Last Month, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, President of Iran (an official state sponsor of terror according to the US government), visited and spoke at Columbia University in New York. Ahmadinejad was greeted with enthusiasm by many students there. “After sitting through Bollinger’s rebuke (the university president listed many of Iran’s human right atrocities), Ahmadinejad rose to applause, and after a religious invocation, opened his remarks by objecting to the scolding, saying it was insulting to be spoken about that way.” (FoxNews story) I was shocked that such a clearly evil man was given such a warm welcome at one of our nation’s universities.
Fast forward about a month and this past weekend students at Columbia University held a very vocal protest of “a speech by conservative author David Horowitz…The rally was held to show disapproval over Horowitz’s visit” (Students Hold Rally Against Pundit’s Speech). Horowitz had come to the university “to talk about extremist Islam.”
Now I had heard Horowitz’s name before, but I wasn’t exactly sure who he was. So I decided to do some research to see if I could figure out why he was welcomed by protesters while Ahmadinejad was welcomed by thunderous applause. In the chart below I have summarized information I found regarding Horowitz and contrasted that with information on Ahmadinejad.
|David Horowitz||Mahmoud Ahmadinejad|
|“an American conservative writer and activist.”
“He is the editor of the conservative website FrontPage Magazine”
“He founded the activist group Students for Academic Freedom”
“He occasionally appears on the Fox News Channel as an analyst.”
“an opponent of affirmative action policies, as well as reparations for slavery”
“strongly supportive of the war on terror and the war in Iraq”
“Horowitz has rejected what he sees as the intolerance of some Christian conservatives towards homosexuals. While Horowitz disagrees with gay marriage, he believes homosexuals have a fundamental right to privacy”
“did a study titled “Political Bias in the Administrations and Faculties of 32 Elite Colleges and Universities.” The overall ratio of Democrats to Republicans they were able to identify at the 32 schools was more than 10 to 1 (1,397 Democrats, 134 Republicans, 1891 unidentified).”
|“sixth and current President of the Islamic Republic of Iran.”
“became president on 6 August 2005”
“an outspoken critic of the George W. Bush Administration”
“He was condemned, internationally, for calling for Israel to be ‘wiped off the map.'”
“He has said Iran’s nuclear program is for peaceful purposes and has refused to end enrichment despite United Nations Security Council resolutions”
“He has also been condemned for describing the Holocaust as a myth to make ‘the innocent nation of Palestine pay'”
“the Canadian government listed Iran as one of the thirteen worst abusers of human rights in 2006”
“According to Amnesty International, dissidents who oppose the government non-violently face harassment, torture and execution”
on a good note, though, “On 24 April 2006, Ahmadinejad announced that a ruling which prevented women from watching men playing sports in stadiums would soon be reversed”
It’s too bad that the liberal professors and students at Columbia have more tolerance for a murderous dictator than a good, honest man of a different political viewpoint.
In all fairness, there were reports that “the speech generated predominately positive responses from the audience.” And “while the rally included some graduate and undergraduate students, the crowd consisted largely of local residents and activists from the off-campus liberal nonprofit organization The World Can’t Wait! Drive Out The Bush Regime.”