Saturday, October 27, 2007

Well, we brought the fascists out...

The fascists came out in force tonight at Emory University and broke up what would have been an interesting conversation. I hardly got through fiteen minutes of my scheduled talk before members of the audience who come to protest rather than to listen became so unruly that it was impossible to go on. (Video and reports on Islamo-Fascism Week available at

This is too bad, particularly for the students at Emory, which is a good school and whose student audiences have always been civil when I spoke there in the past. After the event became a shambles, I went over to the local Starbucks to indulge in a tall Orange Mocha. While I was sitting there the president of the Muslim Students Association came over and introduced herself, and shared her regrets at what had happened. I thanked her for that and told her I would like to continue conversation another time.

I think most of the students present (the disrupters were outsiders mostly over the age of thirty and apparently belonged to the group United for Peace and Justice) would have found the rest of the evening a stimlating and informative experience, which is what Islamo-fascism Awareness Week was intended to be.

The left merely inflicted a defeat on itself, since civil America, both left and right, will be appalled at the spectacle. Moreover, it's impossible to shut down Islamo-Fascism Awareness Week which has been the intent of our "critics" from the beginning.

We set out to start a discussion about Islamo-Fascism and the oppression of women in Islam (and the deafening silence of Women's Studies Departments over that oppression) and we have done just that. On 114 campuses and in the national press on national TV and across the Internet and the talk-radio network, people are talking about Islamo-fascism and the oppression of women in Islam and the silence of Women's Studies departments about that oppression. (E.g., 383,000 web references and counting.) That was what we set out to achieve and we have.

In the process we have exposed the hateful tactics of the left, including the American Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (whose pro-Hizbollah founder can be seen on Hizbollah TV here) who organized a national campaign of slander against the students that organized our events and the speakers who came to their campuses.

No sane person will believe their malicious character assassinations and attacks which have become a familiar currency of leftist outrages; their disgraceful behavior will win them no allies.

Emory will get a big black eye from this evening's events which is unfortunate but inevitable. Universities like Emory are paying the price of not taking care of the important task of establishing a campus decorum appropriate to civilized discussion. As I have said many times, there should be zero tolerance for disrupters at campus events, and that means a sufficient police presence to eject the barbarians when they enter the gates. Unfortunately, that didn't happen this evening.

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