June 19, 2007, - 3:31 pm

U of Iowa’s Anti-Schlussel, Terrorist Sensitivity Training Camp for Teachers

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.


Iowa Hawkeyes Respect Their Terrorists

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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23 Responses

I often wonder if the people who have turned a blind eye to the hatred and murder committed by the muslims will awaken when they hear the screams of their loved ones when the head chopping starts here? I will never understand why some people refuse to acknowledge the evil that is growing right before their eyes. The terrorists could care less what word you use to describe their actions. While these teachers search for Utopia the terrorists advance towards their goal of world domination.

newinnewark on June 19, 2007 at 3:57 pm

Vouchers! Now, more than ever… VOUCHERS!!!

spiffo on June 19, 2007 at 4:09 pm

Imam Dremali of Cedar Rapids has some unfortunate links to Sami Al Arian, the recently convicted Dr. Rafiq Sabir, and the guy who stole nuclear materials from a Canadian University and may have been behind the recently exposed JFK plot Adnan Shukrijumah.
Iowa polls have behaved disgracefully, as is detailed below, and Iowa Da’wa efforts have had some success.

sonomaca on June 19, 2007 at 5:32 pm

I imagine the Corey Creekmur’s of this world run these “re-education” sessions sans opposing opinions.
Imagine how different the outcome would be if Debbie Schlussel, Robert Spencer, Dr. Andrew Bostom or Hugh Fitzgerald registered under pseudonyms and attended any one of these Creekmur-esque sessions to present some uncomfortable opposing views.
Armed with specific facts, any one of these exceptional anti-jihadists provide enough ammunition to dispel fantasies the Corey Creekmur’s inveil upon the utopian ignorant.

justamomof4 on June 19, 2007 at 6:59 pm

Now you all know why I didn’t want to go to college. There’s your answer.

Squirrel3D on June 19, 2007 at 10:14 pm

Buffy (love that name; perfect for such a moronic liberal): when your new friends, the Islamofascists, come for your kids, you can tell me about “tolerance” for opposing views and maybe, then, I’ll believe in your sincerity. Until that time, however, we all know you are a guilt-ridden white liberal, an acolyte of multi-culturalism, rabidly politically-correct in all aspects of your daily life, in thrall of OwlGore and the new “global warming” religion — basically, exactly the type of person who would kiss-up to jihadists, to show them how “tolerant” you are, at least right up to the instant your head is separated from your body, when you just might have a “mind-altering” experience (you should pardon the pun; or maybe not — I couldn’t care less).

theendisnear on June 19, 2007 at 10:32 pm

What amazes me is how liberal, White Infidels believe THEY are qualified to determine which muslims speak for islam. How do they know that the terrorists have “hijacked” the religion, and that they aren’t actually the true representatives of islam?

steve ventry on June 20, 2007 at 12:51 am

Creekmur may not realize it, but the Muslims are laughing their asses off at him, what an idiot lib!
Did I miss it? Where is the word ISLAM?
This type is a nightmare. Talk, talk, talk…no substance.

CarpeDiem on June 20, 2007 at 6:14 am

Well, publicity is publicity. The more they talk about you the more hits you’ll get on this site. I was cluless a couple of years ago, just your plain old mushroom (I’m sure I don’t have to explain what that implies).

John Cunningham on June 20, 2007 at 9:05 am

You know, I always wondered what it was like to live during the height of McCarthyism, and thanks to some of the people who post on this site, I now have a good idea. Oh no, there’s a commie..err..terrorist hiding in every bush!!

D*Rek on June 20, 2007 at 2:15 pm

If D*Rek had lived in 1938 England, he/she/ would have said the same thing about exposing those poor innocent Nazis and that nice Mr. Hitler. I saw footage of him petting his dogs, so he’s probably a very caring man.

stevecanuck on June 20, 2007 at 2:54 pm

D*Rek, would you please consider answering a very specific question for me? Since the Qur’an says allah ado al kafareen (God is the enemy of infidels – 2:98), why wouldn’t a devout Muslim feel it incumbent upon himself to follow suit? If your god is my enemy, then surely you must be as well. Mish kidda (not so)????
That question also works for allah la yeheb al kafareen (God does not love infidels – 3:32)

stevecanuck on June 20, 2007 at 3:00 pm

For starters we are not dealing with the Nazi’s here. They don’t have a war machine, they don’t have the resources to wage anything close to an invasion (not to mention they have no way to get here with an invasion force).
We’ve been hit twice on our homeland in the last 15 or so years. That hardly constitutes the mass hysteria that seems to be filling not only boards like these, but also our politics.
As to your other point, nobody on this earth follows everything their religious book says. I mean, when is the last time you saw a Christian kill his neighbor because he was working on the Sabbath? Now, there are some who pervert what the religious text says (Islam has groups like Al Queda, while Christianity has people like Eric Rudolph and Jim Jones).

D*Rek on June 20, 2007 at 3:07 pm

Ok, now we’re getting somewhere. You said, “nobody on this earth follows everything their religious book says.”
That, in a nutshell, is your biggest lack of understanding about Islam, because the Islamist DO follow everything in the Qur’an. Do you know how the Qur’an came to be and what it represents? Assuming a “Why, no. No I don’t. Please educate me” response, here’s the very abridged version of how the Qurían came to be:
In approximately 610 AD, a 40-year-old semi-literate merchant name Mohamed (that probably wasnít his birth name) began telling people that God, via the angel Gabriel, chose him to receive His final revelations. Fast forwarding to Mohamedís death in 632, it was decided that the entirely verbal teachings of God as told by Mohamed should be written down ñ hence the Qurían. Since everything was related in Arabic, the Qurían is believed to be the WORDS OF GOD VERBATIM. There is no ìKing Jamesî version of the Qurían, and it certainly canít be, as some have hopelessly suggested, ìre-interpretedî.
If you compare it’s style to the bible, you’ll find the bible is almost all story with very little actually sermonizing, whereas the Qur’an is nothing other than one very long, repetetive and tedious sermon by God. He intended it to be COMPLETELY followed – that’s the whole friggin point of it. God didn’t spend 22 years lecturing us through Mohamed just to have us pick through it and only take the bits we like. Get a clue DRek, this is nasty stuff and they ALL believe every ugly word of it.

stevecanuck on June 20, 2007 at 4:54 pm

You are right that we are not dealing with Nazis – the terrorists are more dangerous than Nazis. They hatred is religious and they have 1 billion+ co-religionists and if only 10% turn islamist that makes 100 million terrorists.
As to a war machine, Iran is a terrorist led and terrorist sponsoring nation which will have nuclear weapons in the near future. Its leader boasts his intention to destroy Israel and the US.
This is not a conventional war. The invasion is going on now under the noses of our “border security”. Many terrorists are already in this country.
You can bury your head in the sand like an ostrich and pretend there is no danger, but your ass WILL feel the heat when these animals nuke a city near you.

WillPower on June 20, 2007 at 4:57 pm

You need to do a serious reality check if you think the threat posed by terrorists is greater than the threat the Nazis posed. That is probably the single stupidest statement I have ever heard.

D*Rek on June 20, 2007 at 5:41 pm

With your head buried in the sand, you must be talking through your ass.
Consider – if I am wrong, all I will be is wrong; if you are wrong, you will be dead.
Enjoy your misplaced naivete!

WillPower on June 20, 2007 at 6:59 pm

D*Rek, ole bud: You said: “For starters we are not dealing with the Nazi’s here. They don’t have a war machine . . .” Hate to tell you, ole bud, but they don’t NEED a “war machine.” A few well-placed suitcase nukes (NY, LA, Chicago, San Fran, Atlanta) and the country is brought to a virtual stand-still. A few willing suicide murderers with conventional explosives and automatic weapons (malls, theaters, schools, JFK Airport, Ft. Dix, NJ), and you bet your ass our casual, easy-going lives will be altered forever (seems like 9/11, and everything that went before it, has failed to do the job).
You said: “We’ve been hit twice on our homeland in the last 15 or so years.” And that of course is due entirely to dumb luck; nothing in the way of precautions taken (not “mass hysteria,” as you inaptly put it) has had anything to do with not being hit, in a serious way, since 9/11. I also find it hilarious that you consider it to be “hysteria” when normal people are concerned about their lives, and the lives of their families and friends, being taken by absolute fanatics who appear to know no boundaries in their expressed desire to kill all “infidels” (that’s you, bud), whenever and wherever the infidels are found. Looks like you see only what you want to see, my friend.
I’d go on here, about the nature of the Religion of Perpetual Outrage, it’s “holy” book, et al., but Steve has already done a great job in answering your questions there. I highly recommend that you read anything by Robert Spencer if you truly have a desire to learn about Islam and its modern proponents — even the imams won’t debate him on their own religion or even the Q’uran, as he is far more knowledgeable on those subjects than they.

theendisnear on June 20, 2007 at 7:23 pm

D*Rek –
Seriously, as “theendisnear” already said, read something by Robert Spencer. I recommend his post called “Islam 101” – it’s at the top of the page on Jihad Watch and it’s an excellent overview IMO.
As far as “mass hysteria” – I don’t see what you are talking about at all. The “hysteria” I’ve seen would be the muslims over the Mo cartoons, the Pope’s comments and now currently over Salman Rushdie’s knighthood – now that is hysteria!

CarpeDiem on June 21, 2007 at 2:44 pm

My mistake – “Islam 101” is written by Greg Davis, not Robert Spencer. It’s still great – top of page on JW.

CarpeDiem on June 21, 2007 at 2:52 pm

Seize the Day: You’re absolutely right about “Jihad Watch.” I can only read through Mr. Spencer’s website every once in while, actually, otherwise it’s just so damn depressing, reading about all the insane crap going on with our “friends” of the RPO — it’s unending, disgusting, ultimately suicidal (which they don’t care about, of course), and is fanaticism “in extremis.” Regardless of where in the world the jihadists strike (multiple times per day, it seems), all roads lead back to Iran, about which something will have to be done, and real soon, if we hope to continue to exist — that’s all there is to it, I’m afraid.

theendisnear on June 21, 2007 at 8:57 pm

i never liked ragheads and think we should deport all of them back to jihad land.if they won’t go willingly shoot them.

BRUCE on April 10, 2012 at 6:40 pm

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