The prominent anti-Islam author and activist Nonie Darwish needed security to protect her at Georgetown University this week after pro-Islam protesters presented a threat of disruption.
Georgetown invited Darwish as a guest of the university’s College Republican group, giving a talk titled “Women in Sharia” sponsored by the Clare Booth Luce Policy Institute, an organization that promotes conservative women leaders.
However, pro-Islam protesters held a demonstration outside the event, handing out flyers accusing Darwish of anti-Muslim bigotry, requiring her to hire security to enter and leave the event.
Darwish, who was born in Egypt and brought up under repressive Sharia Law, is a prominent critic of Islam, describing it as an “authoritarian ideology incompatible with free society.”
The event also triggered opposition in the university’s student publication, The Georgetown Voice. Aly Panjwani, a student activist against “Islamaphobia,” lambasted the university for giving Darwish a “platform to spew her hateful and violent views on Islam,” adding that she has “no academic credentials on the topic,” despite being a survivor of a brutal Islamic regime.
Speaking to Breitbart News, Darwish said: “The supporters who came to hear me told me that they were harassed and given flyers that called me names such as ‘racist’ and ‘islamophobe’ and that I should never be allowed to speak because they claim that I speak ‘hate’ speech.”
“I am always stunned by the callous nature of how progressive students view Sharia’s oppression and death threats to us, former Muslims who live under fear. They have been desensitized to accept Sharia as something that is not harmful,” she continued.
Michelle Easton, President of the Clare Boothe Luce Policy Institute, said, “This is a woman who spent 30 years living under Sharia law in Cairo and Gaza before finally escaping to America—only for some to attempt to oppress and silence her in the ‘land of the free.'”
Darwish’s talk was also part of a promotion of her latest book Wholly Different: Why I Chose Biblical Values Over Islamic Values. She has previously written titles including Now They Call Me Infidel: Why I Renounced Jihad for America, Israel, and the War on Terror, and Cruel and Usual Punishment: The Terrifying Global Implications of Islamic Law.
The incident echoes outrages on campuses internationally. In an incident particularly reminiscent of Darwish’s experience, a former Muslim activist received a death threat after being invited to speak at Goldsmiths University in the UK.