Last fall, Professor Akbar Ahmed, Ibn Khaldun chair of Islamic studies at American University, appeared on media outlets including The Daily Show and CNN and said America's Founding Fathers admired Islam. I disproved this view in a detailed, heavily documented article. Widely linked, the article garnered a response written by Prof. Ahmed's research fellow, Frankie Martin, which appeared in the Washington Post last November.
Martin used so much ad hominem and invective in his article — directed towards me — that Daniel Pipes' Campus Watch wrote that Martin's piece was an "intemperate — one might even say hateful — attack."
Ad hominem and invective are frequently used as an attack on civil debate so as to divert discussion away from the facts. So Mr. Martin, I have some more facts.
Professor Akbar Ahmed's own CV and bio conceal his work with a global Islamist movement known as the Islamization of knowledge. The movement maintains international seminars, conferences, and summer student programs. These events are organized by the International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT), which was founded in 1980 and has headquarters in the United States and satellite offices in the United Kingdom, France, Saudi Arabia, Bangladesh, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Nigeria, and Pakistan.