Daniel Harper at Tufts University reports on how your DHS dollars are being spent:
Regardless of how noble the ends might be, government-funded programs often fail to achieve their stated objective. One such example has resulted in federally funded support of jihadists at Tufts University.
In 2006, Tufts’ Hillel received part of a $1.6-million Department of Homeland Security (DHS) grant to promote “inter-faith and intercultural dialogue.” The program’s intentions are noble and its goals laudable, since it is best to resolve conflict through dialogue.
But this past fall, Tufts’ Interfaith Initiative, “Pathways,” used its federal money to sponsor a dinner and dialogue by Edina Lekovic on “Women, Faith, and Women.”
The problem is that Lekovic is a radical Islamist sympathizer who has gone so far as to defend Osama bin Laden.
A former managing editor of “Al-Talib, a Muslim publication at UCLA, Lekovic was on the masthead when it published an editorial – signed by the Al-Talib staff – praising and defending Osama bin Laden.
The editorial stated, “When we hear someone refer to the great Mujahid, Osama bin Laden, as a ‘terrorist,’ we should defend our brother and refer to him as a freedom fighter; someone who has forsaken wealth and power to fight in Allah’s cause and speak out against oppressors. We take these stances only to please Allah.”
When confronted on national television about it, Lekovic initially denied any participation in the publication. Yet recently, she has admitted her involvement – claiming, however, that her position was insignificant, though it was listed as second highest on the masthead. She furthermore remained on the publication for the next three years and attributed the editorial to a printing mistake.
Edina Lekovic: Truth evader, Osama defender, and DHS-subsidized. Is she coming to your campus next?