Saturday, June 22, 2013

Another teacher accused of anti-Muslim bigotry by Hamas-linked Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)

I know the feeling.  CAIR did the same to me, preventing me from teaching a class at Lane Community College called "What is Islam" because I dared to tell the truth about Islam.  This teacher has made his views known and now faces the wrath of those who want nothing more than the censorship of speech about Muslims or Islam that does not portray it in a glowing light.  His career may be over if CAIR pushes hard enough.  Lets pray that the school stands behind the teacher, unlike LCC  and their refusal to support my free speech rights.

From the Orlando Sentinel June 20 by Denise-Marie Ordway

Islamic group says UCF professor promotes anti-Muslim hate

The Florida chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations is accusing a UCF professor of teaching anti-Muslim bigotry.

Officials with the group sent a complaint to the University of Central Florida asking it to review the content of professor Jonathan Matusitz's courses.

Matusitz, 36, has taught several communication classes at UCF, including one called Terrorism and Communication and another on intercultural communication. He wrote a book titled "Terrorism & Communication: A Critical Introduction" that was published last year.

The council points to a YouTube video of Matusitz as an example of his sharing "Islamophobic" views with students that it says are inaccurate, biased and over-generalized. UCF says that video, which appears to have been taped in a classroom, actually features an "outside-of-the-classroom presentation" that took place in January.

UCF spokesman Grant Heston said the school has received no complaints from students or Matusitz's colleagues about his work.

In the video, Matusitz stresses the link between terrorism and Islamic culture. He also suggests countries should resist the global spread of Islam.

"Why do so many Muslims, relative to other religions, want to kill us?" he asks in the video. "The answer is easy, very easy. It is seven letters: culture."

He also explains that Islam cannot be changed.

"How can you change a movement in which you have 1.5 billion members? It's impossible," he says. "We just have to resist it and just elect people who are willing just to resist it and just be true American. That's the only answer. We're not going to change Islam."

Heston said Matusitz was not speaking on behalf of UCF, which does not endorse his views.

At this point, the university is not reviewing the professor's lessons or work at UCF.

"Dr. Matusitz expressed his opinion, which is his right," Heston said.

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