The field of Middle East studies has become the go-to source for bogus studies purporting to demonstrate that America is rife with "Islamophobia." In the latest Campus Watch research, Andrew Harrod reports on a panel discussion at Georgetown University based on one such study and aimed at trying to conflate fighting "Islamophobia" with a host of unrelated--and, at times, diametrically opposed--leftist causes. His article appears today at Jihad Watch:
"Same-sex marriage bans" and "anti-sharia/anti-'foreign law'" bills seek "to disenfranchise historically marginalized groups," according to the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding (ISPU)'s latest "Islamophobia"study, "Islamophobia: A Threat to All." An audience of around fifty at a recent panel discussion on the study at Georgetown University's Prince Alwaleed bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding (ACMCU) witnessed an unconvincing attempt to integrate combatting "Islamophobia" into a broad leftist coalition.
. . . Georgetown labor historian Joseph McCartin—Jesuit employer and Catholic undergraduate education notwithstanding—portrayed anti-sharia efforts as "connected to other regressive policies," such as opposition to abortion and homosexuality. According to McCartin, homosexuals, feminists, and others allegedly targeted by "regressive policies . . . have to stand together" with sharia's defenders. Laughably, in his imagination, the "things that unite us are more important than the things that divide us." Drag queens, burka-clad Muslims, and union workers of the world unite!
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