The timing of December’s “Islam Appreciation Week” at University of Wisconsin could not have been worse or more ill timed. On the opening day of the event, a Somalian Muslim at neighboring Ohio State University went on a murderous rampage, driving his car into pedestrians and then chasing students with a butcher knife. Eleven students were wounded before the attacker was killed by a police officer. The swift 1 minute response time of the armed police officer was the reason no deaths occurred.
The occasion is “Islam Appreciation Week”, an event hosted by the University of Wisconsin Muslim Student Association and Wisconsin Union Directorate Global Connection as well as other student associations across the US in the coming months. The two organizations that have put on the event have gotten significant funding from the Saudi Arabian Public Investment Fund, the investment arm of the Wahhabist Saudi government. The administrators at colleges that have the festivities are strongly encouraging women to don traditional Islamic dress such as the hijab to “properly show compassion and liberal values” in a statement emailed to students.
The goal of the “Islam Week” event is to get college-aged men and women to experience firsthand what it feels and looks like to be Muslims. We’ll leave readers to guess where the final destination of this journey is intended to be.
The New York Times described the original MSA chapters as “basically little slices of Saudi Arabia.” The investigative report said that the group received most of its funding from Saudi Arabia, discriminated against women, and “advocated theological political positions derived from radical Wahhabist Islamist organizations.”
The Muslim Student Association (MSA) has roughly 600 chapters across the United States and Canada a large chunk which have directly or indirectly received funding from Saudi oil money. Its stated goal is to “facilitate networking, educating, and empowering the students of today to be citizens of tomorrow’s community”. From the words of Muslim leaders around the world, we can assume that the definition of “tomorrow’s community” includes Wahhabist sharia law under a Sunni Islamic Caliphate.
According to the Investigative Project on Terrorism, “Through conferences and events, publications, websites and other activities, MSA has disseminated and promoted militant Islamic ideologies of Saudi Arabia and Qatar throughout college and university campuses in North America.” A 2007 NYPD report listed MSA as a “radicalization incubator.”
Despite the history of the organization it has been allowed to flourish across public campuses all over North America, pushing its agenda of normalizing Islam and erasing the separation between church and state.