In the wake of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, North American universities scrambled to meet the sudden demand for courses on Islam and the Arab language. A good idea, if only on the principle that we, as westerners, should know the enemy we face.
No surprisingly, the Islamists thought the same way, although, arguably, they've been more crafty in seeing the necessity of working against the West from within. To that end, money has been flowing into Islamic Studies programs from Muslim sources with a view to spreading the Islamist cause. The Islamists appear to have taken a leaf from the Soviet KGB in regarding the academic world as an entry point into gaining influence over western institutions and having access to young minds that might be bent toward the Islamist cause.
Of course, not all academics are willing to sell out their western heritage. Unfortunately, university administrators are more amenable, as National Post columnist Barbara Kay explains in a brilliant expose on the doings at Huron University College, an affiliate of the University of Western Ontario.
She points out that the college recently accepted a $2 million endowment for a new chair in Islamic Studies within Anglican Faculty of Theology. Most of the money, she says, will come from the Muslim Association of Canada and the U.S.-based International Institute of Islamic Thought. Both organizations have ties to the Muslim Brotherhood, which is "universally acknowledged as the root of modern Arab-Muslim fundamentalism, and the source from which al-Qaeda and other terrorist groups draw their inspiration and validation."
Kay cites documents seized from the Brotherhood in 1991 outline a strategic plan for the eventual elimination of Judaic-Christian culture in both Canada and the U.S.: "The process of settlement is a 'Civilization-Jihadist Process,' with all the word means. The Ikhwan (the Muslim Brotherhood) must understand that their work in America is kind of a grand Jihad in eliminating and destroying the Western civilization from within and sabotaging its miserable house."
So why, you might ask, would Huron College do this? Read Kay's account to find out.