Written by Robert Spencer
Please contact Mercersburg Academy, a coed boarding high school in Mercersburg, Pennsylvania; this Monday, December 12, Islamic supremacist Reza Aslan is delivering the "Schaff Lecture on Ethics and Morals" -- a unfortunate choice, given the intellectually dishonest and deceptive Aslan's demonstrably unethical behavior over the years.
Even worse, the lecture notice says:
One of the most unfortunate aspects of the politically correct straitjacket that binds contemporary public discourse is that deceitful mediocrities and intellectual flotsam and jetsam like Reza Aslan, who aren't capable of independent thought or of defending their own positions except with lies and scorn, are lauded and lionized by the clueless and compromised elites, solely because they parrot currently fashionable opinions.
Aslan poses as a modern, moderate Muslim, and fools many; in reality, however, he is a Board member of the president of the George Soros-funded National Iranian American Council (NIAC), a powerful Iranian lobbying group in Washington. Arash Irandoost of the Pro-Democracy Movement of Iran calls NIAC chief Trita Parsi "an intellectually dishonest regime apologist and an unofficial and unregistered lobbyist for the Iranian regime." According to Irandoost, "Trita Parsi contributes to the regime's agenda and serves the interests of those in power in the Islamic Republic of Iran, not the Iranians, nor the Iranian-Americans."
And the Progressive American-Iranian Committee says that when NIAC received funding for various projects from the National Endowment for Democracy (NED), "NIAC's projects were approved and welcomed by the Iranian regime." NIAC coordinated its work inside Iran with Hamyaran, a "government initiated agency incepted [sic], initiated, founded and managed by the Iranian regime." NIAC even lobbied the U.S. Congress to "stop appropriating funds for independent democratic movements and NGOs that were not under Hamyaran or regime's control."
It is no surprise in light of Aslan's NIAC connection that he has tried to pass off Iran's genocidally-minded President Ahmadinejad as a liberal reformer. He has called on the U.S. Government to negotiate with Ahmadinejad himself, as well as with Hamas -- that is, with two of the most barbaric and murderous adherents of Sharia.
Aslan has even praised the jihad terror group Hizballah as "the most dynamic political and social organization in Lebanon," as well as the Jew-hating, women-hating, kuffar-hating Muslim Brotherhood, which is dedicated in its own words to "eliminating and destroying Western civilization from within." Aslan wrote: "The Muslim Brotherhood will have a significant role to play in post-Mubarak Egypt. And that is good thing." If, in 1932, someone had written that "the National Socialist Party will have a significant role to play in post-Weimar Germany, and that is a good thing," he would have rightly been called a Nazi sympathizer.
Aslan has also spoken at events sponsored by the Muslim Students Association, a Brotherhood group, and at an event co-sponsored by the Los Angeles chapter of the Hamas-linked Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), and moderated by the notorious Edina Lekovic, the Muslim Public Affairs Council flack whom Steve Emerson caught lying on national television, denying she was editor of a Muslim student publication that praised Osama bin Laden as a great mujahid. Emerson produced copies of the rag showing Lekovic's name on the masthead as editor on the very same page on which the praise for Osama appeared.
Why should the students of Mercersburg Academy be forced to listen to this lying Islamic supremacist? Please contact Mercersburg's Head of School, Douglas Hale, and politely and courteously ask him either to cancel the Aslan lecture or to allow equal time to a speaker with a pro-freedom perspective. I am confident that if Mercersburg Academy officials had known about Aslan's abject inability to defend his positions intellectually and his many ties to jihadists and Islamic supremacists, they would never have scheduled him to speak in the first place.
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Head of School
You may also wish to contact:
M. Deborah Rutherford
Associate Head of School, Spanish
Assistant to the Academic Dean
Academic Dean, Spanish
Mr. Douglas Hale
Head of School
Dear Mr. Hale,
I became aware today, through media sources, that your institution intends to entertain one Reza Aslan as a featured speaker. This is not problematic as such, as Mr. Aslan is entitled to his free-speech rights, as are we all. But, if the story is accurate, there are some troublesome elements here that should concern any American citizen. To wit:
1. Mr. Aslan is a self-styled agent, working on behalf of the virulently Anti-American, terrorist regime of the Islamic Republic of Iran. He has made statements regarding this regime that are questionable at best and could be (and are) considered mendacious at worst. Additionally, he has made statements in support of organizations that are included on our government's official terror-list. This is a man with an agenda-an agenda that does not represent the best interests of this country, its citizens, and most particularly, our impressionable young people.
2. If the media report is correct, you have chosen to make this a mandatory-attendance event. May I suggest you reconsider this? Making this a requirement implies that you support this speaker's questionable agenda-by forcing your students to hear it. The irony here is that Mr. Aslan speaks for interests for whom force is not merely an alternative but an imperative. You may want to consider the unfortunate parallel to be drawn by concerned citizens from your actions. Is this man's agenda indeed what you support? Is this really how you wish to be perceived?
One further suggestion, if I may: If you insist on going-forward with your presentation, under your present terms, then it is only fair that you invite a speaker on the opposite side of Mr. Aslan's views, imposing the same mandatory conditions. Educated and concerned Americans, people who value the truth, should also have the opportunity to be heard by your students. You owe this to your students and to the reputation of your institution for fairness and academic integrity.
I hope you will consider this as it is intended; a respectful request from a concerned 'Iranian-American citizen.' Thank you for your consideration.