MPAC RELEASES SIX TIPS FOR TACKLING ‘ISLAMO-FASCISM’ EVENTS AT UNIVERSITIES
(Los Angeles - 10/4/07)—The Muslim Public Affairs Council today released a guide for Muslim student and community groups in response to an upcoming series of highly controversial and provocative events on college campuses organized by extreme right wing activist David Horowitz.
Under the banner of “Islamo-Fascism Awareness Week” (IFAW), Horowitz’s Freedom Center is organizing speaking engagements at colleges and universities for the likes of Ann Coulter, Daniel Pipes, Dennis Prager, Sean Hannity, Robert Spencer, Rick Santorium and Wafa Sultan. Organizers are billing the event as the “biggest conservative campus protest ever.” To date, IFAW events have been canceled at a handful of universities, where administrators and student groups called the event divisive and hateful.
MPAC’s guide, entitled “What You Need to Know About Islamo-Fascism Awareness Week”, includes information about the forces behind IFAW as well as a set of recommendations for Muslim student groups encouraging self-restraint in the face of outside agitators.
The guide includes information about the need for student groups to:
demonstrate Islamic ethics and restraint
support free speech
contact campus administrators
talk to other student groups
report hate crimes and hate incidents
MPAC has consulted with MSA National and Muslim student leaders across the country to provide tools for dialogue and constructive engagement with campus administrators and other student groups and to prevent negative fallout from IFAW events.
Founded in 1988, the Muslim Public Affairs Council is an American institution which informs and shapes public opinion and policy by serving as a trusted resource to decision makers in government, media and policy institutions. MPAC is also committed to developing leaders with the purpose of enhancing the political and civic participation of Muslim Americans.