Ask Me Why: Navigating Extremism
This is about two friends who, after attending a series of lectures on their college campus called “Terrorism Awareness Week” sponsored by David Horowitz, found that the event had driven a wedge between them.
This conversation, four years later, is the two of them finally sitting down to discuss their feelings about what they’d heard & experienced back in college.
It pulled on my heartstrings to hear them struggle with their emotions about this difficult subject. We all need to remind ourselves how to talk to each other instead of at each other, especially when conversations start getting really heated. That these intelligent, thoughtful, compassionate young women were able to take a step back and truly hear each other speaks well of them.
The fact that the likes of David Horowitz & Robert Spencer1 are trying to poison our kids minds makes me angry, on the other hand the knowledge that there are some great young people out there who won’t be easily taken in gives me hope for our future.
1. Click on the red & white graphic at the source article to see the full flier. There should be a special circle of hell waiting for the people who spread hate.
Kate Murray, 24, and Hafsa Arain, 23, met their freshman year at DePaul University. Together they navigated dorm life and built a close friendship, starting when Murray planned a trek through the Loop to explore their new surroundings. “That was the first day I was like Katie and I are going to be really good friends,” Arain recalls. “She was so full of life.”
Their friendship was later tested by campus politics.…