The Hate Campaign at Temple – by David Horowitz

David Horowitz was one of the founders of the New Left in the 1960s and an editor of its largest magazine, Ramparts. He is the author, with Peter Collier, of three best selling dynastic biographies: The Rockefellers: An American Dynasty (1976); The Kennedys: An American Dream (1984); and The Fords: An American Epic (1987). Looking back in anger at their days in the New Left, he and Collier wrote Destructive Generation (1989), a chronicle of their second thoughts about the 60s that has been compared to Whittaker Chambers’ Witness and other classic works documenting a break from totalitarianism. Horowitz examined this subject more closely in Radical Son (1996), a memoir tracing his odyssey from “red-diaper baby” to conservative activist that George Gilder described as “the first great autobiography of his generation.” He is author of the newly published book The Great Betrayal (Regnery 2014), which is a chronicle of the Democrats treachery in the war on terror before 9/11 to the death of Osama bin Laden.


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Everywhere you look these days Americans’ most basic freedom is under attack by the jihadists of the international left. The infamous UN Human Rights Commission which includes the worst human rights violators on the planet (now joined by the Obama Administration) has recently passed a resolution against religious defamation — defined as linking Islamists to terrorism. At home Democrats have attached a “hate crimes” amendment which would make thinking a crime to the new defense appropriations bill. Radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh has been banned from owning a National Football League team on the grounds that he is a conservative and conservatives are hateful. And at Temple students who have invited one of the most important international figures in the fight against Islamic terrorism are being attacked by the Muslim Students Association on the grounds that his speech is going to be “hateful.” I myself was scheuled to speak at St. Louis University a Catholic college next Friday but was banned by administrators when supporters of the jihad claimed that my speech would insult Muslims.

The pattern is clear. First smear those who disagree with you as “hate-mongers” and then silence them as untouchables. And soon — if the hate crimes legislation movement continues to roll — put them in jail. Perhaps the most disturbing aspect of the attempts to shut down the Temple speech of Geert Wilders which is being sponsored by a student organization called Temple University Purpose is the role played by three Temple University administrators who run the student activities program and who at a meeting last week pressured the TUP students to close down their event.

Temple University Purpose is an organization created “to advocate for justice and equality for oppressed and under-represented populations” — which would presumably include Muslim women oppressed by Shariah law and peaceful Muslims oppressed by the Taliban and Hamas and other radical Muslim groups. In the service of this mission, Temple University Purpose proposes “to provide an open forum in which conventional and unconventional views are exchanged and challenged.” It is this aspect of the TUP mission that is under attack, first from the Muslim Students Association, which supports the Islamic jihad against the West and does not want the views of Geert Wilders heard, but most disturbingly from Temple administrators in charge of student activities at the school. These administrators told TUP leader Brittany Walsh that Wilders did not have free speech rights at Temple or in America because he was a foreigner. In a courageous response to these administrators Walsh wrote:

“[You} stated in our meeting that Mr. Wilders is not an American citizen and therefore the First Amendment does not apply to him. The American Bill of Rights is not written to confer rights on Americans as to what they can do, but rather these American rights are conceived as limitations on government.  The Bill of Rights says Congress shall make no law abridging free speech and not once claims this only applies to American born citizens, but rather to all of man kind. Freedom of Speech has proved an essential tool in providing a medium for progressive social change in the United States; ie: Civil Rights Movement, Women’s Equal Rights Movement, Vietnam War protests, and even the Equal Human Rights Movement occurring right now in the U.S. advocating on behalf of the LGBT community. Throughout world history, we have witnessed the devastation caused when individuals are deprived of this Right to advocate on behalf of themselves. Many men and women have sacrificed their life or suffered severely to allow you and I to be free; thousands are still doing so today.
Furthermore, I would never dream of telling the Muslim Students Association that they may not practice their religion or espouse their beliefs, but I expect that same respect and consideration to be extended to all individuals and/or groups.  As was stated previously in our meeting, regardless of how I may, or may not, feel about what Mr. Wilders believes, I do believe it is his right to say it. Temple University Purpose will defend Mr. Wilders, and anyone else for that matter, against institutions and communities who attempt to silence them. The Right to Freedom of Speech is a fundamental right upon which this country was founded. Our founding fathers found that tyrants will always seek to silence those in opposition in an effort to squash non compliant beliefs and felt it to be of vital importance that men and women alike are protected from future governments, mob rule, and tyrants who seek to steal their voice. All of this being said, it would be a disservice to the Temple community, hypocritical of TUP’s mission, and a disrespect to all of those who have sacrificed for our right to invite Mr. Wilders to Temple, to rescind his invitation. The Temple community is being provided with a rare opportunity to have an open forum with a highly intelligent, though controversial, politician. Moreover, it is my hope that the community will come together, let their voices be heard, and participate in this educational experience being provided for them. Temple University Purpose plans to go ahead with the event on the 20th of October and hope we may do so with your support.”
I hope that the Temple administrators will be persuaded by this eloquent statement and will attend the event and give courageous students like Brittany Walsh and her colleague Alvaro Watson their support. And that every American reading this will understand the gravity of the battle that has been joined.

  • aspacia

    Bravo! I am sick of the choke hold of politically correct speech!

  • mmcfm

    Yes, I do understand the gravity of the situation. It is a catastrophe that a University with a proud history of courage and conscience such as Temple is weak at this juncture in history. If Temple can muster the courage to stand strong in the face of hostility and hatred by Muslim students of those who disagree with them in the marketplace of ideas, all humanity will be served.

    Ashes and sack cloth.

  • Carterthewriter

    Is this the rebirth of the 60's radical movement, now that the graduates of the era occupy the White House?

  • bigWhisky

    Again I ask, who the hell prints those signs… nice work!

    Riot police and horses, anyone? Anyone?

    Supremacist Bullshit Right there… Cut them down and give no quarter!

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    What Do You Believe?

    OCTOBER 19, 2009
    Queen Elizabeth on England’s nigger problem

    “Whereas the Queen’s majesty, tendering the good and welfare of her own natural subjects greatly distressed in these hard times of dearth, is highly discontented to understand the great numbers of Niggers and Blackamoors which as she is informed are crept into this realm since the troubles between Her Highness and the King of Spain, who are fostered and relieved here to the great annoyance of her own liege people that want the relief which those people consume; as also for that the most of them are infidels, having no understanding of Christ or his Gospel, hath given especial commandment that the said kind of people should be with all speed avoided and discharged out of her majesty’s dominions.”

    Her Majesty didn’t have to deal with Jews, because there weren’t any. And yet Elizabethan England managed to get by without kosher delis or advice from the ADL on “Hate Crimes”.

    Queen Elizabeth, 1601

  • winoceros

    Do you ever wake up as a young intellectual, in the prime of your youth, and say “Gosh, I hope I'm an impotent school administrator some day!”

    “I didn't study hard enough to make an impression on mankind and its destiny, so I'll misunderstand the Constitution all over these young minds. At least I can manipulate them.”

    Because he's a foreigner. For the love of Pete.

  • ronwagn

    How can we persuade alumni to stop supporting institutions that do not allow free speech, and balanced teaching? Are they just plain ignorant? Conservatives should only support good schools, and that includes all levels of schools.

  • RobertWargas

    Leftists used to quote, or at least paraphrase, Voltaire: I may disagree with what you say, but I'll defend to the death your right to say it.

    Now their credo is: I disagree with what you say, and I'm going to pass a law so you can't say it.

  • hermanhans

    I agree with the Muslim students Association that maintaining cordial relations in the student community at TUP is very important.Let us start with the Koran and judge it for the hatred it teaches against the non believers. A large section of the TUP stiudent community being Non Believers,.It's time to recognize the true face of radical Islam.Freedom of speech must prevail.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jerry-Boris-Phila/1485969747 Jerry Boris Phila

    NO SURPRISE AT TEMPLE UNIV. DISRESPECTING BOTH FREE SPEECH AND GEERT WILDERS.
    THIS IS THE SAME RADICAL SOURCE WHICH CELEBRATED (SIC) CELEBRATED THE ACQUITTAL OF WIFE-KILLER, O J SIMPSON. CELEBRATED RAUCUOUSLY AND WIDELY AT THE SAME TEMPLE UNIV.
    THEY HAVE YET TO LEARN WHAT MAKES THIS COUNTRY FREE.
    OR TO LEARN THE MEANING OF DEMOCRACY FOR OTHERS THAN THEMSELVES.
    DOES TEMPLE UNIV LAW SCHOOL AND OTHER COURSES, NOT TEACH DEMOCRACY AND ITS ROOTS AND MEANING?
    FURTHERMORE, I HAVE YET TO SEE ANY RPT ANY MUSLIM GROUP DEMONSTRATE IN FAVOR OF , RPT, IN FAVOR OF ANY AMERICAN ISSUE.
    THEIR PROTESTS OF BEING PRO-DEMOCRACY, LOYAL AMERICANS FALL WITH A HOLLOW ECHO.
    JERRY BORIS PHILA

  • Robert Wargas

    I sense a paradigm shift happening, especially in this country. More and more ordinary people are catching onto the massive frauds that are political correctness, socialism, the university system, the Democratic Party, etc. The media is desperately trying to cover it up–why do you think the White House is concerning itself with Rush Limbaugh and Fox News?

    The race-baiting game is losing its power, too, as people are well aware that it's a Sharptonian shell game.

  • Logicon

    Go Brittany. I think most Americans are behnid exposing the double standard against Christians in this country, but it seems most American's voices have been squashed.

  • http://twitter.com/siweni Steve Wenick

    In case you've been asleep, wake up and read this.

  • LenPowder

    “These administrators told TUP leader Brittany Walsh that Wilders did not have free speech rights at Temple [University] or in America because he was a foreigner.”

    As if Mr. Wilders was the FIRST foreigner to ever express his personal views on a college campus or any venue whatever. Khadafi of Lybia, Hugo Chavez, Ahmadinejad, et. al., are free to express their outlandish and vile views, condemning America as a criminal nation, and no one raises an objection!

    What a specious and absurd argument, that ONLY Americans are guaranteed the right of free speech! College 'administrators' demonstrating less common sense than monkeys in a zoo; that's what has happened on our campuses and in our legislative chambers.

    Lunacy is no longer recognized for what it is. Marxism is disguised as compassion instead of the decrepit tyranny that it is. The rule of law is being replaced by the tyranny of law. Conformity is being made into a virtue while freedom is vilified as racist, bigoted, and dangerous to society.