By Koty Neelis
Two self-described former terrorists, Walid Shoebat and Kamel Saleem, will be speaking on campus, hoping to make students gain more awareness regarding the issues with Islamic terrorism and the Israel-Palestinian conflict.
The event, which is sponsored by new RSO group International Conservatives, can be seen at Miller Auditorium on March 10 at 7 p.m.
“We believe that college campuses do not do an adequate job of educating students about this very complicated issue but it is of paramount importance to us as a nation because we risk losing everything if we fail to meet this threat,” Chris McCann said, president of International Conservatives.
Shoebat and Saleem now work for the side of peace by speaking out against Islamic terrorism and educate others about what encourages such terrible acts of violence.
McCann wants students to attend the event to get a different perspective than what the public media offers.
“Mr. Shoebat and Mr. Saleem both have amazing stories that offer deep insight into this world, and having had spiritual epiphanies that led them to realize that they were on the side of evil makes for a powerful narrative. We need to hear from people like them because they are the only ones who have lived as terrorists and who are willing to speak honestly about their experiences and their motivations. As students we hear a lot from ‘experts’ who offer explanations for terrorism that Walid himself has said show how little the West understands,” McCann said.
Shoebat was a member of the Palestinian Liberation Organization and committed many acts of terror, according to his Web site. Since his conversion to Christianity over 16 years ago he feels it is his responsibility to inform Americans of the threat fundamentalist Islamic views hold on Americans.
Shoebat has appeared on CNN, Fox News, and a number of other media outlets.
He has written several online books including “Dear Muslim, Let Me Tell You Why I Believed” and “Israel, And The World’s Mock Trial,” where he exposes anti-Semitism and the hatred of Jews in
both the Islamic Christian and secular worlds.
“This event is about trying to promote peace and protect freedom. This isn’t a liberal issue, this isn’t a conservative issue, this isn’t even an American issue because Islamic terrorism threatens the whole world,” McCann said. “This is an issue about freedom, and whether or not we are willing to stand up for our freedom. This event is not anti-Islam; it is against the mindset that thrives in parts of the Muslim world that can lead people to commit acts of terrorism.
We can either stand up for freedom as our grandparents did against Nazi Germany, or we can try to appease groups like Hamas, Islamic Jihad, and Hezbollah; which I believe will only serve their goals and is not in the interest of America, Israel, or freedom anywhere in the world.”
Tickets to the event are free. To reserve a ticket contact Chris McCann at InternationalConservatives@yahoo.com.