Inside the Muslim Student Association Conference, Part 3

To read Part II, click here.

In Part 1 of this series on the recent 15th Annual Muslim Student Association (MSA) West Conference, which I attended at the University of California, Santa Barbara, I gave a general overview of the conference’s pro-Palestinian activism, its promotion of a sense of victimization at the mercy of an Islamophobic society and university system, its urgent appeal to political activism that goes hand-in-hand with its emphasis on strengthening one’s Muslim faith and community, and its support from top Muslim Brotherhood front groups in America. Part 2 focused on the biggest names who had been invited to speak there, radicals like Siraj Wahhaj, Edina Lekovich and Taher Herzallah of the infamous Irvine 11. Let’s look at some of the lesser-known speakers there whose presentations were even more political.

Ali Mir, Director of Muslim Student Life at the University of Southern California, whose bio was not included in the conference program booklet, lectured the crowd about “white privilege” in a session called “Perennial Spring,” probably intended to echo the disastrous “Arab Spring.” Mir identified cultural and economic “imperialism” as the basis of American foreign policy, and urged students to get politically involved in “social justice”: “As Muslims, we demonstrate our Islamic principles by working to empower all marginalized people, regardless of their faith,” reads his session description. Really? Like the marginalized Christians in Egypt and Nigeria and elsewhere where Muslim fundamentalists are slaughtering them openly? Like the marginalized Jews in Europe and elsewhere who are suffering increased violent persecution at the hands of Muslims? Mir neglected to address that contradiction.

As an example of how the organized Muslim students can effect meaningful change on campus, Mir told the audience that “your friend and mine, David Horowitz” delivered a talk at the University of Southern California three years ago in which “he said stupid things.” He didn’t specify what they were, but the plan he encouraged among his fellow students at that time was to “write down every racist, homophobic, and Islamophobic thing Horowitz said” and force the university to issue a statement denouncing him afterward – which Mir said it did, to the applause of his uncritical audience.

That’s not quite the whole story. In fact, David Horowitz was invited by the USC College Republicans to come on campus and protest an Islamic hadith which appeared on an official USC website, calling for the genocide of Jews. His speech was attacked in advance by Students for Justice in Palestine and the USC Progressive Alliance, who made up quotes and attributed them to Horowitz to paint him as an Islamophobe and a racist. Nonetheless, Horowitz was allowed to speak at USC on November 4, 2009.

Later, the USC Vice President of Student Affairs, Michael Jackson, published an open letter in the campus newspaper, attacking the College Republicans for inviting Horowitz. He claimed that Horowitz’s presence “led members of our community, our Muslim students, to feel threatened, unsafe, and betrayed.” This letter was also sent to every official USC student, faculty, and staff email address and was published as an ad in the Daily Trojan, which Jackson controlled. Horowitz responded with a rebuttal, which the Trojan ultimately and reluctantly printed.

In his MSA West conference presentation, Mir didn’t offer specifics about objectionable Horowitz statements. He didn’t need to; it was enough for him to simply use unsubstantiated, demonizing labels: “racist, homophobic, and Islamophobic.” Because for radicals like Mir (and his allies in the unholy alliance of the left and Muslim fundamentalists), those labels suppress debate and misrepresent the substance and philosophy of their opponents like Horowitz.

Mir went on to condemn the atheist anti-Islam writer Ayaan Hirsi Ali as “as much an extremist as Osama bin Laden,” because of her assertion that Muslims would be better off converting to Christianity. That’s right – he considers Hirsi Ali as much of an extremist as the man who ordered the World Trade Center massacre and other acts of terrorism. The man who was the living inspiration for violent jihadists worldwide. No student in the auditorium raised an objection.

A workshop intriguingly titled “Islamitics,” led by a sharp-suited, fast-talking Washington D.C. young man named Osama Eisa, promised to address “how our Islamic ideals line up with current political parties.” “How can we bridge the gaps between our religion and our votes?” read the program guide. Eisa was surprisingly evenhanded in terms of those parties – I fully expected him to steer students toward the political left and make dismissive remarks about the right, but he did nothing of the sort.

He did, however, toss out a few derogatory asides, typical of the conference, about the “Zionist regime” and American foreign policy; for example, Obama’s drone strikes are bad, and we went to war against Iraq solely because the people there had beards and brown skin. He encouraged students to be more politically active and more forthcoming about discussing sharia, of which he is a big proponent, though he only skimmed the subject (on that issue, I was pleasantly surprised to hear one questioner complain to Eisa that the people in her political science class were openly anti-sharia; good for them, I thought).

The thrust of Eisa’s not particularly informative or inspirational presentation (he was mostly interested in joking with the young women at the front of the segregated room) was that “our involvement in politics is necessary to represent our needs and values as a community” – a common theme of the conference.

For the approximately one thousand young people attending the 15th Annual Muslim Student Association West Conference at UC Santa Barbara, the intense weekend no doubt served as a call to personal growth and political unity. For the Muslim Brotherhood front groups that organized the event, and the mostly charismatic speakers who came with their inspirational messages, it was a successful recruitment and radicalization tool.

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  • AdinaK

    In no small measure, a HUGE boost, to the MSA, are all the front groups on campus. In particular, are those who march under the ISM's banner, and its attendant terror hydras. They give the MSA much needed oxygen, (the veneer of "human rights" activists), as they are the leftist/reds to the Islamic/greens. The red/green alliance marching in lockstep, in their support of KNOWN terror groups, paradoxically blacklisted by the U.S. !

    Once again, the true face of the MSA –

    and its leftist evil twin –

    A follow up (tomorrow) will expose the main fraudster within the left's BDS movement, and will include some remedies for the public, if interested in stopping this wrecking ball.

    Adina Kutnicki, Israel

  • Chezwick

    Next time Mark, do your best to secretly film the speakers. We live in an age where the written word no longer carries the weight that it should….while a sound-bite on film is as good as gold. Sad but true.

  • Marty

    The muslim student association is essentially a reincarnation of the hitler youth and the soviet komsomol. Both use the same tactics – intimidation, thuggery, threats of and actual violence, political correctness, anti-semitism, and utter contempt for individual rights. American campuses during the 1930s were filled with faculty who worshipped either fascism or communism. Today they're filled with faculties that apologize for the brutality and totalitarianism of islam and blame Jews for all that is wrong in the world. Yes, we've seen this movie before, but it has never been more lethal.

    • Drakken

      They will get away with it for only so long before that serious backlash they fear comes to pass.

  • Ar'nun

    Was there any opposition groups at this sickening event?

  • Brujo Blanco

    We need to go with the constitution and insure that all people.have their rights. The way it is now particularly with Muslims is that certain groups have special rights. Most people in positions of authority will not oppose the misconduct of Muslims.

  • marios

    Islamo- fascism=1930th German fascism/Nazism. All situation is remind 1938-1939 Germany and all the world that time. Islamists use democracy to promote Islam. The worse economical situation in Western country the better for them. I came across Muslims site in 2010 where some of Muslims wrote "thank you Obama for doing great job for us". Stupid, corrupted, biased MSM support Islamo-Nazis and leftists/neocommies as if they (MSM) would be exclusion from annihilation Islamists ready to do. MB franchise MSA is Islamic "Hitler yougend" but even more (if it's possible) evil. Gullible people are still sleeping and in serenity. David Horvitz cite is one of the most valuable source for truth and wake up call. Brujo Balanco is right that all people must have equal right for free speech. How to make it law that any conference of MSA or other Islamists groups must have invited opposition for discussion. Otherwise it should be consider as indoctrination and have to be prohibited. It would be great to have petition to Congress on it on this site.

    • KarshiKhanabad

      It is not extreme to compare Islam to Naziism. Mein Kampf in Arabic has been a bestseller in the ME since the 1930's. Hitler's biggest fan in the Arab World was Haj Amin al-Husseini the Mufti of Jerusalem who raised Muslim SS battalions, persuaded the Nazis to exterminate Jews who might have been deported instead, & led the war against Israeli independence in 1948. Hitler ("O Hitler, he of blessed memory") is immensely popular among the goosestepping stiffarmed saluting jihadis of Palestine & Iran to this very moment. Hitler himself wrote of his admiration for Islam and NO MUSLIM HAS EVER DISAVOWED IT!

      Not even the brainwashed youths of the Hitler-Jugend were taught to strap bomb belts to themselves. This is a purely Islamic refinement of the Nazi urge to kill & be killed.

      Islam delenda est! Nuke Makkah NOW!

  • Drakken

    I say keep at it MSA,CAIr and the rest of you islamic savages, the louder you get and the more active you are, it will only make that backlash and Crudades like pushback that much more enevitable. Your about to awaken the Western man, and when you do, Allah ain't going to help you.