Setting The Record Straight
Campus Watch corrects false allegations made against it.
In an exercise in moral equivalency and intellectual relativism masquerading as a call for moderation, Abukar Arman posits that Al Qaeda and its supporters represent a line of thought and action on which Campus Watch occupies the opposite extreme--a supposed mirror image of the murderers for which Arman's piece is an apologia.
Campus Watch coerces no one, limits no professor's ability to speak his mind, has no blacklists, and is not connected with David Horowitz. Nor are Daniel Pipes and Horowitz guilty of the absurd charges Arman levels against them.
CW does not "suppress the emergence of any new paradigm," although Arman falsely conflates the positions of CW and other critics of politicized scholarship and agitprop in Middle East studies with those of terrorists. In doing this, he seeks to defend extremism and the academics who qualify it through their shoddy work. He fails on both counts.
(Posted by Winfield Myers)
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