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Preaching 'Islamophobia' to the Choir at Saudi-Funded Georgetown
by Andrew E. Harrod
"I don't have any desire to debate Robert Spencer….I would never give someone like that a forum," Hofstra University Professor Daniel Martin Varisco declared at Georgetown University on February 26, 2014. Addressing the Prince Alwaleed bin Talal Center for Christian-Muslim Understanding (ACMCU), Varisco's equally flawed outlooks on Islam and intellectual inquiry had disturbing implications for modern academia.
Prior perusal of the opening pages of Varisco's 2007 Reading Orientalism: Said and Unsaid did not raise hopes for his briefing "Khutba vs. Khutzpa: Islamophobia on the Internet." In this book, Varisco analyzes leftwing intellectual Edward Said's Orientalism and its legacy, expressing agreement "with most of Said's political positions on the real Orient." Varisco reveals his discipleship of Said with condemnations of post-World War II United States having "become by stealth and wealth the neo-colonial superpower" in which a "neocon clique…engineered the wars" not just "against" Iraq but also Afghanistan. Varisco's one-sided estimate of historical harms includes a "PhD cataloguing of what the West did to the East and self-unfillfulling political punditry about what real individuals in the East say they want to do to the West."
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