Leftist and Islamic Groups Defame Islamic Experts, Attack Free Speech
The David Horowitz Freedom Center and Temple University Students for Intellectual Freedom have organized an “Islamic Apartheid Conference” to be held on Monday, April 23rd focusing on the second-class status of women and homosexuals in Islam and the intolerance for other religions. An organized coalition of leftist and Islamist student groups at Temple University has created a Facebook page defaming the scheduled panelists and pledged to protest and disrupt the event.
The panel discussion will feature four distinguished experts: Nonie Darwish, author of the new book The Devil We Don’t Know, Robert Spencer, director of Jihad Watch and author of the new book Did Muhammad Exist?, Pamela Geller, founder and editor of the popular blog AtlasShrugs.com and author of Stop the Islamization of America: A Practical Guide to the Resistance, and Simon Deng, a refugee from Sudan and survivor of child slavery.
“We do not use the term ‘Islamic apartheid’ lightly,” commented David Horowitz, founder and chairman of the David Horowitz Freedom Center. “Nowhere in the modern world can such infringements on personal and religious freedoms and civil rights paralleling the situation under apartheid rule in South African be found as in the Islamic-controlled nations of the Middle East where women can be stoned to death for being victims of rape. Yet these insidious violations of human rights are barely discussed, let alone addressed, in the mainstream media and on college campuses. Our event at Temple University is the first step towards addressing the multitude of crimes against humanity committed by these Islamic regimes.”
The alliance of leftist and Islamist groups planning the disruption includes Occupy Temple, the International Socialist Organization, Students for Justice in Palestine, and the Party for Socialism and Liberation, among others. This consortium has created a Facebook page for their protest which refers to the event as “a gathering of racist, Islamophobic bigots.” It further slanders Geller as “Queen of the Muslim Bashers” and defames the Freedom Center as “another anti-Muslim group which uses McCarthyist tactics to attack academic freedom around the country.”
These characterizations are false and defamatory. In fact, Horowitz was recently quoted by the University of North Carolina Daily Tar Heel as stating, during a speech at that university, that “there are good Muslims and there are bad Muslims, and the majority of Muslims are probably good Muslims – decent, law abiding and desiring peace. But there were good Germans too, and in the end, they didn’t make a damn’s worth of difference.”
The David Horowitz Freedom Center is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the defense of free societies whose moral, cultural and economic foundations are under attack by enemies both secular and religious, at home and abroad. More information is available on the organization’s website at www.horowitzfreedomccenter.