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The Holy Land Foundation was once the largest Islamic charity in America — until it was caught violating U.S. law by funneling $12 million to Hamas. Five members of the foundation were handed life sentences in 2009 for the crime.
As part of that investigation, the feds found a memo at Holy Land's suburban Dallas headquarters. It was written in 1991 by a Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas member named Mohamed Akram. The text lays out a comical plot to institute religious Sharia law across America by using "our organizations and the organizations of our friends," MSAs included.
Never mind that in a largely Christian nation, there's zero chance that Sharia law will ever come to rule the land, given its Dark Ages approach to basic rights. Horowitz nonetheless insists that Muslim Student Associations take their marching orders from the memo.
"I see it as a recruitment organization," he says. "Its purpose is first to isolate the Muslim students, to create a Muslim center so they're not going to assimilate into Western values. I know this from my youth in Communist front associations. The idea is you create a group that gathers all the Muslim kids, and then you identify the ones who become leaders. Those are the ones who get positions of power in the organization, and those are the ones who go on to do other Muslim Brotherhood tasks."
Yet there's little evidence that the memo was ever put into play outside of the overactive imagination of its author.
"It's one memo that they found that some crazy guy had written that was never in any way accepted by anyone or implemented anywhere, even by the Muslim Brotherhood," says Haris Tarin, director of the Washington, D.C., office of the Muslim Public Affairs Council. "The idea of American Muslims on college campuses who've never been to places like Egypt having some affinity to the Muslim Brotherhood is absurd."
Still, Sharia law has become a bogeyman for even seemingly sensible conservatives. Two years ago, Oklahoma passed a constitutional amendment — with 70 percent of the vote — banning its use in state courts. For Horowitz, it's a topic that reliably kicks up dust at colleges.
Last January, the Ohio State University student paper ran the same "Where Are They Now?" ad that appeared at Florida State. The Lantern's staff was pummeled with emails and calls from students. Horowitz chimed in from the sidelines, clearly enjoying the furor.
Freedom Center ads are almost a yearly rite at UCLA, where the Daily Bruin regularly receives alternating waves of attacks and counterattacks. One side clamors for a muzzle; the other wants Horowitz to have his say.
"At MSA, we've met with the communications department and made it clear we don't want David Horowitz's ad published," says Haidar Anwar, a UCLA student who serves as president of MSA West, an umbrella group. "We've brought it up to the dean of students as well. But after we met with them, David Horowitz published another ad."
Muslim Hate: A Cottage Industry
If your business involves pissing people off, it's important to have steady reports of success from the battlefront. Each new episode of tumult adds a fresh coat of paint to your image as an effective instigator. That's what funders want to see.
From 2001 to 2009, groups like Horowitz's received $42 million in donations — mostly from large conservative charities, according to the Center for American Progress. All that money provides incentive to sharpen one's attacks.
"These people are very deliberate in how they do things," says Tarin. "Some of them focus on college campuses. Some of them focus on law enforcement. Some of them focus on churches and rotary clubs and senior-citizen homes. It's an industry."
Horowitz swats down any talk about his role in spreading Islamophobia. Because his work is focused mainly on campuses, he can wrap himself snugly in the First Amendment and claim he's just offering another academic perspective. "If you use the words Muslim and terrorist in a sentence or a paragraph, you're an Islamophobe," he says. "That's just an attempt to silence critics, which is what I am. I am not a person who is hostile to Muslims."
But when you start retailing these ideas outside that campus bubble, the chances increase that you'll reach not only a touchy college liberal but also that Panhandle crazy the FBI feared at Florida State. And Horowitz still has an active hand in such wider messaging. Two high-profile names sharing his brainwaves and support are Robert Spencer and Pamela Geller.
As the guy behind Jihad Watch, Spencer is on the Freedom Center payroll. Geller runs a blog called Atlas Shrugs and was a recipient of a Freedom Center award for courage. Together they founded Stop the Islamization of America (SIOA). Both are full-throttled in their excoriation of all things Muslim — so much so that the SIOA has landed on the Southern Poverty Law Center's list of hate groups, along with the Ku Klux Klan and the Aryan Brotherhood.
"I think Horowitz is just coming up to the line of Islamophobia and not stepping over it," says Heidi Beirich, director of the Southern Poverty Law Center's Intelligence Project. "But he's perfectly happy to fund it."
Seems like only sheeple frequent these sites: Your cat, dog or gold fish recognize their enemies instantly even if they never saw them beofre. Somehow, you sheeple (sheep included) do not.
I have many friends that follow the Islam theology. I can tell you that they are either dogs without teeth or raised without any knowledge of their true faith. To understand what I mean, you have to read their good book (s), the Koran, the hadith, etc. Those that do will do exactly as those writings say. I don't expect you sheeple to read them so....have a nice life. BTW: the writers of these types of articles that call themselves journalists, turn you against "Eye opening " activities of others as its is quite easy to steer sheeple. It used to be done with dogs as sheep herders. Now its journalists with their own agenda, whatever that is.
If you haven't noticed, we are fighting these people around the world. Have a nice day...........
Quran - Surat At-Tawbah 9:5
And when the sacred months have passed, then kill the polytheists wherever you find them and capture them and besiege them and sit in wait for them at every place of ambush. But if they should repent, establish prayer, and give zakah, let them [go] on their way. Indeed, Allah is Forgiving and Merciful.
By the way Zakah is the tax all non-muslims must pay, or face death. They love killing people who are not muslim.
I agree with most all details presented in the article; but from the other side of the "fence". David Horowitz appears as a reasoned and dignified activist. And a hero. Bravo David and keep spot lighting terror trainees and their male supremest outlook.
I'd rather have 1000 Muslims living in my neighborhood than 1 zionist jackass like the 'former radical' David Horowitz. Also, I greatly doubt Horowitz was truly any sort of 'radical' back in the day. Much more likely he was simply a govt plant who accused others of hate and criminality when in truth it was (and still is!) Horowitz who's engine burns on racist hate.
@kp.ryan Your Zionist jackasses make up only .035% of the entire global population, less ignorance please.
What an ass hat. Not all muslims are out to destroy anything not muslim. Some of my best friends happen to be muslim and are just like everyone else, although one was very tempted to leave the country thanks to nimrods like Horowitz.
The fact is, IF they were all against the USA, there are enough of them here to have actually done something. There are even a few in Congress. Yet, nothing happens. Why is that? Because they are just trying to live their lives.