Over at Pajamas Media, Reut Cohen has an important article showing the recent anti-democracy rant of a San Diego Muslim Student Association (MSA) officer. The student urged Muslims to sit out the 2008 elections, arguing whoever wins "will subjugate our brothers and sisters. And they will certainly support Israel in killing our brothers and sisters. There is no ‘lesser of two evils' here. They are both greater evils."
The posting and the student's personal web pages were taken down after the IPT highlighted them.
As Cohen succinctly points out, such comments shouldn't surprise people who follow MSA activities, which have "gained notoriety for radicalism on North American college campuses."
Cohen knows what she's talking about, being an alumnus of UC-Irvine, home perhaps to the most extreme MSA chapter in the nation, and having focused on radical activities on college campuses for some time now:
"Despite the disturbing behavior that Muslim Students Associations have engaged in throughout North America, they are in good standing with universities across the United States. Various MSA chapters have brought anti-Semitic, anti-American, and even homophobic speakers to campus. While the MSA has the right to exercise their First Amendment rights, it is unwarranted that such a hateful organization abuses university resources and even solicits student government funding — paid for in part by tuition dollars — to engage in their vile behavior."
She notes that the MSA was created by Muslim Brotherhood members in the United States, financed by Saudi Arabia, tied to the Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development and organizer of a host of radical rallies and fundraisers.
And she cites the MSA Starter's Guide: A Guide on How to Run a Successful MSA, and its call for MSA chapters "to Islamicize the politics of their respective university. …The MSA needs to be a more ‘in-your-face' association."
The problem is MSA's near monopoly on Muslim student activity at many campuses. Anecdotally, she recounts students she met who seemed moderate until becoming active in the MSA. "These students, who were initially amicable and reasonable, grew increasingly radical as they became more immersed in MSA activities," Cohen writes.