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DAVID HOROWITZ SCORES VICTORIES ON COLLEGE CAMPUSES

David Horowitz
Submitted by Robert R. Eberle, Ph.D.
Feb. 24, 2005

Conservative David Horowitz's effort to bring true academic freedom to American college campuses -- and end the "one party state" of higher education -- is bearing tremendous fruit. Already, Ohio is considering enacting an Academic Bill of Rights and nine other states are also considering such measures. His chief opponents include the ACLU and CAIR (Council of American Islamic Relations). Recently David has been featured on Fox News, MSNBC and other media outlets. Please take a moment to read his urgent letter below.
Thank you.
Bobby Eberle
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Robert R. Eberle, Ph.D.
President and CEO, GOPUSA

Center for the Study of Popular Culture DAVID HOROWITZ, PRESIDENT & FOUNDER

Dear Fellow American,
Our nation is facing a prolonged and perilous war with international terrorists bent on our destruction. Yet, a class of university students in Colorado -- a conservative state -- was given a mid-term exam with an essay question that told them to "Explain Why George Bush Is A War Criminal."

When a student taking this exam wrote an essay on "Why Saddam Hussein Is A War Criminal" instead, she was given an "F." Since when do highly controversial -- let alone extremist -- questions have only one correct answer? From the standpoint of educational values and training America's future leaders, American universities have never been in worse shape. Single-answer essay questions, commonplace now in American higher education, are just one of myriad problems on our campuses today. For example:

    • Students taking ROTC and attending class in the uniform of the United States military - including female students - are regularly told by their own professors that they are "baby killers."
    • At Ball State University in conservative Indiana, a "peace studies" course called "Introduction to Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution," amounts to an indoctrination for students to sympathize with our enemies. The lecturer isn't even qualified to teach the course - he's a saxophone professor! Students who voice opinions that differ from his are quickly silenced.
    • At Duke University, weather terrorist Katherine Whitehorn, who served 14 years for bombing the Pentagon in the 1970s, was brought to campus in 2003 by the Black Students Department as a "human rights activist." The previous year, the same university paid Professor Sami al-Arian to keynote a symposium on "National Security and Civil Liberties."
    • Six months earlier, appearing on the O'Reilly Factor, host Bill O'Reilly exposed al-Arian's public statements calling for "Death to America" and "Death to Israel" and said, "If I were the CIA I would follow you everywhere you go."
    • Duke University apparently considered this a recommendation to give al-Arian an academic platform. Al-Arian is currently in jail having been indicted by the Justice Department as the North American head of Palestine Islamic Jihad, responsible for the suicide bombing murders of more than 100 innocent civilians, including several American citizens.
These horror stories reflect the capture of American universities by political ideologues who have no respect for academic institutions or for the country they live in. But their unchallenged reign is about to end.

Until now, universities have been like the weather. Everybody complains about them, but nobody knows what to do. Thanks to the Center for the Study of Popular Culture and its creation -- Students for Academic Freedom -- this situation has now begun to change. You can help me and my campaign for Students for Academic Freedom by Clicking Here Now.

We know about the incidents in Colorado because they were included in testimony before the Education Committee of the Colorado legislature, which held public hearings about the abuses of students at universities in the state. The hearings were called in connection with legislation modeled on the Academic Bill of Rights, a document I authored for our campus organization, Students for Academic Freedom.

The Colorado bill, sponsored by Colorado Rep. Shawn Mitchell, passed the education committee in March. As a result, the presidents of all the public universities in Colorado met to agree on a "Memo of understanding," a document that serves successfully to ensure the protections of our Academic Bill of Rights is reflected on Colorado's campuses.

These protections include guaranteeing intellectual diversity at Colorado institutions of higher learning, making sure that students have access to books that challenge university orthodoxy and that funds for student activities and guest speakers be fairly distributed to ensure a representation of diverse points of view.

A short time later the Academic Bill of Rights passed the Senate of the State of Georgia by a vote of 41-5. Senator Eric Johnson was the sponsor of the Georgia Bill. Legislation based on the Academic Bill of Rights is now moving in seven other states, as well as the U.S. House of Representatives, sponsored by Congressman Jack Kingston of Kentucky.

At Brown University and Brooklyn College, the concept of intellectual diversity has been included as part of the campus diversity program. All these victories were made possible by Students for Academic Freedom (SAF), an organization sponsored by the Center, which has grown to 140 local chapters on 140 campuses across the United States over the past 12 months. The creation of SAF is a major part of our dynamic National Campaign for Academic Freedom. Over the course of the National Campaign for Academic Freedom I have traveled to more than 250 schools to bring this topic to the forefront of campus debates. I've met with legislators, school alums, regents, administrators, community leaders, and individuals as concerned as I am with the state of our colleges and universities. And, of course, I've met with students who have embraced this campaign because they recognize they deserve more than half an education.

I've sought to engage groups and individuals in this campaign because, as I mentioned before, I believe it is one of the most important issues facing our nation's future ... and we're seeing real success. We have shown we can change the university world. We need your help to do it. There are fifty states and several thousand campuses. We have come up with an idea that works. We have created an organization that can do it. We need your financial help to hire more campus organizers; to create more informational literature for our student members; to publicize what we have done and recruit more support.

Will you help me today and support our National Campaign for Academic Freedom? I can tell you that we run a tight ship at the Center, so a contribution of $20, $25, $35, $50, $100 or more right now will go a long way toward making this campaign even more successful. You can help me and my campaign for Students for Academic Freedom by Clicking Here Now.

Our budget of $235,500 can be reached if I am able to engage the support of Americans like you who realize that it is vital to bring genuine academic freedom back to our campuses.

In fact, if you will make a contribution of $40 or more today, I will send you a copy of our booklet Indoctrination or Education? -- a pamphlet that tells the whole story of how the left has taken over America's campuses. Plus if you donate $40 or more I'll also send you a copy of my new book, Unholy Alliance: Radical Islam and the American Left. It's already sold out in many bookstores across the country, but I still have copies reserved for you. This is a value of almost $30 with shipping free.

I have one last story to tell you, but before I do, I want to emphasize that our National Campaign for Academic Freedom is precisely that - a battle to end the one-sided indoctrination process that goes on at our schools and open the door wide to all possibilities, all theories, literature, history and the like.

With that in mind, I want to close by telling you a story about part of my visit to the University of Colorado at Denver. At one point, I found myself walking down the hallway of CU-Denver's Political Science Department. On nearly every door and on every bulletin board were cartoons demeaning President Bush and members of his administration ... anti-war, anti-Republican, anti-conservative cartoons and messages flourished.

Now for a moment try to imagine being a student walking down that hallway, seeking a professor, looking for advice. If you were a student who didn't agree with these postings you would naturally be intimidated. It shouldn't be this way. It is not too much to expect professors to act professionally. A doctor, for example, doesn't ask you if you're Republican or Democrat before making a diagnosis. You trust he'll be professional. We have a right to the same type of trust on our campuses.

I know it is possible, and I know that our Academic Bill of Rights will act as a safeguard for that type of professionalism. And we will all benefit from the intellectual freedom these Rights will guarantee.

So, I encourage you again, to join with me in this important campaign. Please take a moment to sign your Academic Bill of Rights Endorsement and make a special contribution of $20, $25, $35, $50, $100 or more if possible, to our campaign right now. And remember, with your contribution of $25 or more today I'll send you a free copy of our booklet, Indoctrination or Education?

But act today. We need your support. Thank you. God bless you and God bless America. You can help me and my campaign for Students for Academic Freedom by Clicking Here Now.

Sincerely,
David Horowitz,
President & Founder
Center for the Study of Popular Culture

P.S. Take a moment to make a contribution to our National Campaign for Academic Freedom. We have a right - and students and professors have a right - to expect professional behavior on our campuses. An Academic Bill of Rights will guarantee it. Thanks again. Click Here Now to Help.


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