Horowitz had become an early champion of the outraged right, showing a keen ability for spotting minor flares in the culture wars and showering them with the appropriate dose of gasoline. His was a grab bag of evil-liberal targets that would soon make up the hit lists of better-known conservatives like Ann Coulter and Glenn Beck.

The Freedom Center's annual Restoration Weekend, a white-meat gathering of right-wing notables, featured such prominent speakers as Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum. Horowitz became a regular on the lecture circuit and Fox News.

His message was designed to incite. Take his 2006 book, The Professors: The 101 Most Dangerous Academics in America, which sought to out the instructors polluting the nation's youth with un-American bias. His logic wasn't built from the finest mortar; the Boston Globe called it a "one-sided screed" that simply targeted "professors who hold political views different than [Horowitz's] own."

In the late ’60s, David Horowitz (far right) was a member of the New Left and editor of Ramparts magazine.
Courtesy David Horowitz Freedom Center
In the late ’60s, David Horowitz (far right) was a member of the New Left and editor of Ramparts magazine.
Former MSA president Anwar al-Awlaki and a few others give Horowitz all the cover he needs.
Muhammad ud-Deen/Wikimedia Commons
Former MSA president Anwar al-Awlaki and a few others give Horowitz all the cover he needs.

But that wasn't really the point. Like most on both the left and right fringes, Horowitz's primary goal was starting fires, hoping they'd burn bright enough to reach the news cycle, where the propaganda points are earned.

Republican sugar daddies took notice.

Benefactors like Richard Mellon Scaife, publisher of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, wrote checks to Freedom Center coffers. So did the Bradley Foundation, which also backed well-known conservative institutions such as the Cato Institute and the Heritage Foundation. In 2010, Politico reported that Horowitz personally took home a total of $461,000 in salary and benefits during the previous three years.

Yet the polemicist's profession is a crowded one. It's difficult to break through the noise when your competition has its own syndicated radio shows and prime-time news slots. So Horowitz found a reliable niche by standing bullish on Israel.

In 2007, he began providing conservative college students with starter kits to hold their own Islamo-Fascism Awareness Week. Horowitz would parachute onto campuses across the country, promoting documentary screenings and appearances by Freedom Center speakers. He showed students how to conduct sit-ins at Women's Studies departments to protest feminism's silence on Islam's oppression of women. According to the center's website, the festivities have been held at 114 schools.

He followed up by purchasing an ad in the New York Times proclaiming "The Palestinians' Case Against Israel Is Based on a Genocidal Lie." Another ad likened boycotts of Israeli products to the first step toward Nazism. He even began to argue that the White House had been infiltrated by extremists, in a Freedom Center publication titled "The Muslim Brotherhood in the Obama Administration."

His work could easily be dismissed as braying theatrics, '60s radicalism re-engineered for the conservative sensibility. "The way that he approaches all of this is very much still in the strategies and rhetoric of the Berkeley left," says Eli Clifton, a writer for the Center for American Progress who profiled Horowitz as part of a report on groups involved in spreading Islamophobia. "It's very much the same hardware. They've just changed the software."

But sometimes Horowitz does more than burnish a nugget of truth into a rockslide of indignation. Sometimes — as in the case of Florida State — he's actually right.

The Murderous Few

Somewhere in a CIA bunker, algorithms spit red-flagged names linked to jihad. More than a few Muslim Student Association alumni are among them. They include everyone from bit players in bungled terror plots to those who've left sizable fingerprints in recent history. These are the names that Horowitz plasters throughout his ads in college newspapers.

Born in America to Yemeni parents, Anwar al-Awlaki served as president of the MSA at Colorado State in the late '80s. Though he reportedly walked a moderate line in Fort Collins, the post-9/11 Awlaki would become one of the most popular clerics in the Muslim world.

His jihadist rallying cries beamed via Internet from Yemen, sprinkled with references to "Joe Sixpack" and other bits of Americana, became must-see screeds for the young and violent. He swapped e-mails with Nidal Malik Hasan, the U.S. Army psychiatrist who turned his gun on fellow servicemen at Fort Hood in 2009, leaving 13 dead. Officials also believe al-Awlaki was the puppeteer behind Umar Farouk Abdulmutalla, the would-be terrorist who failed to ignite an underwear bomb on a flight to Detroit in 2009.

Al-Awlaki became the first U.S. citizen to rank on the CIA's kill list. A drone strike in Yemen took him out last year.

Omar Hammami, crowned the "Jihadist Next Door" by the New York Times, grew up feeling ostracized as a Muslim in a small town in the Bible Belt. He was president of the MSA at the University of South Alabama before dropping out in 2002.

After heading overseas and rechristening himself Abu Mansoor al-Amriki, Hammami became the media face for al-Shabaab, a Somalian insurgency group now affiliated with al-Qaeda. Besides appearing in recruitment videos, al-Amriki recorded rap songs with a jihadist message. He recently earned a spot on the FBI's most-wanted list.

Ali Asad Chandia was a third-grade teacher at a Muslim school in College Park, Maryland, when the feds booted in his door in 2003. The Pakistan native was eventually handed a 15-year sentence for providing support to Lashkar-e-Taiba, a Muslim extremist group focused on liberating Kashmir from India. The organization is responsible for numerous attacks on military and civilian targets, including the coordinated attacks across Mumbai in 2008, when 164 people were massacred.

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the.david.wilson
the.david.wilson

"As revealed in documents seized by the FBI and entered as evidence in a Texas court, the Muslim Students Association is a legacy project of the Muslim Brotherhood.[1] The Brotherhood is an organization formed by a Hitler-admiring Muslim named Hasan al-Bannain Egypt in 1928.[2] It was designed to function as the spearpoint of the Islamo-fascist movement and its crusade against the West.The Brotherhood spawned al-Qaeda and Hamas.[3] Its doctrines make up the core of the terrorist jihad conducted by organizations such as Islamic Jihad, Hezbollah, Hamas and the government of Iran.[4] Its agendas have been clear since its creation: infiltration, subversion and global terror with world conquest as the goal.…To establish one Islamic state of united Islamic countries, one nation under one leadership whose mission will be to reinforce adherence to the law of Allah...and the strengthening of the Islamic presence in the world arena....The goal...is the establishment of a world Islamic state.[5]"""Founded by members of the Muslim Brotherhood, MSA was named in Mohammed Akram’s 1991 memorandum as one of the Brotherhood’s likeminded “organizations of our friends” who shared the common goal of destroying America and turning it into a Muslim nation. These “friends” were described by the Brotherhood as groups that could help teach Muslims “that their work in America is a kind of grand jihad in eliminating and destroying the Western civilization from within and ‘sabotaging’ its miserable house by their hands ... so that ... God’s religion Islam is made victorious over all other religions.”[13]"Sura 9 verse 5 and 29But when the forbidden months are past, then fight and slay the pagans wherever ye find them, and seize them, beleaguer them, and lie in wait for them in every stratagem (of war); but if they repent, and establish regular [Islamic] prayers and practise regular charity, then open the way for them: for Allah is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.Fight those who believe not in Allah nor the Last Day, nor hold that forbidden which hath been forbidden by Allah and His Messenger nor, acknowledge the Religion of Truth from among the People of the Book, until they pay the Jizyah with willing submission and feel themselves subdued.

Timmy
Timmy

For those who have not been following this thread, Westword deleted a post of mine which was totally factual but critical of Islam and non-Muslims who defend Islam. What is so incredible about this is that Westword, supposedly the hipsters, the tatoo wearing, pierced, stand up to the establishment, blah blah blah, crowd, are cowards when it comes to the topic of Islam, they bow and scrape before Islam just like the rest of the liberals. There is no Westword where Islam gains any sort of control, they crush alternative youth. You should be ashamed of yourselves, truly pathetic. Restore my prior post, man up.

dcCU
dcCU

MOST PEOPLE DO NOT CHOOSE THEIR GODS, THEY CREATE THEM! not my words, crs speaker/writer of quote, apologies.....

rockymissouri1
rockymissouri1

Horowitz sounds like a smarmy little creep...... Just another common bigot.

Philo99
Philo99

To accept islam as a legitimate religion is to condone a cultural terrorism on women, gays, and anyone that believes in freedom from religion.

Tolerance of others beliefs does not mean we have to accept hate groups such as muslims. Until muslims learn to treat women as humans, they should never be accepted.

dcCU
dcCU

It is important to bring attention to such personalities as Horowitz, as you have so informatively done with your thorough research, to make aware to others that may not see thru his manipulative and coercing tactics. The power of language. Words create and destroy. When people with exceptional vocabulary, communication, and psychological skills are paid propagandists, and of the select few that are allowed to abuse freedoms of speech and morph opinions into freedom of hate speeches, those people are inciting violent and/or riotous acts; there should be some sort of repercussions. There is certainly a charge for it within the field of criminal justice and law enforcement. It is men like Horowitz that take the maxim "all's fair in love and war" to a different level, becoming catalysts, in the least, for those such as Anders Brevik that are motivated to action to kill because of fallible arguments that perpetuate non-truths as racist gospel. Brevik is the extreme so the world has been made aware of him, yet more damage spreads with the embers of flame that spark to fuel fires of fear and hate and so goes the slow burn spreading hate and killing more than Brevik ever could.

HorowitzOwning
HorowitzOwning

What an absolute joke of an article. Horowitz incenses the whackjob left because he exposes their bullshit and hypocrisy at every turn, many times using their own tactics that he learned as said former whackjob. Exposing radical Islamic jihadists shouldn't be a left or right issue; unfortunately many on the left have taken on the mantle of defending radical Islam, even as their behaviors and actions completely contradict their stated crusades (gay/women's rights anyone?) As Swenson correctly pointed out numerous times in the article, Horowitz is spot on in what he's exposing. And, of course, it's still those pesky right-wing "islamophobes" that are to blame for the violence:"After Anders Breivik launched an attack on a Norway youth camp that left 77 dead last year, police found a manifesto he penned on the "Islamic Colonization of Europe." Spencer was cited 162 times; Geller was mentioned in 12 instances."Don't you just hate it when Christians go on fucking killing sprees after anti-Christian and anti-Jesus "art" and propaganda like "Piss Christ"? Yeah, me too. The sentiment in the quote sounds familiar, though.....kinda like that 300-view youtube video caused the "protests" in Libya too, right?

Timmy
Timmy

It is so pathetic to see naive non-Muslims in the West defend Islam. Doing so PROVES that you do not have the first clue what Islam is or who Muhammad was. If anything you have a kindergarden understanding of the whole world, just wanting to get along with everyone. Allah hates you, Islam hates you, it has utter contempt for you. To merely recite truths again here would be a waste of time, your mind is closed, your mind is made up, but you are wrong. Modern naive liberalism in the West is destroying the West, allowing Islam within our borders will destroy the West, there is zero chance for any other outcome. PLEASE take the time to learn the truth about Islam, don't waste your whole life on earth, however much longer you live, being a fool on this subject. A good place to use to start your learning is to check www.thereligionofpeace.com each day. Watch the jihad attacks daily, read the historical articles, start, at least, to learn the truth about Islam. In defending Islam and Muhammad you are defending an ideology and history of destruction that makes Hilter and the Nazis pale by comparison. But again, whatever I say you will just roll your eyes and smirk. PLEASE, stop that, wake up, learn the truth.

dcCU
dcCU

and what about RUBY RIDGE IDAHO? Randy Weaver was a decorated Vietnam veteran. the FBI wanted him to infiltrate the Aryan Nation and he said NO. so the FBI set him up and an undercover informant asked him to saw off a shotgun to an illegal limit and he did it thinking UC agent was friend. so they again asked him to spy on the Aryan Nation and he said NO. Weaver was blackmailed for sawing off shotgun, the FBI staked out his place for over a year at a cost of $3million. FBI shot his 13yr old son in back, killed his dog, shot and killed his wife in face while in doorway holding newborn baby! and then FBI paid him a measly $3million for his losses BE WARY OF ALPHABET SOUP agencies and the KOOL-AID they serve to wash down!

dcCU
dcCU

you believe the FBI? One incorrect salacious fallible document from one undercover informant in FBI stating that David Koresh was having sex with girls under sixteen caused the deaths of many civilians that were practising their choice in freedom of religion. Janet Reno brought out tanks on her own people! This incident is what Timothy james McVeigh was incensed about and therefore plotted and succeeded in bombing the FBI building in Oklahoma City! Now the incident at WACO was a gun grab only they succeeded by killing a lot of people. Koresh had a massive arsenal along with his followers so the FBI wanted to take him out and they did horrendously firebombing children as well.

Timmy
Timmy

@dcCU But you will still be the first one to grab a prayer rug and crawl around on the floor five times a day under Islam in order to save your skin. Christians who actually know God will refuse to submit to Islam and therefore be persectuted and killed.

Timmy
Timmy

@rockymissouri1 Some smamy little creep must have been too stupid to respond to my comment at the beginning of this thread so they flagged it and got it deleted instead. If you think Horowitz is a bad you should learn about Muhammad, he married a six year old girl still playing with dolls and consummated the marriage when she was nine.

rockymissouri1
rockymissouri1

@Philo99 All religions have their extremes.....Fundamentalist evangelical Christians are just as nasty as any Taliban.....Same thing with the Zionist settlers...

dcCU
dcCU

you must be listening to misinformation because true Islam gives women more rights than American women when dealing with issues such as money and property in marriage. Divorce is even conducted in true Islam. You speak of Islam like there are no factions of the group and you spread hate and incorrect info not even knowing what ur talking about. Prejudice sterotypes are inflammatory! you should put ur ass on ur shoulders its probably smarter thatn your head. and TIMMY wth are you reading? Each Western religion:  Christianity, Judaism, and Islam have sectors that are extreme. Keep blowing that hot air and maybe you can move the rock ur living under!

Timmy
Timmy

@Philo99 The worst thing about Islam that should get people in the West concerned about Islam even more than their treatment of women, gays, or non-Muslims is that from birth Muslims are not allowed to leave Islam! Their own MOTHER will kill them if they say they don't believe in Islam and Muhammad! What kind of sick demented hell that gets mothers to kill their own children can possibly be defended by Westerners? Islam is more like an army and anyone who quits is a deserter who must be killed. Well freedom of religion, freedom FROM religion as you like to put it, is eliminated by Islam. So any Muslim in America right from the start can't subscribe to the CORE foundational principle of what America is. Yet even so-called conservatives in the West are living in some sort of crazy bizarre fantasy land where they believe Islam can be integrated into American society. Islam has no place in America at all, the only thing America should do is take ex-Muslims, Muslims who want to escape Islam but who would be killed in any land where Islam exists. America can be an island of freedom for them, unless we allow Islam to spread here, then there will be no place for them to run.

the.david.wilson
the.david.wilson

@dcCU You should do some research on the MSA, who founded them and what the Muslim Brotherhood (one of Obama's favorite allies) thinks of them.

dcCU
dcCU

@Timmy @dcCU christians and muslims and jews have persecuted others for centuries ever heard of the CRUSADES? and for you to denigrate the way a religion prays and use as sarcastic slander shows ur under the influence of something that has taught you to name call and persecute others. ummm i dont think they crawl un prayer they prostrate.and ur statement on christians...killed what u r saying essentially is thta islam will rise and defeat christians, you dont know me,u dont know what i would will do. ur a name caller that cant even argue as a adult. go smoke some more weed u dumb stoner. WAKE UP!

rockymissouri1
rockymissouri1

@Timmy @rockymissouri1 Sounds like the problem is not with Islam.....it is with YOU. Perhaps you should think about that.........

dcCU
dcCU

really? I think thats what you might want to do!

Timmy
Timmy

@rockymissouri1 Your comment is literally insane, but it isn't your fault, you just don't know the truth about Islam. That is a shame. Do you know that Muhammad was a terrorist? Do you know that Muihammad raped, killed, stole, lied, married a six year old girl? The so-called extremist terrorists are actually following the example of Muhammad! Do you know that there is a DEATH PENALTY for leaving Islam? Please read articles at www.thereligionofpeace.com and educate yourself so that you won't continue to make such silly comments.

Timmy
Timmy

@dcCU You are delusional. Learn the truth about Islam and quit making a fool of yourself.

Timmy
Timmy

@dcCU @Timmy I am having too much trouble getting comments to post. I would love to respond to your bizarre rantings but just can't waste any more time with this website and the sluggish forum.

dcCU
dcCU

thank you!

dcCU
dcCU

@Timmy god bless america! jesus mary and joseph! bloody hell! how u have so much info?did u manage to escape the claws of islam? ur just hateful and uneducateed BIGOT may the powers help you see thru ur misery and grant you some peace from the demons haunting and controlling you. i will pray for you? do you prefer me prostrated islam style? or on my knees as the catholics do? or shall i lie in bed and pray? or stand on my feet at the wailing wall? which prayer method will work most effectively? none? all of the above? are u agnostic? atheist? satanist? what your deal?

Timmy
Timmy

@rockymissouri1 Tragically you are completely detached from reality. But also, in defending Islam you are no different than someone who defended Nazis, and you are spitting on the graves of all those who have suffered under Islam even in our time. No interpretation is allowed in Islam, it is all in black and white, and it is pure evil. But you can just smirk about that and go watch Ellen on TV.

rockymissouri1
rockymissouri1

@Timmy @rockymissouri1 There is nothing wrong with Islam .....only the way some interpret it.. The same way others interpret Christianity into something it is not....

You have a serious problem, and need help.. Your seething hatred betrays you as a fraud.

Timmy
Timmy

@rockymissouri1 That doesn't even make any sense, what are you even trying to say? You are just "emoting" - there is no actual thinking or thought process going on there. Take a look at this website and learn something about Islam so that you won't continue making such silly statements: www.thereligionofpeace.com

dcCU
dcCU

@Timmy @dcCU and neither am i. u dont state ur religion but i presume christian since u make reference several times in comparison, again u must not know the history of christendom interfacing with other religions. maybe ur catholic? still doesnt fly...how many wars have the vatican and pope started funded? ur so confused it is sad u dont even know what ur saying. I AM NOT DEFENDING OR PROMOTING any religion only  freedom of choices and speech. the strongest will survive, its the law of nature. I would not characterize myself as a liberal yet funny how u prejudice against me? did your religion teach you that? DOLT! WAKE UP!

Timmy
Timmy

@dcCU dcCU I am not the founder of a so-called religion that forces people to follow it and which idiots are allowing to spread in the West including America. I would not do that to a child, but Muhammad did. That you don't care about that is the problem here. That you would rather attack me is the problem. You are afraid to say anything bad about Islam because as a liberal you have been brainwashed to attack Christians and respect "the other."

dcCU
dcCU

@Timmy whatever drone! ur a slave and dont even know it! grinding yourself in the dirt! i pity you, how miserable your life must be. sorry dude

 
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