Middle East studies in the News
Philly Lawmaker Wants 'Hate Speech' Professor Punished [incl. Kaukab Siddique]
State Sen. Anthony Williams, D-Philadelphia, wants Harrisburg to officially condemn a controversial professor for his "treacherous hate speech," specifically regarding his recent remarks about the massacre at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida.
In June, a gunman opened fire inside the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, killing 49 and injuring 53. Siddique sparked outrage and anger for saying, among other things, the media did not give ISIS enough credit.
Siddique has a history of riling people up with offensive statements, particularly on his Facebook page. In no particular order, he has (per FOX43):
• Made references to the "homo lobby" and "dirty Jewish Zionist thugs."
• Said "many women are sluts" in regard to the Bill Cosby scandal.
• Denied the Holocaust.
Williams' memorandum was introduced in June; however, no official resolution has been introduced. The Senate reconvenes on Sept. 26.
This isn't the first time Williams has attempted to urge Lincoln University to punish Siddique. Last year, Williams wrote a letter to Interim President Dr. Richard Green, asking him to discipline the professor for using his "public platform of social media to express his private views on homosexuality, sexual violence against women and the Jewish community."
In the past, Lincoln University has condemned many of Siddique's rants, but also said that he's "entitled to express his personal views in conversation or in public forums, as long as he does not present such opinions as the views of the University."
Lincoln University did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the memorandum Friday afternoon.Note: Articles listed under "Middle East studies in the News" provide information on current developments concerning Middle East studies on North American campuses. These reports do not necessarily reflect the views of Campus Watch and do not necessarily correspond to Campus Watch's critique.
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