By Leonard Getz & Steve Feldman, For The Bulletin, Philadelphia
Published: Thursday, February 26, 2009
The answer lies in a comparison between a conference West Chester University hosted recently called Islam In America: Understanding Intercultural Differences and a course the Commission is mandating for its law enforcement personnel, Radical Islam: A Law Enforcement Primer.
The panelists chosen for the
There was Iftekhar Hussain, chairman of the Council on America Islamic Relations (CAIR) for
At the conference, Mr. Hussain portrayed CAIR and other like-minded groups such as the Muslim Public Affairs Council, the Muslim American Freedom Foundation, Islamic Society of North America and Muslim Students Association as merely civil-rights or benign social organizations. When he was asked whether the terrorist-front group, the Holy Land Foundation, helped finance CAIR, Mr. Hussain dismissed the allegation as the amount was only $5,000. When he made the unsubstantiated claim that hate crimes against Muslims were increasing, but then told that the FBI found hate crimes against Muslims were actually decreasing, he called the FBI findings lies.
Then there was Imam Hassan Qazwini. In the 1980s, just after the onset of the Islamic Revolution, Imam Qazwini immigrated to
But if these special guests of
Dr. Lawrence Davidson, professor of history, teaches courses in modern Middle Eastern history and is the author of
In the same article, Dr. Davidson puts forward other delusional ranting that causes not a stir among university officials, probably because it fits neatly into their agenda of teaching falsehoods about
At the conference, he asked and answered his own question: Why were we attacked on 9/11? According to Bush, because Muslims hate our values. Of course, President Bush differentiated between the Muslim faith and radical Islam. But Dr. Davidson kept Mr. Bushs distinction a secret. Dr. Davidson openly admitted coercing his students to attend this one sided conference, saying some of the students have been dragooned here its for your own good. Some faculty members dangled the carrot of extra credit in front of their students, making it difficult to choose not to attend.
Then there is Dr. William Leslie Hewitt, professor of history and graduate coordinator, who doesnt attempt to hide his contempt for
And lets not forget Dr. Helen Schroefper, assistant professor in the department of philosophy/religious studies who developed courses on Women and Religion, Religion in
Perhaps out of professional courtesy, Dr. Davidson invited retired
But the most insulting, self-servicing and laughable invective from Dr. Goldschmidt was in telling the students to beware of the works by Daniel Pipes and Robert Spencer as these men are not scholars. Its understandable that Dr. Goldschmidt would steer his students away from Mr. Pipes and Mr. Spencer, as people like Dr. Goldschmidt are on their radar screen. Daniel Pipes CampusWatch monitors distorted teachings about Islam on college campuses and Robert Spencers latest book, Stealth Jihad: How Radical Islam is Subverting America Without Guns or Bombs, describes institutions of higher learning like West Chester University, and professors like Dr. Goldschmidt and Dr. Davidson perfectly: American universities have become propaganda centers not only for the anti-American Left, but for stealth Jihadists and their allies the apologists who are dedicated to lulling Americans into believing there is no jihadist threat.
When the Zionist Organization of America suggested to WCU interim President Dr. Linda L. Lamwers that balance be added to the program, and offered to make recommendations prior to the opening of this conference, she shot us down, despite the fact that their announcement reads: Dont Be Surprised If We Add Special Guests! She justified her response to us in a letter with this gem:
I do want to point out that
A more honest approach to the study of Islam occurs about 50 miles northwest of West Chester where the Municipal Police Officers Education & Training Commission offers a course to its law enforcement personnel to illuminate the foundations of radical ideology known as Jihadism and make clear that radical Islam poses an ominous and ever present threat to the West in general and to the United States and its allies in particular. The course was developed to better understand the mindset, motivations and actions of the various radical Islamic groups.
It is interesting to point out that while both the university and the Commission claim to present an understanding of Islam, it is the Commissions training course that discusses the verses in the Quran that call for the killing of non-believers, the abrogation of Jewish and Christian scriptures, and that Islam means submission to the will of Allah. While the training course reiterates that most Muslims observe only the moderate teachings of Islam, the university doesnt even acknowledge the threat of radical Islam.
Contributors to the Commissions training course include Dr. Emir Caner, the dean of Southwest Baptist Theological Seminary and a former Muslim; Dr. Mark Gabriel, who has a doctorate in Islamic history and culture and is a former Muslim; Dr. Lawrence Goodson, a professor of Middle East Studies in the Department of National Security and Strategy at the U.S. Army War College; and Dr. Walid Phares, a Senior Fellow and Director of the Future Terrorism Project at the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies, born and raised in Lebanon.
Where WCU allows Dr. Goldschmidt to give short shrift to the dangers of the Muslim Brotherhood, the Commissions training course clearly warns that the Muslim Brotherhood is the operational organization that controls the Islamist movement and its ideology helped spawn various radical groups including Hamas. The course includes the founder of the Muslim Brotherhood Hasan Al Bannas article, The Way of Jihad which includes the following passage: Think not of those who are killed in the Way of Allah as dead whosoever fights in the Cause of Allah and is killed is victorious.
The irony here is that one
Leonard Getz is national vice president of the Zionist Organization of