christianity allowed to be shunned in our public schools while teachers are allowed to assign an assignment as religious based as this?

Most importantly, are the parents of Union Grove High School aware that this type of assignment is allowed in the school’s curriculum?  How about the local school board?

The role of a history class is to teach history and not to show sympathy for any religious group.  Hopefully the parents will remind the faculty of this so these type of assignments can be avoided in the future.

Ms. Gabriel stated that ACT had been a force behind Florida  SB 864 that allows school districts to choose their own materials and not be forced to use the state’s recommendation.

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Brigitte Gabriel to Speak in St. Augustine April 14


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www.thereportcard.org Brigitte Gabriel, one of the foremost security experts on radical Islam in the world, will speak at Crescent Beach Baptist Church 885 SR 206 in St. Augustine 32086 on April 14, 2015 at 7:00 PM. There is no charge for seating, but be sure to arrive early to ensure a place as full attendance is expected.

 

Brigitte Gabriel is the Founder and President of Act for America, will present the latest information, about the rise of ISIS, Islamic indoctrination here in American and particularly in our colleges and K-12 public schools. Ms. Gabriel lectures nationally and internationally about national security and current affairs. Her expertise is sought after by world and business leaders. Ms. Gabriel has addressed the United Nations, the Australian Prime Minister, members of the British Parliament/House of Commons, members of the United States Congress, the Pentagon, the Joint Forces Staff College, the U.S. Special Operations Command, the U.S. Asymmetric Warfare group, the FBI, and many others. In addition, Ms. Gabriel is a regular guest analyst on Fox News Channel, CNN, MSNBC, and various radio stations daily across America. She serves on the board of advisers of the Intelligence Summit.

Ms. Gabriel is the author of two New York Times Best Sellers, BECAUSE THEY HATE and THEY MUST BE STOPPED. Ms. Gabriel is named one of the top 50 most prominent speakers in America. She speaks Arabic, French, English and Hebrew.

 

The event is sponsored by Act for America Jacksonville Chapter. We thank the leadership of Crescent Beach Baptist Church for hosting Ms. Gabriel.

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Pro-Palestinian Campus Attacks on Israel, Jews


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(Editor: www.thereportcard.org Radical Islam is not just rampaging in the Middle East. They are active on American college campuses demanding divestiture of university investments in Israeli companies, when they are not busy actually assaulting Jewish students and students who defend Israel’s right to exist. Mostly school administrators are silent).

By Tammi Rossman-Benjamin is a lecturer at the University of California, Santa Cruz and cofounder of the AMCHA Initiative, a non-profit organization that combats campus anti-Semitism

 

Over the last several years, Jewish students on campuses across the country have been physically, emotionally, and intellectually harassed, intimidated, threatened, and bullied, not only by their fellow students but also by some of their professors:

  • Anti-Israel student activists at the University of Michigan last month hurled death threats at Jewish student council members and called them “dirty Jew” and “kike.”
  • At University of California, Berkeley, a Jewish girl holding an “Israel Wants Peace” sign was ramrodded with a shopping cart by the head of Students for Justice in Palestine.
  • At Harvard University, the Palestine Security Committee frightened Jewish students by placing mock eviction notices on their dormitory rooms.
  • At Northeastern University in Boston, Students for Justice in Palestine vandalized a menorah and disrupted Jewish events.
  • At San Francisco State University this past fall, the General Union of Palestine Students hosted an all-day event where participants could make posters and t-shirts that said, “My Heroes Have Always Killed Colonizers,” meaning Jews.
  • And just last week, at New York University, pro-Palestinian students slipped “eviction notices” under the doors of 2,000 undergrads, scaring Jewish students and parents.

The official response to these episodes has been silence.

The first major source for anti-Jewish sentiment on campus is members of the Muslim and pro-Palestinian student organizations. For more than a decade, these groups have sponsored speakers, films, exhibits, and guerrilla theater that engage in discourse or use imagery and language considered anti-Semitic by the U.S. State Department. These student groups have also been responsible for aggressively confronting students at pro-Israel events and threatening, physically harassing, and assaulting Jewish students.

Over the past couple of years, the groups have also promoted campaigns to boycott Israel or companies that do business with Israel. These campaigns are accompanied by talks, rallies, and exhibits containing anti-Semitic imagery, rhetoric, and actions. Jewish students have reported fearing for their safety in the days leading up to and after the campaigns, saying they were “continuously intimidated” and “repeatedly threatened.”

The second source of anti-Israel sentiment on campus is faculty. In classrooms and at departmentally sponsored events, faculty members have advanced lies and distortions about Zionism, Israel, and Jews, and advocated the elimination of the Jewish State. Although their rhetoric is unscholarly, politically motivated, and even at times anti-Semitic, these professors have wrapped themselves in the mantle of academic freedom, making it very difficult to challenge:

  • For four years, David Klein, a mathematics professor at California State University, Northridge, has been using his university’s server to promote his Web pages calling for the economic, academic, and cultural boycott of Israel. His Web pages contain a litany of false and inflammatory statements and photographs intended to incite hatred and promote political activism against the Jewish State.
  • David Lloyd is a professor of English at University of California, Riverside. In January, he organized an event on his campus that featured Omar Barghouti, the founder and most vocal advocate for the campaign to boycott Israel. Barghouti accused Israeli soldiers of “hunting children,” saying that soldiers “entice children like mice into a trap and murder them for sport.” He also accused “Israel and its well-oiled lobby groups” of “buying and paying for the allegiance of Congress” and controlling the media. Course credit was dangled to students in eight courses for attending Barghouti’s hate speech.
  • At NYU, Prof. Lisa Duggan hosted a conference for students that constituted nothing more than a platform for 21 anti-Israel activists to spew their hatred of the Jewish state and promote a boycott intended to hasten its elimination. Fully aware of its unscholarly, anti-Semitic, politically motivated purpose, Duggan wrote on Facebook, “PLEASE DO NOT post or circulate the flyer. We are trying to avoid press, protestors and public attention.”

The impact of this academic Israel-bashing on students has been enormous. Students have reported feeling emotionally and intellectually harassed and intimidated by their professors, to the point that they are reluctant or afraid to express a view that is not anti-Israel in their classes. They are often afraid to come forward and confront the professor or complain to the university for fear of retaliation.

Sadly, Jewish students who have spoken out have been vilified and attacked for even trying to call attention to the anti-Semitic behavior they are experiencing. For example, at a University of California, Davis anti-Israel “occupation” rally last November, a student who expressed concern about the anti-Semitic banners displayed at the protest was physically assaulted by a protestor who screamed in his face, “You are racist and you should die in hell.”

Who bears the most blame for the tsunami of campus anti-Semitism? University administrators. Distressingly, administrators routinely turn a blind eye to this long-standing and pervasive anti-Jewish bigotry and ignore Jewish students’ pleas for help. Language and behavior that would never be tolerated from students or faculty when directed against other campus minorities goes unchallenged by administrators when directed against Jewish students. The primary responsibility for addressing campus anti-Semitism rests with university administrators. Unfortunately, they are missing in action when it comes to protecting Jewish students rights and ensuring their safety.

Administrators: It’s time to stop hiding.

 

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Islamists Shout “Allahu Akbar”…at University of California


 

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(Editor: www.thereportcard.org Many students American universities have been passing resolutions against the State of Israel, but few as strident and potentially violent at what took place at U of C Davis. Jewish and other pro-Israel students were shouted down and threatened with cries of “Allahu Akbar” just as we also heard when the captured Jordanian pilot was burned alive by Islamic State. Has life on American universities become mob rule? Where is the U of C Davis administration? Are they busy being tolerant? Why not just invite a guest speaker from ISIS)?

By Brendan Bordelon National Review

Pro-Hamas students at the University of California at Davis chanted “Allahu akbar” at Jewish students filing out of a student government vote calling on the college to divest from companies who do business in Israel.

The 8 to 2 vote passed the council on Thursday, the latest in a series of council resolutions passed by students at UC campuses at Berkeley, San Diego, Santa Cruz, Irvine, and Riverside. The council urged the university regent to divest from companies like Caterpillar Inc. and Raytheon, which provide military equipment to Israel.

As pro-Israeli students exited the auditorium, a throng of students waving Palestinian flags began the chant. “Takbir!” one shouted, with the others all shouting “Allahu akbar” in unison. The chant is frequently used by Islamic terrorist groups and other Islamist extremists as a way to denote victory and intense religious conviction.

The resolution was part of the broader “BDS” (boycott, divestment, sanctions) movement seeking to isolate Israel internationally. The particular push at UC Davis, however, was sponsored by Students for Justice in Palestine.

The Clarion Project reports that one student senator, expressed jubilation over the successful vote, excitedly exclaiming that that “Hamas and Sharia law have taken over UC Davis.”

 

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California High School Promotes Hijab Day


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By Bill Korach www.thereportcard.org

 

The Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) has an aggressive approach to school indoctrination. CAIR, licked to Hamas, a terrorist organization and The Muslim Brotherhood, is the US propaganda arm of Hamas. Pam Geller, an activist concerned about the rise of Radical Islam stated:

 

A Jihad Watch reader in the Sacramento area has sent me this flier (click to enlarge), showing that today is NP3 Hijab Day at NP3 High School. NP3 stands for Natomas Pacific Pathways Prep; the school is in the Natomas Unified School District in Sacramento. This all started with a student at NP3 High who is an intern for the Hamas-linked terror organization the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR). This student gave a presentation about Islamophobia and Islam at what was a mandatory staff meeting that also included an official CAIR representative.

The school then now decided to sponsor an official “Hijab Day” in cooperation with Hamas-linked CAIR. The flier also shows that another Muslim Brotherhood-linked organization, the Muslim Students Association, is also involved. Every female member of the faculty and staff, and students as well, has been encouraged to wear a hijab today. NP3’s principal, Tom Rutten, has been strongly encouraging everyone to participate and wear one.

 

 

Even though Natomas Pacific Pathways Prep (NP3) Principal Tom Rutten has voiced his support and approval of the controversial observance of Islamic culture, he says his school is not guilty of promoting or giving preferential treatment toward the religion.

“It’s not school sponsored — it’s not school run,” Rutten contended Wednesday, according to FOX 40. “We’re not forcing an opinion on anyone.”

Justifying “Hijab Day” by maintaining that it was organized as part of a senior project, Rutten expressed to FOX 40 that celebrating the Islamic apparel will provide students with the opportunity to learn how to wear headscarves properly. In the Muslim culture, such headdresses are allegedly viewed as a symbol of modesty.

Stressing that wearing a headscarf is not mandatory, Rutten says that participating in Hijab Day will enable students to learn valuable life lessons.

“Hijab Day is a way of teaching tolerance and understanding of others,” Rutten proclaimed.

According to one student at the school located in the city of Natomas — just northwest of California’s state capitol, Sacramento — Hijab Day is a way of promoting acceptance.

“It taught a lot about respecting one another and to accept that some people wear headscarves,” claimed Amna, a student at NP3.

Ties to Muslim Brotherhood?

After learning about Hijab Day, Jihad Watch’s expert on Islam, Robert Spencer, was amazed at the pro-Islamic mainstream media coverage, which he says only covered one side of the issue.

“The whole thing is dismissed, as always in the mainstream media, as ‘bigotry,’” Spencer argued. “And, of course, Fox 40 makes no mention of CAIR’s [Council on Islamic-American Relations] ties to Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood, the jihad terror convictions of several of its former officials, the fact that the United Arab Emirates designated it a terror organization, etc.”

Spencer argues that the media silenced the other side of the story the same way Islamic law silences and marginalizes women, which is symbolized by their headscarves.

“But it does go out of its way to say I (without naming me) am ‘anti-Muslim,’ without bothering to note the issues regarding the oppression of women and religion-and-state involved here,” Spencer continued. “Typical sloppy and one-sided mainstream media story. In posting it, Hamas-linked CAIR has disabled comments, as they always do. That in itself is telling.”

Case dismissed … before presented

FOX 40 reported that Rutten received more than 20 complaints from across the nation in immediate response to Hijab Day.

“S ome people just wanted to yell,” Rutten discredited the concerns. “Pretty closed-minded .”

What many were upset about had to do with this notice posted by school officials to NP3 students announcing Jihab Day and the Muslim group facilitating it:

“January 28, 2015─ The hijab is a headcovering worn by Muslim women as a symbol of modesty and their devotion to God. GIRLS! Come to the library Wednesday morning and MSA [Muslim Student Association] members will assist you in putting your hijab on. You can bring ANY type of rectangular (or square) scarf that is bought at any store. (If you do not have any scarves, they will be provided for you to borrow for the day.)”

Spencer’s objection to Rutten’s dismissal of the other side of the issue was candidly explained his email to the principal.

“I trust that you also have explained or will explain to your student that to dismiss all concern about NP3 Hijab Day as ‘hate-filled,’ ‘irrational,’ and ‘Islamophobic’ doesn’t contribute in the least to ‘open and frank discussion,’ but actually forecloses on the possibility of such a discussion by trying to intimidate people into thinking that concerns they thought were legitimate are actually manifestations of a ‘bigotry’ they were not aware they had,” Spencer wrote. “This is just the opposite of ‘open and frank discussion,’ and I am sure you would agree that this kind of name-calling, intimidation, and groupthink should not be encouraged in academic settings at any level.”

Equal treatment?

Spencer challenged NP3’s principal by asking why he chose to give a voice to the Islamic community while ignoring anti-Semitism, which he notes is much more prevalent in America and around the world than discrimination against Muslims.

“FBI statistics show that hate crimes against Muslims, which are never justified, are actually quite uncommon, with hate crimes against Jews being over four times more common,” Spencer informed Rutten. “Yet I would venture to guess that there has been no event at NP3 High to call attention to the challenges that Jews face, and that none is in the works.”

He then asked Rutten if he would be open to giving Jewish students the same voice and platform at school.

“I understand that NP3 Hijab Day was a student-run event … Would a Jewish or pro-Israel student be allowed to stage a similar Day calling attention to anti-Semitism?” Spencer posed. “If this included the rise in Islamic anti-Semitism in Europe and elsewhere, would this be allowed? Would you allow a Yarmulke Day at NP3 High?”

Spencer then brought up another area of deep concern, which had much to do with national security issues — with Islamic terrorist-affiliated organizations allegedly running things behind the scenes under the guise of cultural enrichment and tolerance.

“CAIR and the MSA appear to have been involved in this event,” Spencer pointed out to Rutten. “Both were named unindicted co-conspirators in the Holy Land trial, which involved funneling money to the terror group Hamas. Both have demonstrable ties, documented and noted by the FBI, with Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood.”

Muslim student’s response

Completely omitting Spencer’s response, FOX 40 published in its entirety the response of the Muslim student who orchestrated the Hijab Day event as part of her “senior project.” Instead of opening up dialogue over the Islamic observance, she berated any concerns as unwanted, misguided and ignorant.

“ At a time when anti-Muslim sentiment is growing, I wanted to let my classmates and teachers know about the challenges that young Muslim women face when they put on a headscarf,” the Muslim student opened up her written statement. “It is unfortunate that a small effort to promote mutual understanding would provoke such a hate-filled and irrational response.”

She then talked about inviting the Islamic organization Spencer identified as being affiliated with jihadist terrorist groups.

“ NP3 Hijab Day was part of my Senior Project, meant to bring awareness to my campus about the misconceptions surrounding Islam, particularly those surrounding the headscarf,” the NP3 student continued. “I invited a speaker to talk to faculty about addressing Islamophobia in the classroom and the challenges in the Muslim world, and they appreciated the open and frank discussion.”

The student proceeded to promote pro-Islamic curriculum, arguing that it should be taught as a standard in public schools across America, discrediting any objections as unworthy of being heard or addressed.

“ The irrational reaction by some intolerant individuals is similar to the many manufactured controversies nationwide over the teaching of basic information about Islam, the faith of one-fifth of the world’s population, in public schools,” she asserted. “In many other cases, any discussion of Islam or American Muslims brings about this reaction.”

She ended by labeling Spencer as a bigot who spreads lies that should be discounted and treated as hate speech.

“The person who promoted the misinformation about this issue, Robert Spencer, is one of the most notorious Islamophobes in America,” the student ended. “This extreme reaction clearly demonstrates why this presentation was needed in the first place.”

Putting things in perspective by opening dialogue

Spencer included in his email to NP3’s principal how Christians, who represent the founding religion of America, wouldn’t be able to get away with sponsoring a similar day of religious observance at a public school.

“As I am sure you’re aware, even student-run events by Christian students have come under fire in public schools in recent years, and many see them as a violation of the Establishment Clause,” Spencer told Rutten. “Would you allow a Wear the Cross Day? I have never heard of such an event in any public school, except in conjunction with protests against it on Constitutional grounds. Do you not think this is a double standard — and one perpetuated by Hijab Day at NP3 High?”

The expert on Islam informed Rutten further on facets of the religion that he should be familiar with before allowing students to unconditionally promote it.

“Many women and girls around the world have been brutalized and even killed for not wearing a hijab,” Spencer informed. “Are you not concerned that NP3’s Hijab Day might end up justifying and helping perpetuate the pretexts for this oppression? What steps did you take to ensure that that did not happen?”

Spencer closed his email to Rutten by exhorting him to set an example for his students by encouraging dialogue over controversial issues — rather than silencing one side without giving it a voice.

“If a student wanted to hold a Day calling attention to the oppression of women that is all too often justified by Islamic law, would that be allowed at NP3?” Spencer questioned Rutten. “I hope these questions make it clear that there are legitimate concerns regarding NP3’s Hijab Day, and to dismiss them as ‘hate-filled’ is simply an attempt to shut down the public discussion that is needed on these issues.”

 

 

 

 

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Leftist Profs: Paris Massacre Fault of US, Islamophobia


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Prof. Juan Cole
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(Editor: www.thereportcard.org The academic left, that is to say the majority of history and political science professors an American universities, continues to blame American actions and Western thought on Islamic violence. For example, according to University of Michigan Professor Juan Cole, the Charlie Hebdo murderers, the Kouashi were “radicalized” by Bush. Thus Harvard students are able to say with a straight face that America is a greater threat to the world than ISIS. Out of control political correctness an American universities and now in K-12 has become threat to the national security of the United States).

 

By Cinnamon Stillwell Campus Watch

Middle East studies professors responded to the attacks by Islamic terrorists in Paris earlier this month not with rigorous, informed analysis or even unadultered sympathy for those gunned down in the offices of Charlie Hebdo and a kosher market. Their reaction was instead precisely what one has come to expect from academics more concerned with shielding Islam from blame and shifting responsibility for its adherents’ actions to the West than with the disinterested pursuit of truth.

University of Michigan history professor Juan Cole accused the Bush/Cheney administration and the Iraq War of “radicalizing” terrorist brothers, Sharif and Said Kouashi:

 

Maybe the staff at Charlie Hebdo would be alive if George W. Bush and Richard Bruce Cheney hadn’t modeled for the Kouashi brothers how you take what you want and rub out people who get in your way.

 

In Cole’s conspiracy-mongering imagination, attacking the magazine was “a strategic strike, aiming at polarizing the French and European public” by playing “into the hands of Marine LePen and the Islamophobic French Right wing,” provoking “European society into pogroms against French Muslims,” and bolstering “al-Qaeda recruitment.”

University of California, Riverside creative writing professor Reza Aslan claimed that an “anti-Muslim backlash” had created “tension among the Muslim population in Europe and non-Muslim population,” leading “a lot of young Muslims” to “feel angry, perhaps, threatened, enough to actually take up violence.” His equivocating caused the interviewer to stress, “in no way are you saying that violence is ever right in this particular situation; you are explaining the conditions that precipitated this.”

Omid Safi, director of Duke University’s Islamic Studies Center, opposed treating “this as a freedom of speech issue” because, he argued, “French society, like many other European societies, is awash in a wave of anti-immigrant xenophobia.” He excoriated the French for using the “freedom to offend” to target “again and again communities that are marginalized and ostracized.” He then blamed colonialism:

 

The traumas of the French Muslim population today are linked to and an extension of the violence inflicted by the French on Muslims colonized for decades.

 

True to form, Safi split hairs in objecting to the media’s use of the term “Islamists” to define the perpetrators:

If we define being an Islamist as someone who’s committed to establishing an Islamic state, there is no proof of that commitment on the part of the shooters. It seems more prudent to simply call them what we know they were: violent criminals.

 

Islamic terrorism, however, is merely a means to the same end.

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Other academics followed suit. Hofstra University Islamic studies professor Hussein Rashid, claiming that Muslims in Europe “feel like they are besieged” and view satirizing Islam “as bullying,” concluded that, “it is not so much about religious anger, as it is about vengeance.” Ingrid Mattson, who chairs Islamic studies at Huron University College in Ontario, tweeted that, “The attack on #CharlieHebdo is not about Islam vs the West. Many Muslims have had their heads taken off by fanatics who detested their views,” as if the Paris terrorists were motivated by Muslim-on-Muslim violence.

Meanwhile, Khaled Fahmy, a historian at the American University of Cairo who has taught Islamic studies at New York University, argued that religion was “just a veneer” for resentment against “colonial powers” and Western “Orientalist” condescension. “It is the nonviolence that needs to be explained, not the violence,” he asserted. Taking the willful blindness even further, M. Steven Fish, a political scientist at the University of California, Berkeley stated, “Is Islam violent? I would say absolutely not. There is very little empirical evidence that Islam is violent.”

Hatem Bazian, director of the apologetic Islamophobia Research & Documentation Project at the University of California, Berkeley, maintained that the attack “has nothing to do with Islam in general” and presented a laundry list of “racism, discrimination, bigotry, Islamophobia, [and] anti-Semitism” as the culprits. Claiming that, “it is utterly wrong to assign blame to Islam of old and assert that this is the pre-modern imposing itself on the modern world,” Bazian made an obscene charge against critics of radical Islam:

[T]he Islamophobic industry in Europe and the U.S. are happier the more such murderers in Paris, Yemen, Iraq, and Nigeria authenticate with violent actions their distorted and racist views of Islam and the Prophet.

Mark LeVine, a history professor at the University of California, Irvine, joined the chorus of denial:

[U]ltimately the violence against Charlie Hebdo is not about Islam per se; it’s about a contemporary world system that is particularly adept at grinding down whatever decent values exist in Islam and other faith systems (and in liberal capitalism as well).

Noting that “the Charlie Hebdo attackers are reportedly of Algerian descent and the third from Senegal,” LeVine declared, “Where does the story begin? Quite simply with colonialism.”

Muqtedar Khan, a political scientist at the University of Delaware, acknowledged the terrorists’ ideology, but made an intellectually vacuous argument of moral equivalency by referring to, “the twin threats to us all – Islamophobia in the West and Muslim radicalism everywhere.” Khan worried that “Muslims in the West, who live as weak and marginalized minorities, will now be confronted with more Islamophobic discourses, policies and hate crimes,” which, he predicted, “will lead to more radicalization, more despicable acts, and then another stronger backlash.”

University of California, Los Angeles law professor Khaled Abou El Fadl bemoaned the “radicalizing role” of France’s “particularly exaggerated racial and ethnic problem,” claiming that the “French government has an obligation to identify areas where people might be particularly vulnerable,” such as “artists, or at synagogues, or a mosque targeted by white racists.” Obfuscating further, he stated:

Times of crime and murder are not the time to quibble over whether freedom of speech is a Western value or a Christian value or a Muslim value.

University of California, Los Angeles English professor Saree Makdisi objected to the “binary structure” and the “colonial and post-colonial conflict” allegedly “looming behind the whole Charlie affair”:

“We” in the West are rational, good, modern and free (just don’t bring up the sordid legacy of colonialism, slavery, religious wars, etc.), while “they” are backward, bad, irrational and violent.

Instead, he touted the platitude, “Every culture has its mix of tolerance and intolerance, right and wrong, freedom and its absence.”

Echoing President Barack Obama, Oxford University Islamic studies professor Tariq Ramadan employed the vague term, “violent extremism,” which, he claimed, is “not only a Muslim business.” Rather than express sympathy, Ramadan accused Charlie Hebdo’s editors of “target[ing] Muslims” for the purpose of “making money,” adding, “It has nothing to do with courage.”

Similarly, former DePaul University professor Norman Finkelstein claimed that, “Charlie Hebdo is sadism. It’s not satire,” and equated it with Der Stürmer, a weekly newspaper in Nazi Germany notorious for its anti-Semitic caricatures:

So, two despairing and desperate young men act out their despair and desperation against this political pornography no different than Der Stürmer, who in the midst of all of this death and destruction decide it’s somehow noble to degrade, demean, humiliate and insult the people. I’m sorry . . . I have no sympathy for [the staff of Charlie Hebdo].

Georgetown University history professor Abdullah Al-Arian held Western civilization responsible—“from Voltaire and the Enlightenment to the present”—for “anti-Muslim cultural production,” “the rise of a pervasive Islamophobic atmosphere,” and a “wave of anti-Muslim terrorism.” Ignoring centuries of Islamic aggression and supremacism, he maintained that “the abhorrent violence by some Muslims is a recent phenomenon.”

Columbia University Iranian studies professor Hamid Dabashi made an ahistorical analogy by likening “the current wave of Islamophobia in Europe” to “classical European anti-Semitism.” Denouncing Israeli Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu’s inclusion in the Paris unity rally following the attacks, Dabashi offered this odious comparison:

I leave it to you to ponder the bizarre irony of Zionist propaganda partaking and exacerbating this Islamophobia—or is it an irony—where Zionism to Judaism stands like Islamism to Islam.

One might expect acts of unadulterated evil like the massacres in Paris to be met with unqualified condemnation from the American professoriate. But obfuscation, moral relativism, apologetics, and anti-Western bigotry are the strong suits of today’s Middle East studies establishment. Islamists seeking to forbid criticism of radical Islam and undermine Western law and culture can count on their allies in academe.

Cinnamon Stillwell is the West Coast Representative for Campus Watch, a project of the Middle East Forum. She can be reached at stillwell@meforum.org

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Colorado HS Students Forced to Wear Hajib on Mosque Field Trip


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By Bill Korach www.thereportcard.org

A Colorado school district has come under fire from parents in the community when a local middle school told girls that they will have to submit to sharia-compliant rules regarding covering their heads and ankles on a field trip to a Muslim mosque in Denver.

According to Western Journalism, the Douglas County School District, located just south of Denver county, informed students and parents that their daughters must abide by an imposed dress code for the world religions field trip taking place Tuesday, January 13. “All students must wear appropriate long pants. Ankles must be covered. Girls must bring wide scarves or hooded sweatshirts for the mosque,” the notice read.

 

KNUS radio host Peter Boyles reports the Douglas County school system issued these rules to students in a notification to parents:

The world religions field trip is next Tuesday, January 13. We will be visiting the Denver Mosque, the Assumption Greek Orthodox Cathedral, and the Rodef-Shalom Synagogue. We will then eat lunch at Park Meadows Food Court. Students must either bring a sack lunch or money to purchase lunch at the food court.

THERE IS A DRESS CODE FOR THIS TRIP: All students must wear appropriate long pants. Ankles must be covered. Girls must bring wide scarves or hooded sweatshirts for the mosque.

“Public schools are forbidden from holding girls to different standards than boys,” Boyles notes. “They’re holding these girls to a different standard – it’s a religious reason.

“Islam dictates many, I believe – personal belief – repressive practices against women and Islamophobia will trump womens’ rights. Animal rights every time, and the environment.”

 

Boyles says, “That’s their belief – that’s wonderful. But don’t apply it to public school kids.”

He notes there is a difference between an individual visiting a house of worship voluntarily and complying with its rules, versus a school requiring students to comply with them.

According to Boyles, the mosque is the only place students will be visiting that has a strict dress code.

He urged his listeners to call the school system to get answers.

“Sharia in the classroom,” Pamela Geller says succinctly on her website.

“Here again we see anywhere American law and Islamic law conflict, it is American law that has to give way.”

Geller adds, “The subjugation and oppression of women are enshrined under the sharia. Young school girls should not be forced to “respect” a dress code that represents honor violence, female genital mutilation, forced marriage, child marriage et al.”

So far, the school district has not responded to Boyles’ report.

 

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“Islamophobe” A Noun or a Threat?


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By Bill Korach www.thereportcard.org

 

In light of the Islamic massacre of the staff of the magazine “Charlie Hebdo in Paris, I am rethinking what it means to be labeled an Islamophobe. The Report Card has published a number of articles about the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) which is the US face of Hamas a terrorist organization. For these fact based articles, I was named an “Islamophobe” in CAIR’s annual Florida Report. In November last year, this news story appeared in The Report Card about the annual report.

 

 

“The Council on Islamic American Relations (CAIR), the American face of HAMAS, a terrorist organization as recognized by the State Department, produced their 2014 Florida Annual Report this month naming Report Card publisher William Korach an “Islamophobe.” The Report was distributed at their banquet and will be posted to their website in due course. CAIR has been active in obstructing the New York Police Department from surveillance of Islamic radicals, fighting the use of the phrase “radical Islam” in official reports and in the media, and indoctrinating American schools about Islam. The Report Card has published a series of articles on key CAIR operative Hassan Shibly’s lectures on Islam in Tampa schools.

 

CAIR’s list of Islamophobes also includes Col. Allen West, former Florida US Congressman, Dr. William Saxton, who holds a Ph.D in physics from Harvard and is President of Citizens for National Security, Florida Senator Alan Hays, Volusia County Republican Party Chairman Tony Ledbetter, Randy McDaniels, President of Jacksonville Act for America and others.”

 

In America, it is commonplace for one side or another to label their opponents. For example, Democrats frequently say that Republicans are “racist.” Republicans say that many Democrats are now “socialists.” Each side causes anger and retort, but at the end of the day, they are just nouns or words, no one is killed in the process. But what does it mean when a Muslim calls out an opponent or uses the name “Islamophobe?” Is that a noun or is it a threat? Does it mean that the labeled individual is a marked man?

 

Many murders have been carried out by Islamic radicals because they claim their victims slandered (kidhb) the Prophet Mohammed. To be labeled an Islamophobe means that that one is hostel to Islam and perhaps has slandered Islam, an act worthy of death. It is not at all hard to earn a death sentence in the world of Islam. We see plainly that it meant death to the staff of Charlie Hebdo. Could that happen in America? It already has. Should I start making use of my concealed carry permit? Maybe it’s time.

 

 

 

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Pro-Muslim Anti-Semitism at Berkeley


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(Editor: www.thereportcard.org The Anti-Defamation League has documented at least 50-60 pro-Palestinian anti-Israel protests on college campuses each year since 2002. Many colleges are divesting their endowment funds of Israeli owned stocks. Divestment petitions at dozens of other universities – including Harvard, Princeton and the University of California at Berkeley – have drawn accusations of anti-Semitism throughout the year, most notably from Harvard professor Lawrence Summers. Somehow it is always Israel who is the bad guy while the Muslims radicals are the injured party. They behead women and children and massacre entire populations because they are misunderstood).

 

By Malcolm Kline

When faced with a choice between confronting two evils, elites—particularly academic ones—usually focus on the less prevalent one.  “In April, the Fifth Annual Conference on Islamophobia was held at UC Berkeley’s Boalt Law School, organized by Hatem Bazian, a Palestinian activist, co-founder of Students for Justice in Palestine, and professor of a current Berkeley course called ‘De-Constructing Islamophobia and the History of Otherness,’ with part of the course requirements being that students open a Twitter account and tweet at least once a week about ‘Islamophobia,’” Richard L. Cravatts, president of Scholars for Peace in the Middle East wrote in The Times of Israel.

Meanwhile, Cravatts notes, “FBI statistics indicate that acts of anti-Semitism occur with eight times the regularity of anti-Muslim incidents, and that between 2011 and 2012 alone, the number of anti-Semitic incidents on college campuses tripled.”

Tammi Benjamin of the AMCHA Intitiative did a study of Center for Near East Studies (CNES) events at UCLA from 2010-2013 and found that “Significant anti-semitic activity and anti-Israel bias were found in these events, as well as a singling out of Israel for opprobrium from among all other Middle Eastern countries.”

“A majority of the events about Israel demonized and delegitimized it, with a significant minority condoning terrorism against Israeli civilians, as well as promoting boycott and divestment efforts. A large majority of the invited speakers at the events have demonized Israel and promoted boycott and divestment. One-third have compared Jews to Nazis, and one-third have condoned terrorism.”

Scholars from the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (against Israel, that is) movement took issue with Benjamin’s definition of anti-semitism, yet, Cravatts points out, she took the definition used by the State Department, never a pillar of pro-Israel information.

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