This article originally appeared at FrontPage Magazine, on October 09, 2007.
In a stratagem typical of the deceitful smear campaigns the left seems to favor, an obviously fake hate flyer has been posted all over the George Washington University campus with the intention of sabotaging Islamo-Fascism Awareness Week (October 22-26), and smearing its sponsors the David Horowitz Freedom Center and the Young America’s Foundation.
The flyer, which is headlined “Hate Muslims? So Do We” and masquerades as a publication by GW students now organizing Islamo Fascism Awareness Week activities, is itself a hate crime as well as a forgery. Its authors, cowering behind anonymity, are part of what has become a national movement to attack Islamo-Fascism Awareness Week.
This movement is the work of the Revolutionary Communist Party, the Socialist Workers Party and the Arab-American Anti-Discrimination Committee. It has one unvarying, malicious theme: that we are anti-Muslim. The Socialist Workers’ Party has mobilized its cadre with the charge that IFAW will “demonize Arabs and Muslims.” The Revolutionary Communist Party, which has threatened violent disruptions of this event, claims that we are committed to “the vilification of immigrants from the Middle East and Muslims of all countries.”
As we have observed in a previous statement (“Why Islamo-Fascism”) responding to these attacks, this is a version of The Big Lie that would do Joseph Goebbels proud.
The term “Islamo-Fascism” was coined by Muslims in Algeria who were attacked by religious fanatics who now call themselves the al-Qaeda Organization in the Islamic Maghreb. They slaughtered nearly 200,000 Muslims in the years 1990-2002. In fact, Islamo-fascists have killed more Muslims than any other group. (See.
Islamo-Fascism Awareness Week is an effort to give moderate Muslims support against the forces that have hijacked their religion. It is also an effort to defend Christians, Jews, Hindus, gays, and other groups now under attack by Islamic fundamentalists. We are particularly concerned about the oppression of women under fundamentalist Islamic regimes such as Saudi Arabia and Iran, and about the silence of the Women’s Studies Departments on this campus in the face of that oppression.
Why are the authors of the phony flyer afraid of the having these issues discussed by the George Washington University community during Islamo Fascism Awareness Week? Is it because they are themselves filled with a hatred they have projected onto us? Listen to what they say in their disgraceful flyer: “Your typical Muslim has: laser eyes, venom at the mouth,…peg-leg for smuggling children and heroin.” Who in his right mind would believe this garbage? This is obviously a lame attempt at satire by people who are willing to lie to the public in order to discredit their political opponents.
While the hate-flyer was designed to sabotage Islamo Fascism Awareness Week, what does instead is show why Islamo-Fascism Week is necessary. We welcome all members of the George Washington community to join in a discussion of the oppression of “infidel” groups by Islamo-fascists and the threat their jihad poses to the world.
We are not going to be dissuaded by these tactics. We will hold Islamo-Fascism Awareness Week on over 100 college campuses in addition to GW between October 22 and 26. Our purpose remains unchanged: to condemn the outrages committed by the Islamo-Fascists against women, gays, Christians, Jews and moderate Muslims, and to support those Muslims who are always the first victims of the radical jihad.