In a report written for Campus Watch and published today at FrontPage Magazine, Eric Golub reveals yet another conference held by the Center for Near Eastern Studies at UCLA that offered intellectually homogeneous fare, this time in the form of apologias for Islamist "charities."
A conference at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) on April 16, 2010, offered "Critical Perspectives on the Criminalization of Islamic Philanthropy in the War on Terror." Co-sponsored by the UCLA International Institute, the Critical Race Studies Program, and the UCLA Journal of Islamic and Near Eastern Law—and including speakers from UCLA's Center for Near Eastern Studies (CNES)—the conference proffered the usual apologist fare.
It was also an echo chamber. Of the approximately 30 people in attendance, 20 of them were academics. Several students showed up, in addition to the usual assortment of aging leftist revolutionaries.
The thrust of the conference was simple: The war on terror has led to a crackdown on Muslim charities, which has had a chilling effect on Muslims by rendering them unable to engage in Zakat (charity), one of the five pillars of Islam.
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