Jewish author causes stir at Columbia

David Horowitz says aim is to distinguish "moderate Muslims" from "Islamo-Fascists."

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October 27, 2007 14:02
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Jewish author causes stir at Columbia

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Conservative author David Horowitz spoke at Columbia University Friday as part of so-called "Islamo-Fascism Awareness Week," which some Muslims say is fostering racism. Horowitz is the latest in a string of controversial speakers to appear at the prestigious school. Horowitz, a self-described former Marxist, said the week was an effort to distinguish "moderate Muslims" from "Islamo-Fascists." "This is nothing that could remotely be interpreted as an attack on Muslims. It's a defense of moderate Muslims," Horowitz told a peaceful lecture-hall audience of about 100 students and visitors. The California-based activist was invited to Columbia by the College Republicans, who on Friday kept track of each person entering Lerner Hall, against a list of names submitted in advance. The audience included people who disagreed with Horowitz's positions. Last month, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad caused an uproar when he was invited to speak at Columbia. He faced tough questioning and the university's president introduced him by saying Ahmadinejad exhibited "all the signs of a petty and cruel dictator." Horowitz, author of Indoctrination U: The Left's War Against Academic Freedom and other conservative books, gave an hour-long speech in which he outlined his views on the role of Muslim fundamentalists through history, emphasizing the current danger posed by a group of people he said are "out to kill Americans." He said discussion of this subject has been "banished" from classrooms at Columbia, his alma mater. The school hires mostly "progressive" professors, he said, while failing to employ teachers who might offer students "diverse" ideas. By contrast, when he was a Columbia student "50 years ago," Horowitz said, "I wrote Marxist papers for professors who were undoubtedly anti-communist." Columbia officials declined to comment on Horowitz's statements. One protester, a senior majoring in religious studies, called Horowitz "a demagogue opposed to reasonable discourse." Joshua Schwartz, 21, said his view of Islamic fundamentalists as dangerous "comes from an old tradition of associating Islam with barbarism and violence." Sunsara Taylor, who joined the protest but is not a student, went one step further. Horowitz, she said, is "on a witch hunt to purge academia of professors who don't agree with him."

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