Muslim Hunting: David Horowitz's Antagonistic Career

Smear Machine

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 have never been to places like Egypt having some affinity to the Muslim Brotherhood is absurd."

Still, sharia 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.

Ellen Weinstein
Ellen Weinstein
In the late ’60s, David Horowitz (far right) was a member of the New Left and editor of Ramparts magazine.
Courtesy David Horowitz Freedom Center
In the late ’60s, David Horowitz (far right) was a member of the New Left and editor of Ramparts magazine.

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 e-mails 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."

If your business depends on pissing people off, it's important to have steady reports of success from the battlefront. That's what funders want to see. And 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.

"These people are very deliberate in how they do things," Tarin says. "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 mainly focused 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 it's hard to appreciate the distinction, considering Horowitz's track record of insult. Even if he chooses his words carefully, it's the suggestion and innuendo clinging to the bottom side of his rhetoric that gets the job done. And critics have taken note, including Heidi Beirich, director of the Southern Poverty Law Center's Intelligence Project.

"There's no question that there are extremist Muslim groups in the United States. The problem is when it goes from particular extremist to all Muslims," she says. "I think Horowitz is just coming up to the line of Islamophobia and not stepping over it." For that, he has the legions behind him.

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Cassidy
Cassidy

Well, Muslims demonize themselves well enough.  Sure Horowitz is a money-rakin' rabble-rouser but the truth is, while not every terrorist is a Muslim, most are that aren't state-actors.

srjmsbnd
srjmsbnd

Wasn't David Horowitz a paid FBI informer when he worked for Ramparts? and was he recruited because of questions about his parents?

You don't know that is the charm of the police state no one knows until the next revolution when a mixture or revolutionaries and agents storm the old regimes intelligence headquarters and insulate themselves in the halls of power and execute they past associates to hid ethe fact they are snitch agent double-crossers.

I say execute David Horowitz after a quick trial  before dinner or lunch.

iamourhaj
iamourhaj

One correction-- the MSA members listed in the article who "went bad" are a real grab bag and I would suggest not lumping together direct support for Al Qaeda with involvement in local liberation struggles. The tens of thousands of MSA students every year are regular and fairly typical people and the MSAs promote service and positive values. Many are active in interfaith dialogue, especially with Hillel clubs. However, the recent AP articles report how quite a number of such student clubs have been put under police surveillance—based apparently on one student once upon a time joining a conflict or a conspiracy (sometimes with the help of an aggressive agent provocateur). It does not matter if the individual left the club years ago after graduation. The police don’t bother to try to prove any cause and effect—this is their pretext for widespread infiltration, just as they have pretexts for stop and frisks on a huge scale. Media should not make that sloppy police analysis easier, either.

iamourhaj
iamourhaj

Good-- the Voice finally publishes some fairly good articles about the right wing movement that is energetically targeting Muslim Americans and their organizations as if somehow "linked" to Al Qaeda as well as to Kevin Bacon.The truth is that the Muslim community is extremely diverse and its organizations are relatively under-funded. Greater unity will only stabilize the community, and of course will not install some some backward interpretation of Shariah Law in this nation. It would be helpful for that building process, if we Muslims did not to have to dodge media spitballs and police surveillance all the time. Of course, some of our fellow "Americans" just want us out --in the grand tradition of anti semitism, nativism and racism, sad to say.

Quixote3
Quixote3

I wonder how Mr. Horowitz would react if someone sent out a series of little "Gmail confessions" in his name... Would he stand up for "freedom of speech," "satire," and the right to "criticize" people, or would he do what has to be done and call in the Internet cops in New York — who, incidentally, are moving straight ahead with an excellent job of suppressing this form of identity theft, at least when it becomes embarrassing to prominent members of the community — as seen in this case —

http://raphaelgolbtrial.wordpress.com/

alexsullera
alexsullera

Boo hoo hoo. A Jewish man says mean things about Muslims. Ditto for your article of Pamela Geller. When are you going to do articles on all those Muslims and blacks who say mean things about Jews, Asians, gays and women? Far worse than this guy. The media seems to hate uppity Jews. Louis Farrakhan is openly promoted by Jermiah Wright, Tavis Smiley, NAACP, Russell Simmons and thousands of other black civic, religious and student organizations without anyone taking them to task. I don't really agree with Horowitz or Gellers worldview but I like seeing Jews who don't act as house negroes. The left goes bolistic over it. And I say this as a leftist.

TurnToTheLeft
TurnToTheLeft

Please post contact information for David Horowitz; he needs to be flooded with messages from the VOICE nation.

geerterri
geerterri

This is sad. It looks like Horowitz will do anything for publicity. He used to be admired. IMO, it looks like he jumped the shark a long time ago.

p.j.brn
p.j.brn

"Like many of the '60s generation, David Horowitz changed his political coloring over time"....

Not sure how true that. How about "some" for a better stab coming from one who is one of the most who didn't?

alanhw
alanhw

Once a Trot, always a Trot

silkroad
silkroad

First Pamela Gellar, now David Horowitz. Is the Village Village going to continue to give free publicity to crackpots?

robert.cogan
robert.cogan

"Smear Machine" has a better, broader application. I recently searched "obama muslim" and got 48.5 million hits. Aside from insulting the 60+ million voters who chose Obama, such Big Lie hitting, imho, has an adverse turnout selection effect for elections, accounting in some measure, for diminish electoral returns. It invaded and eroded his political capital, measured crudely by vote margin (down from 10+ million in 2008 to about 4 million in 2012.) It weakened him in to point where summer 2010 - 2011 he offered far too much AUSTERITY to get out of the Tea Party Debt Ceiling Strike. Now STRONG REACTION is needed against any severe Depression inducing cuts, especially to Social Security and Medicare. Warning: the Fiscal cliff can turn into a Hostage Job Killing Crisis. Cliff deadline is missed, job "creators" start killing more jobs, Repuglicans shriek "Let us cut your [general welfare entitlements] Social Security and Medicare and we'll agree to a little more taxation on the rich." It's EXTORTION, but, Obama already agreed 2010 2011 to the process and made a bad offer!

Brynmr
Brynmr

@WajahatAli An Islamophobe is one who has an irrational fear of criticizing Islam. @LogansWarning

EddietheInfidel
EddietheInfidel

Yeah, David Horowitz may be antagonistic.... but how many times has he been wrong?... It appears that the author freely admits that he's been right most of the time, despite the spurious claim in the column that he's "broad-brushing" the muslim community.

It's time that people start to admit that there ARE segments of the muslim community that embrace the savage ideology of jihad.

alexsullera
alexsullera

I should add, that blacks and Muslims have been pretty obsessive about demonizing Jews (then later Asians in the former case) starting with Malcolm X through Al Sharpton, Leonard Jeffries, Tony Martin, to Jermiah Wright and Farrakhan today.  It's no big surprise that some formely leftist Jews have returned the favor.  It's very understandable.  Do you expect Jews to take decade after decade of degradation by both groups happily? 

geerterri
geerterri

@robert.cogan According to the SCOTUS ruling in Perry v United States (1935), Congress does not have the right to even consider not paying our legal debts. At all.

I just started a petition on the White House petitions site, We thePeople. Will you sign it? http://wh.gov/5ksN

alanhw
alanhw

@EddietheInfidel what the author says is that, surprisingly, Horowitz is occasionally right.  If he accuses every Muslim and every leftist of terrorism, he's bound to occasionally hit on someone who actually is.  This doesn't change the fact that his method is to simply accuse everyone. 

justbentley
justbentley

@alexsullera

Well, it's good to see that Black folks aren't being left at the back of the bus again! Seems we got ourselves our very own little muckraker!

Can't hold a candle to the original, but with such dim lights, I guess that don't matter none.

Just a heads up though, if you're looking to match Mr. Horrorwits, you ought to try digging up dirt on some other community than toffersfers Black folks cuz see, we ain't really had no leaders since the mid-seventies at best. Nearest we got was Jesse Jackson, and everybody knows he weren't out to help nobody so much as himself.

But then, you indicated at least a partial awareness of how deeply divided our. community is through your employment of the. term "house negro". You misapplied it, but that's not my h of a matter that's

robert.cogan
robert.cogan

@geerterri @robert.cogan Your thought has merit but the subject is complex and it needs clarification as to what specifically you want to have happen. That should be described in a petition. The Preamble of the Constitution is the top of an order of overriding law. Starting with its requirement that the government provide for the common defense AND promote the general Welfare, etc. it's ability to coin money and regulate the value thereof is above even the Amendment prohibiting questioning the validity of the public debt. The ability to coin money and regulate its value are what is pointed out by greenback monetary theorists as a way to sweep aside the entire so called "deficit" problem. "Deficits" are the new "Weapons of Mass Destruction," the big Lie the Republicans have been shrieking to try to win the election and get us to cut Social Security and Medicare. The whole national debt is an accounting contrivance of the 1913 Federal Reserve Act. The U.S. Congress can at anytime create "United States Notes" which are debt free (search wiki on this.) It could use them and their power to both pay off and  reduce the quantity of the national debt, or add to the balances in the SS and Medicare Trust Funds any time it wanted to.  See Ellen Brown, The Web of Debt or Steve Zarlenga The Lost Science of Money, Walter Mosler, The Seven Deadly Frauds of Economic Policy. etc.

robert.cogan
robert.cogan

@geerterri @robert.cogan As a monetary theorist, I read that case a long time ago. I was trying to be helpful. But I see you need no help. I do THINK I understand NOW, after your clarification, what you mean. You want a change whereby "Congress shall pass no bill without fully funding it." O.K do you understand the problems with this? Currently bills  are proposed by subcommittees, approved by majorities of committees, and then go to APPROPRIATIONS committees that have to decide how much can actually be spent on them, GIVEN OTHER PASSED BILLS as well. Also sometimes the bills have to go to conference committees with the other house, which has other bill funding priorites. Also, Tax collections VARY and there are emergency funding needs sometimes. Something more like what you want could occur IF there was a greenback funding mechanism like the authors I mentiones proposed. Goodbye and good luck with your idea.

geerterri
geerterri

@robert.cogan @geerterri 

 It's not all that complex. Once Congress passes a bill, and it gets signed by the President, Congress has a legal obligation to pay for it. ALL of it.  

 Did you bother to read Perry v United States? 

I agree with most of what you said, but you took it rather far afield.

Here's a link to Perry v United States

http://supreme.justia.com/cases/federal/us/294/330/

Here are the highlights:

5. By virtue of the power to borrow money"on the credit of the United States," Congress is authorized to pledgethat credit as assurance of payment as stipulated -- as the highestassurance the Government can give -- its plighted faith. To say thatCongress may withdraw or ignore that pledge is to assume that theConstitution contemplates a vain promise, a pledge having no othersanction than the pleasure and convenience of the pledgor. P. 294 U. S. 351.6. When the United States, with constitutional authority, makescontracts, it has rights and incurs responsibilities similar to those ofindividuals who are parties to such instruments. P. 294 U. S. 352.7. The right to make binding obligations is a power of sovereignty. P. 294 U. S. 353.8. The sovereignty of the United States resides in the people, andCongress cannot invoke the sovereignty of the people to override theirwill as declared in the Constitution. P. 294 U. S. 353.9. The power given Congress to borrow money on the credit of theUnited States is unqualified and vital to the Government, and thebinding quality of the promise of the United States is of the essence ofthe credit pledged. P. 294 U. S. 353.10. The fact that the United States may not be sued without itsconsent is a matter of procedure which does not affect the legality andbinding character of its contracts. P. 294 U. S. 354.11. Section 4 of the Fourteenth Amendment, declaring that "Thevalidity of the public debt of the United States, authorized by law, . .. shall not be questioned," is confirmatory of a fundamental principle,applying as well to bonds issued after, as to those issued before, theadoption of the Amendment, and the expression "validity of the publicdebt " embraces whatever concerns the integrity of the publicobligations. P. 294 U. S. 354.

 
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