- The Washington Times - Thursday, October 25, 2007

Conservative students at George Washington University say opposition won’t stop them from bringing David Horowitz to campus tonight for Islamo-Fascism Awareness Week.

“Liberals will always try to force you to cancel events. I’ve been threatened on campus. I’ve been accused by the administration of disrupting student life; others have spit on me,” said Sergio Gor, a GW senior and president of the campus chapter of Young America’s Foundation, or YAF.

“We’ve had David Horowitz here four times before and because we’re elevating awareness for Islamic fascism, that is why we’re getting so much attention,” Mr. Gor said.

Mr. Horowitz speaks at 8 p.m. at GW’s Marvin Center as the culminating event of Islamo-Fascism Awareness Week, which produced an uproar earlier this month when opponents posted hoax fliers at the Foggy Bottom campus, accusing YAF of promoting hatred.

Islamo-Fascism Awareness Week is a nationwide event, and has provoked protests at several colleges and universities this week. Monday at the University of California’s Berkeley campus, protesters repeatedly interrupted a speech by Nonie Darwish, founder of Arabs for Israel, while Mr. Horowitz’s speech at the University of Wisconsin was interrupted by a former lecturer at the school known for promoting September 11, 2001 conspiracy theories.

Ibrahim Ramey, director of the human civil rights division for the Muslim American Society, said the event’s organizers are promoting “an agenda of anti-Islamic hatred.” But Mr. Ramey said “people have free speech and have a right to criticize Islam.”

Mr. Gor said he expects a sold-out audience for the Horowitz speech, and YAF doesn’t mind opponents attending the event.

“It always adds an interesting dynamic to an event when someone gets up to ask a question and they have no idea what they’re talking about. It is a part of the discourse that we’re trying to bring to campus,” Mr. Gor said.

“We will have strict security in place to make sure nothing happens. There have been threats against some of the conservatives involved in this event and that is why we are taking this seriously.”

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