The Dumbing-Down of Due Diligence at Canada's Huron College
by Winfield Myers • May 11, 2011 at 10:57 am
In an important new Campus Watch essay, Canadian journalist Barbara Kay exposes the Muslim Brotherhood affiliated organizations behind the donation of $2 million to found a new chair in Islamic studies at Huron University College, a Canadian institution affiliated with the University of Western Ontario.
For various reasons, some quite innocent, many Western universities are keen to establish Islamic Studies programs on their campuses. And for various other reasons, some quite pernicious, Islamist organizations are keen to see Islamic Studies programs established at Western universities. To this end, allegedly to foster "understanding" of Islam, the latter are eager to establish Islamic Studies programs with boodle of such heft and shininess that salivating committees tasked with the decision of whether to accept or refuse the gift throw caution to the winds. But closer inspection of certain controversial donor groups might suggest that their real agenda is twofold: Islamist colonization of the institution, and image-laundering.
One such potential scenario may be in progress at Huron University College, an affiliate of Canada's prestigious University of Western Ontario (UWO). Huron offers undergrad degrees in a variety of majors, as well as post-baccalaureate and professional degree programs in theology. The College has recently accepted a $2 million endowment for a new Chair in Islamic Studies within the College's historically Anglican Faculty of Theology. Most of the money will be provided by the Muslim Association of Canada (MAC) and the Virginia-based International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT). The IIIT contribution amounts to around half the endowment.
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