The Lantern publications committee disagreed with them. A faculty adviser for the student paper confirmed that “the adviser and co-chair of the publications committee agreed that the ad did not violate [their] policy.” A Muslim student at OSU contributed an editorial to The Lantern defending the right to freedom of speech and pointing out that the magazine’s editors have no control over the advertising. But then she wrote, “If there’s someone we should all be mad at, it’s Daniel Greenfield who wrote the pamphlet.” Interestingly, none of the student complainants is mad at the listed terrorists or the MSA for breeding them, only at the Freedom Center for bringing this to people’s attention.
David Horowitz noted that “this attack on the messenger instead of addressing the facts is the standard operating procedure of the terrorists and their apologists, who include leading liberal organizations like the Center for American Progress.” (The Soros-funded Center for American Progress released a report late last year – “Fear Inc., The Roots of the Islamophobia Network in America” – attacking the critics of jihad as “Islamophobes”; numerous FrontPage writers have exposed and discredited it).
This is the usefulness of the concept of “hate speech” for such opponents of free speech as al-Akhras: when faced with the irrefutable truth – in this case the documented connections of MSA leadership to violent jihad – they simply claim to be offended and denounce it as “hate speech.” End of story. No debate. No acknowledgement of the facts. Instead of addressing the content of the ad, al-Akhras and its other critics simply seek to shut down the truth as “hate.”
Furthermore, Jana al-Akhras’ indignation and accusations of hate speech reek of hypocrisy. According to the Jawa Report, she is the daughter of Ahmad al-Akhras, former National Vice Chairman of CAIR, the Muslim Brotherhood front group posing as a civil advocacy organization. The Brotherhood is devoted to the elimination of Western civilization.
Two years ago al-Akhras was on a Viva Palestina caravan bearing supplies and hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash to Hamas in Gaza. She appeared on Al-Jazeera discussing the caravan, which met with several Hamas leaders including known terrorists. Also on the caravan was Mohammed Soltan, president of the Ohio State Muslim Student Association and son of international terror sheikh Salah Soltan. The convoy members met with a number of Hamas officials, including the Hamas representative in Lebanon, and Musa Abu Marzook, the deputy leader of Hamas and a designated terrorist. They were also greeted by Hamas spokesman Talal Nasser and the political bureau head of Hamas himself, Khaled Mishaal.
Perhaps if Jana al-Akhras is so intolerant of hatred, a good place to begin condemning it is in the Hamas charter itself, which openly promises the extermination of Israel. Or she could condemn the Muslim Brotherhood’s open Jew-hatred and its subversive plan for destroying America and Israel. She could even start with the baby step of questioning why the Muslim Students Association spawns so many “bad apples.” But that would require acknowledging the truth.
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