Speaker David Horowitz Causes Controversy… UCSB Students Fear “Islamophobia”

That’s the headline in one of the many stories in the UC Santa Barbara campus papers attacking my appearance at the college tonight. Ponder that headline for a second. Someone is coming to a university to disagree with the reigning orthodoxy, and fear strikes the student body. And these are members of an elite university community!  The topic of my talk tonight, appropriately, is “Infantile Disorders at UCSB: Why the Muslim Students Association and Students for Justice in Palestine are Afraid of David Horowitz.”

When the very brave College Republicans at UCSB went to their student Legislative Council to appeal for funds for my speech they were confronted with a five-hour frenzied effort to intimidate them into dis-inviting me. The anti-Horowitz barrage included numerous lies about what I had said in a speech the year before in a speech on campus — this despite the fact that all my remarks can seen on readily accessible video. The council members were also shown a doctored video of a speech I gave earlier this year at Brooklyn College, which was edited to make me look like an irrational bigot. The full video of my speech can be viewed here.

Naturally, the Council members who opposed my free speech  said they were all for free speech but my appearance would make students feel “unsafe.” In other words, if speech unsettles your assumptions, stamp it out. Of course the reality is quite the opposite: the only real threat to student safety surrounding my event comes from my opponents and their political allies. That’s the why the university is providing security for the event. Conservative students do not threaten the events of leftists. Yet, in one  Alice-in-Wonderland moment,” a Muslim student at the Council meeting,  supported by the majority of legislators present as well as a campus coalition representing “60-80 diverse…student groups,” which is planning to boycott my event, nonetheless claimed to belong to a “marginalized” group and said my presence on a campus  would make him feel unsafe. Really. The only students on the UCSB campus who can reasonably feel unsafe are the College Republicans who have been attacked as Islamophobes and racists for inviting me.

In the end the Council couldn’t deny even a minimal funding for the event, since it is against the law for them to discriminate on the basis of political viewpoint. However, their on-the-record statements prove their true intent and the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education  has put them on notice that they will face a legal challenge unless they repair the damage they have done to free speech.

Having failed to suppress my speech, the Council now turned to funding an event to be held at exactly the same time as my speech, and whose sole purpose is to stigmatize me and the students who have invited me in classic witch-hunt fashion. The event was to be called a  “Workshop Against Hate” but after receiving their funding the organizers  decided on the more deceptive title “Respect Coalition.” Two of the organizing members of this coalition are the Muslim Students Association and Students for Justice in Palestine. These two organizations are sponsors of “Israel Apartheid Walls” on campuses across the country. The Walls are themselves lies since Israel is not an apartheid state, and feature other lies — e.g., that Israel “occupies” Palestine — as well as praise for mass murderers like Sheik Yassin. It is for pointing out such uncomfortable truths as this that I and the students who invite me are the targets of such hate campaigns.

  • Daniel Melnick

    Mr. Horowitz,
    I find interesting that you neglect to mention that the coalition opposing your event included both UCSB Hillel and UCSB American Students for Israel. American Students for Israel has had a long relationship with the College Republicans, one we valued and had no wish to damage. That being said, we felt that your habit of couching anti-Muslim beliefs in the rhetoric of pro-Israel sentiment created to great a risk to the cause of Israel on campus to be ignored. Furthermore, many of us felt that to stand by in the face of vicious hate speech would be to accept complicity in it. As people of conscience (many of whom share a cultural heritage of persecution), we had no choice but to stand in solidarity with the
    UCSB Muslim Community. I suspect that your decision not to mention Jewish, Pro-Israel opposition to your event is more than a mere oversight. I can’t help but feel that you avoided mentioning us because our opposition exposes your rhetoric for what it really is: dishonest bigotry.

  • Lou

    Keep the faith David. The lies of the Islamisists and neo-marxists can't resist the truth of people like you whose maturity and wisdom is truly God given. Our prayers are with you.

  • Theodore

    While you were re-writing history and spewing drivel, even the Rabbi of Hillel was across the street denouncing you at the Respect Coalition event. Good job pal. You’re a joke.

  • Mel Beckman

    Mr. Melnick,

    I attended the event, and found no hate speech. I’m a teacher, and a Christian, very familiar with Israel’s history. What I heard was Muslim Student Association hecklers hollering out an occassional contradiction to Mr. Horowitz when he discussed incontrovertible facts such as the 1967 attack on Israel. Fortunately, UCSB’s highly organized security dealt with each heckler swiftly, heading off the MSA’s previous free speech verbal blockade.

    You seem to have opposed this event in, collusion with the MSA, because you didn’t like the content. Labeling speech you disagree with “hate speech” is a cowardly act. This is America; free speech is protected whether you agree with it or not. I disagree with neo-nazis, but I respect their right to free speech.

    I find it shameful and embarrassing to the UCSB community that there was even a hearing on the issue of disbursing funds for this event. That anyone would presume to block the funding is an insult to the U.S. Constitution, and a blight on the civil liberties of all citizens of Santa Barbara.

    What we need a hearing on is the competence of the activity board staff, who never should have entertained withholding funds. As it is, the College Republicans’ free speech rights were illegally hampered by the board withholding most of the requested funds.

    I suggest you reflect on your “solidarity” with the MSA’s free speech suppression in the light of our sacred First Amendment.

  • Prince

    Whoops I think David forgot to mention that ASI (American Student for Israel) and the local Hillel including the Rabbi and most of the UCSB Jewish faculty supported the UCSB Respect Coalition. Again why would he tell us that?

  • http://foxnews.com Glenn

    Yeah, I weep bitter tears for the tragic conditions of Republicans in this country; it must be really difficult to support the ruling class and white privilege all the time. Brave little guys!

  • http://worlddefensereview.com Dima

    I am sorry David! if you want give speech, come with better ideas than the ones you have know.. We dont want ideas that deviding us. We want something unite us whole. Whether we are Muslims, Jews, white, Black, Christians, gays, lesbians. We the people of the United states of America. I dont know what you mean those functions you are talking about…..