Prince Alwaleed bin Talal is the generous fellow from Saudi Arabia who offered New York City ten million dollars after 9/11. The money didn’t come without strings — New York was to help promote greater understanding about Islam — so Mayor Rudy Giuliani told the prince that he could take his money and go home.
But not everyone in America is as principled as Rudy, and the Saudis have been busy over the last few years endowing chairs and establishing study centers at universities across the length and breadth of the Great Satan.
Georgetown University has been one of the beneficiaries of Prince bin Talal’s largesse, and the institution that was once a light of Jesuit learning has become a propaganda arm of the Umma.
Christine of Vigilant Freedom reports on an event later today at Georgetown sponsored by the Prince Alwaleed bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding:
In yet another Saudi propaganda event (carefully coordinated with the PBS series Crossroads), the Prince Alwaleed bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding at Georgetown University and Washington Post Magazine are co-sponsoring “What it Means to be Muslim in America.” This is unabashed propaganda — speakers include well-known and well-paid Saudi shill John L. Esposito (Founding Director of the Prince Al etc. Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding), Salman Ahmad, Pakistani born rock musician, Imam Yahya Hendi, the Muslim chaplain at Georgetown University, Sherman A. Jackson, professor of Arabic and Islamic Studies at the University of Michigan, Ingrid Mattson, President of Islamic Society of North America, and Hadia Mubarak, head of the Muslim Student Association.
According to their website and the full page advertisement in Sunday’s Washington Post (your petrodollars at work), “This diverse panel will look at four distinct and potentially competing definitions of Muslim identity: Islam as a moral compass, a political agenda, a spiritual journey and a culture apart.”
This is what it feels like to have the media, government and academic institutions occupied by a foreign power. You can be sure that the left, the Islamists and the media will pack this event. It has been assigned as homework to students at Georgetown University. Please attend if you can, and ask questions if possible. As always, be polite but firm — and focused on the background of the speakers’ organizations, their foreign funding, or their political agendas.
Time: 4:00 — 5:30 pm
Place: Copley Hall Formal Lounge, Georgetown University, Washington, DC
For more information, see the Georgetown calendar.
See Christine’s post at the Vigilant Freedom blog for more information about how to submit questions in advance, and for some of the extensive questions she is submitting.