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Harsh critic of UNC-Chapel Hill to speak in Chapel Hill, Raleigh

Leftist-radical-turned-conservative-activist David Horowitz

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November 23, 2001


Leftist-radical-turned-conservative-activist David Horowitz will be speaking in Raleigh and at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on Wednesday, Nov. 28. Horowitz, president of the Center for the Study of Popular Culture, has been sharply critical of leftists in higher education prior to and following Sept. 11, and he has been especially critical of UNC-CH.

Horowitz's appearance at UNC-CH, sponsored by the College Republicans, follows several articles on his organization's web site, frontpagemag.com, about the "hate-America left" holding teach-ins at UNC-CH, including a compilation of articles under the headline "UNC-Chapel Hill's Holy War Against America." This compilation declared:

"Recently FrontPage exposed the truth about University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's 'understanding terror' teach-ins -- that the lectures are a cover to spew hatred for America. Our reporting on the crisis exploded on the national scene (U.S. News and World Report, Wall Street Journal, Time, The Associated Press, Rush Limbaugh, G. Gordon Liddy), prompting 1,800 angry messages to various local officials. UNC's student newspaper has attempted to portray the negative press as a vast, rightwing conspiracy. Like Osama bin Laden, UNC-Chapel Hill has invoked the name of God in its ongoing campaign to undermine America's war effort. Wednesday the university hosted an interfaith panel of religious leftists, the third in its series of "teach-ins" opposing the war effort. While the panelists' faiths may have differed, their message was the same: America was wrong to retaliate against those who perpetrated the deadliest terror attack in the nation's history. Panelists included a representative from the the National Council of Churches, the pro-Castro group who advocated deportation for Elian Gonzalez, as well as Rev. Curtis Gatewood, a man whose anti-American rhetoric after the bombings was so extreme that it earned the wrath of NAACP Chairman Kweisi Mfume. Though Chancellor James Moeser has defended the zealots who gathered for the one-sided discussion, David Horowitz has vowed to fight to let other voices be heard. He told the campus paper that 'The University of North Carolina is a one-party school, and I'm going to wage a war to make it a two-party school.'"

Horowitz recently told The Daily Tar Heel that the campus reaction to the terrorist attacks is "the worst American universities have ever been, and UNC is one of the worst," he said.

Horowitz made news earlier this year at UNC-CH and other campuses, including Duke University, with his campaign to place anti-slavery-reparations ads in campus newspapers. Formerly a key advisor and confidant of Panther leader Huey Newton, Horowitz renounced his leftist beliefs in a painful and heart-wrenching odyssey he described in his autobiography Radical Son. He went on to become one of the chief engineers of George W. Bush's "compassionate conservative" crusade.

Horowitz is now dedicated to turning the tables on the left, using their own no-holds-barred style of political warfare to fight creeping socialism, political thought control, and other threats to freedom. His speech at UNC-CH will be held at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 28, in Memorial Hall.

In Raleigh, Horowitz will speak on "Why Campus Leftists Are a Threat to U.S. National Security." The event is sponsored by the John Locke Foundation and will take place earlier that Wednesday at noon at the Brownestone Hotel.

Tickets are $15 apiece, and reservations may be made by contacting the Locke Foundation at 919-828-3876.

 


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