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  • Greens Speak out Against Islamo-Fascism Awareness Week

    Posted by Green Party Peace Network on October 22, 2007

    Green Party of Washington State
    Speaks Out Against Islamo-Fascism Awareness Week

    College campuses across the United States will be hosting events as part of the Terrorism Awareness Project, billed here in the Northwest as “Islamo-Fascism Awareness Week,” October 22-26. Organizers claim the purpose is to bring attention to the terrorist threat posed by a small number of extremists within Islam. However, many Muslim organizations, joined by various other groups, including Jewish Voice for Peace, believe it fosters intolerance and Islamophobia and are organizing protests, petition drives, and raising of public awareness.

    As part of this “biggest conservative campus protest ever,” the Project will send extremist speakers such as David Horowitz and Ann Coulter to campuses across the country to spread their message of hate. Their sole purpose to portray a very one-sided and bigoted view of Islam.

    Princeton student, Sarah Dajani, in her article, “Barrier to Peace,” published in the Daily Princetonian, October 18, 2007, wrote, “Perhaps the most malicious comments made by Horowitz, however, were those directed at Muslims. He persistently connected the religion of over 1.5 billion people to fascism, lumping together a diverse array of ethnic
    and political groups by using terms such as “Islamic Nazis,” “barbarians” and “Islamo-fascism.” Even more disturbingly, Horowitz made the claim that groups like al Qaeda and Hamas are comparable to American organizations such as CAIR and the MSA.”

    A major theme of the week will be the oppression of women in Islam. The poster being used to promote the event features a teenage girl buried before being stoned to death for alleged sexual offenses. The photo used is from a scene from a 1994 Dutch movie, “De Steen.” The actress shown stoned to death is still alive and well and performing in Europe.

    In the above example, they take fiction and turn it into “truth.” Another technique is to take the truth, as if bad is not bad enough, and distort it. In this case, there was a fire and the “fanatical keepers of everybody’s faith of Saudi Arabia” (wording of news story), would not let the girls out, because they were not properly covered up. A lot of the girls died as a result. The Project, however, turns the story into the byline, “Saudi police recently shot to death schoolgirls who were fleeing a burning building without their veils.” Here they take a horrible story and try to make it even more horrible.

    College campuses are supposedly the bastions of tolerance. To take advantage of freedom of speech to spread hate should not go unchallenged. I urge other Green Party members to find out when these events will be occurring at a college campus near them and to take action in protest.

    Maryrose Asher, Secretary

    Green Party of Washington State

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