June 19, 2007, - 3:31 pm
By Debbie Schlussel
All last week, your federal and–if you live in Iowa–state taxes went to fund a week-long sensitivity training program for public school teachers in Iowa. And a certain someone–me–was used as the bete noir in the advertising.
University of Iowa professor Corey Creekmur spent last week teaching Iowa’s public school teachers not to believe what they see in the media about terrorists or the war on terror. Terrorists are really very nice people, you see. And we are wrong to call Muslims who blow people up in the name of their religion as terrorists.
And you helped pay for the over $25,000 cost of this school to train 18-20 Iowa public school teachers in Emily Post’s Rules for Making Nice to Terrorists. A lot of psychobabble about understanding these nice people who blow up 3,000 Americans here and countless others elsewhere.
Creekmur and the University of Iowa News Service sent out this press release, lying about my work, in order to get teachers interested:
June 4, 2007
Summer Institute For Teachers Examines Terrorism And The Media June 11-15
In August 2006, conservative political commentator Debbie Schlussel labeled Fordson High School in Dearborn, Mich., “Hezbollah High,” suggesting that its largely Arab American student population might be viewed as terrorists because of their ethnic affiliation with the Lebanese political party then exchanging missiles with the Israeli army.
Schlussel’s remarks were only one minor media event in a series of discussions and conflicts about the legitimate or responsible use of the word “terrorist” in recent history. However, her comments and the ensuing media coverage emphasized the need for teachers to confront the discourse surrounding the U.S. government’s declared “war on terrorism.”
Reality check, Professor Creekmur, since you didn’t bother to actually read the column on which you write: The Principal of Fordson High a/k/a “Hezbollah High,” Imad Fadlallah, is a cousin of Hezbollah Spiritual Leader Sheikh Mohammed Hussein Fadlallah. He’s the one who issued the fatwah that it was okay to blow up our Marines in the baracks, our embassy workers in the Beirut embassy, the Jews and gentiles in the Jewish Community Center in Buenos Aires, Argentina, as well as the Israeli Embassy their.
Principal Fadlallah gave students the day off and extra credit to campaign against Christian candidates running for the Dearborn City Council. He also fired a wrestling coach for being a Christian minister and replaced him with a Muslim. He’s allegedly altered grades for Muslim students. The majority of the student body support Hezbollah and HAMAS and has cheered it on, appearing at rallies for the groups, with Fadlallah’s support. Students from the school were caught lying to police about bulk TracFone purchases, when we know those phones detonate IEDs in Iraq. Fadlallah sanctions unConstitutional Muslim prayers on the football field before games at this public school.
THAT–not their ethnic affiliation, Professor Creekmur, is why I call Fordson High School by the appropriate name, “Hezbollah High.” Get a fricking clue.
This year’s University of Iowa International Programs’ Summer Institute for Teachers is a workshop for middle and high school educators with an overview of issues related to terrorism and mass media. During the workshop, which takes place Monday, June 11 through Friday, June 15, teachers will examine representations of terrorism in a broad range of media including broadcast journalism, popular cinema, literature, video games, Internet sites and comics. UI International Programs and the Center for Credit Programs support the course. . . .
“The subject matter will be difficult, and some of it will be painful to talk about, but it is now necessary to consider how terrorism has invaded every level of our lives, including the popular media that we, and especially our students, consume even when we are seeking escape from the depressing daily news,” said Corey Creekmur, 2007 summer institute instructor. “For most of us terrorism is always mediated, only experienced through the TV, newspaper or Internet. The real focus of the workshop is not on terrorism, but on that work of mediation. That’s why we’re talking to newspaper and television reporters. We’re not asking them what they think about terrorism, but instead we’re seeking to understand what gets labeled and reported to us as terrorism, and who gets identified as a terrorist.”
Creekmur is an associate professor in the departments of English and cinema and comparative literature, as well as director of the Institute for Cinema and Culture in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Creekmur’s research and teaching interests include American literature and film, and he has specific interests in 20th century literature, crime and detective fiction, African American popular culture, film genres and popular music. He is also interested in Indian, especially Hindi, cinema.
“This is a way for us to share our expertise with educators in the state of Iowa and provide a venue for them to discuss current and contemporary issues related to international education and curriculum,” said Buffy Quintero, International Programs outreach coordinator.
I called Ms. Quintero and offered to give the other point of view, and while she feigned interest, they really didn’t want the truth about terrorists and their supporters on our soil to get in the way of their tax-funded propaganda session, which she said cost about $25,000 in public funds to pay for.
Your tax dollars at work.
Is Iowa really still the Hawkeye State? More like the Dhimmi State.
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