A Student’s Guide to Hosting
Islamo-Fascism Awareness Week
October 22-26, 2007
During the week of October 22-26, 2007, the nation will be rocked by the biggest conservative campus protest ever – Islamo-Fascism Awareness Week, a wake-up call for Americans on 200 university and college campuses.
The purpose of this protest is as simple as it is crucial: to confront the two Big Lies of the political left: that George Bush created the war on terror and that Global Warming is a greater danger to Americans than the terrorist threat. Nothing could be more politically incorrect than to point this out. But nothing could be more important for American students to hear. In the face of the greatest danger Americans have ever confronted, the academic left has mobilized to create sympathy for the enemy and to fight anyone who rallies Americans to defend themselves. According to the academic left, anyone who links Islamic radicalism to the war on terror is an “Islamophobe.” According to the academic left, the Islamo-fascists hate us not because we are tolerant and free, but because we are “oppressors.”
Islamo-Fascism Awareness Week is a national effort to oppose these lies and to rally American students to defend their country.
Islamo-Fascism Awareness Week will feature
Ø Memorial services for the victims of Islamic Terror both in America and around the globe.
Ø A Student petition denouncing Islamo-Fascist violence against women, gays, Christians, Jews and non-religious people.
Ø A Teach-In on “The Oppression of Women in Islam.”
Ø Sit-ins in Women’s Studies Departments and campus Women’s Centers to protest their silence about the oppression of women in Islam.
Ø Prominent speakers against Islamo-Fascism such as Ayan Hirsi Ali, Mark Steyn, David Horowitz, Nonie Darwish, Christina Hoff Sommers, Phyllis Chesler, Frank Gaffney and Daniel Pipes.
Ø Documentary films about the Islamo-Fascist crusade against America, Israel and the West.
Ø Distribution of materials on Islamo-Fascism including the pamphlets The Oppression of Women in Islam, The Islamic Mein Kampf, Why Israel is the Victim, Jimmy Carter’s War Against the Jews, and What Every American Needs to Know About Jihad.
In the present campus climate, this program is bound be controversial. It will test universities’ claims to be politically open and intellectually diverse. Its goal will be to refute the curriculum of the left, which teaches that America is the enemy in the war on terror and the terrorists are “freedom fighters,” whom progressives should support.
We expect that many universities will create impediments to the planned protests and events, refuse necessary permits or room reservations, and otherwise demonstrate their hypocrisy by failing to allow patriotic students a voice on campus. We hope to be proven wrong, but past experience counsels otherwise. The David Horowitz Freedom Center will enlist lawyers and alumni to help student organizers fight these battles.
If you are looking for a challenge this fall, if you want to break through the barrier of politically-correct doublespeak that prevails on American campuses, if you want to help our brave troops who are fighting the Islamo-Fascists abroad -- bring Islamo-Fascism Awareness Week to your campus this October.
Agenda for Islamo-Fascism Awareness Week:
An Islamo-Fascism Awareness Week will consist of any one or several of the following elements:
Ø A keynote speaker on Islamo-Fascism
Ø A panel on the Oppression of Women in Islam or any facet of the Islamo-Fascist threat
Ø A showing of Suicide Killers, Obsession, or Islam: What the West Needs to Know or the ABC mini-series The Path to 9/11
Ø A “sit-in” outside the offices of the Women’s Studies Department protesting the silence of feminists over the oppression of women in Islam
Ø A petition denouncing Islamo-Fascism and its violence against women, gays, Christians, Jews and religious people
Ø A memorial service for the victims of Islamo-Fascist violence around the world.
Some student organizers will be eager to host several of these suggested events on campus, combining them into a week-long Teach-In program. Others may feel that their time only permits one or two events. Whatever your schedule, we encourage you to participate in Islamo-Fascism Awareness Week to the extent that you are able. Even hosting a film screening can go a long way towards waking up a campus to the threat we face.
To ensure that your participation in Islamo-Fascism Awareness Week gets the greatest media exposure and attention possible, we strongly encourage you to appoint a communications director/press secretary whose job it will be to attract campus and local media attention. Communications directors will also work directly with our office to promote these events. Current information on the Islamo-Fascism Awareness Week events will be posted at www.terrorismawareness.org
It is important for each student group to request funds from Student Activities funds to support Islamo-Fascism Awareness Week. Even if the request is denied, the battle over these funds will focus attention on the political message of the protests and will generate publicity for the events themselves.
If there are other groups on campus who share your agendas, form a coordinating committee to plan the events and deal with the media. As long as a screening or speaker is billed as part of Islamo-Fascism Week, a group may sponsor an event under its own auspices. Thus a campus College Republican club or Hillel could sponsor a panel or speaker on a subject related to Islamo-Fascism under its own auspices so long as it is willing to have it billed as part of Islamo-Fascism Awareness Week.
The Time Frame:
It is not necessary to confine the events strictly to the October 22-26 time frame. A showing of The Path to 9/11 could be scheduled for the week or weekend before as part of the build-up to the official “Week” and be included in the menu of events associated with the week. A noted speaker could be scheduled for the week before or after and be associated with its events.
One of the simplest ways to take part in Islamo-Fascism Awareness Week on your campus is to host a screening of a film about Islamic radicals and their violent intentions toward America and its citizens. The David Horowitz Freedom Center and its Terrorism Awareness Project (TAP) will provide several films which can be screened on your campus during Islamo-Fascism Awareness Week and will also provide you with sample posters advertising the screening and talking points on each film. We encourage you to show more than one of these films on your campus during the Week. We will provide organizers with a DVD copy of each movie that you plan to screen free of charge.
We also encourage you to invite a local radio host or other local figure to introduce the film and possibly moderate a discussion on it afterwards. A film screening can be combined with a panel discussion (see below).
Films Available for Screenings:
Description: French-Algerian filmmaker Pierre Rehov risks his life to interview terrorists carrying out suicide bombings against Israeli civilians. Pierre speaks with the terrorists and their families in the Palestinian areas, visits terrorist training camps, interviews convicted suicide bombers (obviously they failed to carry out their missions) inside Israeli jails, and interviews their Jewish and Arab victims. This astounding documentary shows first-hand that terrorists are created not by Israeli or American foreign policy, but by the repression, lack of democratic freedom, and poverty of Arab societies. A must-see for anyone who wishes to understand the sources of Islamic terrorism: Islamic societies themselves.
Islam: What the West Needs to Know
Description: Virtually every major Western leader has over the past several years expressed the view that Islam is a peaceful religion and that those who commit violence in its name are fanatics who misinterpret its tenets. This claim, while widely circulated, rarely attracts serious public examination.
Using original interviews, citations from Islamic texts, Islamic artwork, computer-animated maps, footage of Western leaders, and Islamic television broadcasts, Islam: What the West Needs to Know reveals the violent, expansionary ideology of the so called “religion of peace” that seeks the destruction or subjugation of other faiths, cultures, and systems of government.
The Path to 9/11 (longer film—may require two nights for screening)
Description: This controversial ABC miniseries dramatizes the 1993 World Trade Center attack and the events leading up to the terrorist attack of September 11th. Due to pressure from Bill Clinton and his supporters, ABC was forced to edit out several crucial scenes before the broadcast. While this miniseries may never be released, we are lucky to have the full, unedited version intended for broadcast on DVD.
Description: The acclaimed documentary Obsession uses unique footage from Arab television to create an ‘insiders’ view of the hatred Islamic radicals are teaching in the Middle East, their incitement of global jihad, and their goal of world domination. The film features interviews with Daniel Pipes, Steve Emerson, Alan Dershowitz, a former PLO terrorist, and even a former Hitler Youth commander.
The David Horowitz Freedom Center and its Terrorism Awareness Project will provide a copy of each film you plan to screen on DVD, posters advertising the event (you will fill in date/time/place), a summary of talking points, and an authorization form allowing you to screen the film.
What you need to do: Reserve a room to show the film and publicize the screening on campus. Sample posters will be provided by the Terrorism Awareness Project (TAP) and posted at www.terrorismawareness.org. Request a copy of the DVD from Jeffrey Weiner at 800-752-6562, ext. 206 or at Jeffrey@horowitzfreedomcenter.org. Consider co-sponsoring a screening with your campus Hillel chapter or with the College Democrats or other groups. This will help to increase your audience and you can suggest that a panel discussion follow the film that will debate the points-of-view offered.
Panel Discussions and Speakers:
Hosting a panel discussion on campus is an excellent way to reach out to the broader campus community. By including a diverse array of views on your panel, you will make attendance more appealing to campus groups that disagree with you and will silence critics who claim that you are not interested in a real debate on these controversial issues.
If you want to bring in a non-local speakers or someone prominent who charges a speaking fee, you should first apply to your student government to request funds. Even if you suspect that the student government will turn down your request for political reasons, you should still take this step, as it will prove the hypocrisy of your university’s claim to be committed to intellectual diversity and academic freedom.
You should also apply to groups like Young America’s Foundation and the Leadership Institute to request help in funding a speaker for Islamo-Fascism Awareness Week.
Consider co-sponsoring a screening with your campus Hillel chapter or with the College Democrats or other groups who have an interest in this topic. Encourage them to invite speakers to participate in the panel who will take an opposing view. By pooling funding, you can bring in more prominent speakers and the event will gain greater legitimacy from the diversity of viewpoints offered.
The David Horowitz Freedom Center and its program, the Terrorism Awareness Project (TAP), will provide help in obtaining speakers and moderators, materials such as films and pamphlets, and general assistance. Contact Jeffrey Weiner at 800-752-6562, ext. 206 or at Jeffrey@horowitzfreedomcenter.org
What you need to do: First, consider which local personalities and local think tanks you may draw on for help and speakers. Local radio show hosts and professors at your university or at neighboring universities are good options. Approach other organizations on campus such as the College Democrats and Hillel about co-sponsoring the event. Book a room, confirm the time and date with all participants, and publicize the event on campus through posters and press releases to campus and local media.
Panel Discussion Topics:
Defining the Enemy (This is a good opportunity to create a diverse panel discussion about the term “Islamo-Fascism.”)
The Oppression of Women in Islam (For a list of suggested speakers, consult www.terrorismawareness.org or contact Jeffrey Weiner at 800-752-6562, ext. 206 or at Jeffrey@horowitzfreedomcenter.org
An attempt should be made to hold these panels on every campus that is hosting a full teach-in, but additional panel ideas are welcome.
Of course Islam also oppresses Christians, Jews, gays and atheists. We are focusing on the oppression of women (but not excluding the oppression of others) because this the largest and most immediately suffering group, and drawing attention to its plight exposes the academic left’s hypocrisy in the most dramatic way possible.
Inviting a big-name speaker to deliver a keynote address on the subject of Islamic terrorism or the War on Terror is another excellent way to draw attention to Islamo-Fascism Awareness Week.
As with hosting a panel discussion, first apply to your student government for funds to bring in a prominent speaker. If they refuse, protest the university’s lack of commitment to intellectual diversity in campus speakers and programs. Consider co-sponsoring a speaker with other campus groups that have a stake in these issues, such as the College Democrats or your campus Hillel chapter.
If your planned speaker has recently authored a book, see if you can get copies from your campus bookstore and hold a book-signing either before or after the event.
The David Horowitz Freedom Center and its Terrorism Awareness Project can suggest potential speakers on these topics who are local to your area.
Former Senator Rick Santorum is a potential speaker.
What you need to do: Secure funding for a speaker and invite a knowledgeable authority on issues of terrorism to speak. Approach other organizations on campus such as the College Democrats and Hillel about co-sponsoring the event. Book a room, arrange for security if necessary, confirm the time and date with all participants, and publicize the event on campus through posters and press releases to campus and local media.
To protest the silence of Women’s Studies programs and Women’s Centers in our universities while women are suffering brutal and inhumane treatment in the Islamic world, we recommend holding a “sit-in” at the offices of your campus Women’s Studies Department or Women’s Center.
A sit-in may serve as a prelude to a later film screening or panel discussion that same evening, and can be a means of advertising other events during Islamo-Fascism Awareness Week.
Please note: Sit-ins should not obstruct university operations or violate university rules. We encourage you to station yourselves in a public area (directly outside the office of the Women’s Studies Department or the campus Women’s Center for example) and to set a start and end time for the protest.
The David Horowitz Freedom Center and its Terrorism Awareness Project will provide Pamphlets outlining the brutal treatment of women in Islamic societies, sample protest signs and signs advertising the demonstration, a sample press release that you can adapt to your campus and send to your campus media.
What you need to do: Alert us that you are holding a sit-in, send out a press release announcing the sit-in to campus and local media, set a time and place for the sit-in (ensuring that you will not obstruct university operations) and recruit students to take part in the protest.
To draw further attention to the problem of radical Islam’s treatment of women, religious minorities, and others dissenters we encourage you to hold a petition drive on your campus. The petition will ask students and faculty to denounce “Islamo-fascism and the violence directed against women, gays, Christians, Jews and non-religious people.” (Text included as an appendix to this document.)
Distributing a petition is an excellent protest tactic for several reasons. First, it is a very easy and cost-effective way to draw attention to the issues at hand. Second, a petition can serve as an advertisement for other events, such as film screenings and panel discussions (when you ask students to sign the petition, hand them a flyer about the other activities you have planned throughout the week). Perhaps most importantly, a petition forces students and faculty to declare their allegiances: either to fighting our terrorist adversaries or failing to take action to stop our enemies. For this reason, we encourage you to make a special effort to bring this petition to those groups who might be least likely to sign it, for example to campus administrators, student government officers, and the Muslim Students’ Association.
We will provide the petition text which you will be able to download from our website at www.terrorismawareness.org
What you need to do: Set up a table in a central location on campus and urge students to sign the petition. Make a special effort to approach specific groups on campus such as the Faculty Senate, Student Government, and the Muslim Students’ Association to ask that they sign. If they refuse, issue a press release criticizing their refusal to condemn Islamic violence directed against women and minorities.
It is impossible to discuss the threat of Islamic terror without remembering those who have already been its victims. With this in mind, an important component of Islamo-Fascism Awareness Week is holding a memorial service for the American and international victims of Islamic terror who lost their lives in the 1993 and 2001 World Trade Center attacks, the attacks on the USS Cole and Khobar Towers, the African embassies, the Pentagon, and other instances around the world.
We will provide flyers and literature documenting the atrocities Islamic terrorists are responsible for around the globe, timelines detailing when major attacks occurred, and sample press releases to send to campus and local media.
What you need to do: Plan a time and date for the memorial service, bring literature provided by the David Horowitz Freedom Center and its Terrorism Awareness Project, consider lighting candles (one candle can represent 100 terror victims) or setting up crosses or use other means of representing those who have died at the hands of Islamic terrorists. Publicize the memorial service on campus and ask key university officials to attend.
How to Get Involved:
To participate in Islamo-Fascism Awareness Week or to register as a TAP Coordinator, please contact Jeffrey Wiener at the David Horowitz Freedom Center at 800-752-6562, ext. 206 or at Jeffrey@horowitzfreedomcenter.org.
Appendix I: Petition
Islamic Jihadists around the world have declared war on America, Israel and the West and have made clear that:
In opposition to this, we affirm four key principles denied by the jihadists and threatened by them:
We call upon all campus political, cultural, ethnic and religious groups to stand with us in opposing all forms of religious supremacism, violence and intimidation.
Appendix II: Appeal to Muslim Students Association
Invitation to the Muslim Students Association:
In recognition of the Fiqh Council of North America’s condemnation of terrorism and other statements by Muslim leaders dissociating themselves from the jihad of Osama bin Laden and others who share his ideology around the world;
and in view of our own solidarity with all the victims and potential victims of the violent ideology of jihad and Islamic supremacism that bin Laden represents, including the Muslims whom he and his ideological kin have branded as insufficiently Islamic;
we invite the Muslim Students Association to endorse this petition, thereby standing with us in affirming the human rights and fundamental dignity of all peoples everywhere.