GWU Responds to Phony Poster by Cracking Down on YAF
The Young America’s Foundation has posted some information on the phony “anti-Muslim” posters distributed at George Washington University, and you’re not going to believe the university administration’s response to this outrage: Radicals at The George Washington University Fake Young America’s Foundation Event to Suggest Incident of Hate.
Leftist administrators at The George Washington University are on a rampage against a conservative group on campus for anti-Muslim fliers posted that the group had nothing to do with. Young America’s Foundation chapter at GWU did not disseminate fliers that read “Hate Muslims? So Do We!!” even though the flier purported to have the group’s moniker at the bottom. The flier went on to advertise an actual event on radical Islam that the group is sponsoring the end of October.
It’s obvious to anyone with a moment’s reflection that such fliers were created to fake an incident of hate where none exists, rather than contribute to a robust discussion regarding the threat of radical Islam. The bottom of the flier, for instance, spitefully reads “Brought to you by Students for Conservativo-Fascism Awareness.” And as if that weren’t enough to tip off University officials that the flier was created with malicious intent, the very last line stating “PS Seriously, do a google video search for ‘The Power of Nightmares’ ” should have ended any doubts. If you’re unaware, “The Power of Nightmares” argues that the threat of radical Islam worldwide is in fact a myth perpetrated by politicians in America who have been hoodwinked by neoconservatives.
GWU officials have glossed over the fact that someone on campus misrepresented a school-sanctioned club. Instead, the school is cuddling up with the local Islamic groups to denounce the drummed up incident of hate and force the Young America’s Foundation chapter to sign a statement condemning hate speech. Bridgette Behling, the assistant director of the Student Activities Center at GWU, wrote an email to one of the conservative students urging them to disavow hate speech that may originate from any future Foundation events: “due to the inflammatory nature of today’s events [falsified posters], as a good faith effort on behalf of YAF, it is important that YAF drafts a statement which states that you will not allow hate speech to be a part of any of YAF’s events, literature, written or verbal communication planned for Islamofacism Week. This statement should also include your plan for preventing these things from happening as well as the consequences for these things happening. It is important that we have this document should any further incidents occur as we move forward.”
GWU’s ire is being directed in the wrong place. The University should be protecting the reputation of its students who were wrongfully maligned, rather than rewarding campus radicals who are always looking to suppress or distort conservative activism.
UPDATE at 10/9/07 7:43:08 pm:
The leftist/Islamist students who perpetrated the fraud come clean: Seven GW students admit to hanging controversial posters.
A group of seven GW students sent an e-mail to The Hatchet late Tuesday night admitting to hanging hundreds of controversial posters around campus early Monday morning.
The students - Adam Kokesh, freshman Yong Kwon, senior Brian Tierny, freshman Ned Goodwin, Maxine Nwigwe, Lara Masri and Amal Rammah - said their motives were misinterpreted. Students for Conservativo-Facism Awareness hung the posters in opposition to Islamo-Fascism Awareness Week, an event being held beginning Oct. 22.
Kokesh, a graduate student and Iraq War veteran, gained celebrity over the past year because of his vocal opposition to the war. Nwigwe and Rammah are also graduate students.
“It is to our great dismay that the student body and the media missed the clear, if subtle, message of our flier: the hyperbolic nature of the flier was aimed at exposing Islamophobic racism,” the e-mail said.
Posters hung around campus read, “Hate Muslims? So do we!!!”
Tracy Schario, a University spokesperson, said that the University Police Department is still investigating the incident.
“At a minimum, these flyers violated the posting policy and did not properly use the University logo and they posted flyers without permission,” Schario said. “That’s, at a minimum, the offense.”
Islamo-Fascism Awareness Week is being held at GW and sponsored by the Young America’s Foundation, a conservative student group. It will feature several speakers - including controversial conservative author David Horowitz - slated to discuss radical Islam.
One-hundred and forty two colleges nationwide will host the event, according to its Web site. Horowitz is organizing the week.
“While the poster, even if taken seriously was not intended to cause any real harm, the systematic and glorified type of racism represented by this event is being imposed upon us from dangerous divisive outside forces” the e-mail said.
In the letter, members of the organization said their intent was to shed light on the week - which they called racist.
UPDATE at 10/9/07 9:57:10 pm:
Adam Kokesh, one of the students responsible for this fraud, is part of IVAW (Iraq Veterans Against the War) and is infamous for being prosecuted for wearing his uniform at an anti-war protest: Is Adam Kokesh The New Cindy Sheehan?