Middle East studies in the News
College Suspends Christian Student for Challenging Muslim Professor [on Areej Zufari]
by Nick Kangadis
From the looks of it, Christians are now being persecuted at indoctrination centers — excuse me, I mean college campuses.
A student at Rollins College in Winter Park, Fla., is claiming that he was suspended for questioning a Muslim professor's assertions about Christianity and Jesus Christ.
Marshall Polston, 20, says that the suspension came about when he challenged his Middle Eastern Humanities professor after she told the class that Jesus was never crucified and that His disciples did not believe He was God.
"It was very off-putting and flat out odd," Polston said. "I've traveled the Middle East, lectured at the Salahaddin University, and immersed myself in Muslim culture for many years. Honestly, it reminded me of some of the more radical groups I researched when abroad."
What allegedly led to Polston's suspension was a complaint the professor, Areej Zufari, filed with the campus dean in which she claimed that Polston made her feel "unsafe." The complaint stemmed from Zufari giving Polston a failing grade on a paper.
When Polston continually asked for an explanation as to why Zufari gave him the failing grade, Zufari reported him to the Dean of Safety.
If Polston's claims are true, this is nothing more than a tactic liberals and other radicals use to shut down disagreement. Because Polston didn't condemn Jesus, as Zufari clearly did, that makes Polston a big enough threat to feel "unsafe."
I don't buy Zufari's claim.
Suspending Polston wasn't enough for Zufari.
According to the Central Florida Post,
The kicker to all of this is that neither Rollins College, nor Zufari, would provide comment for this story. But Zufari, who was supposedly contacted by the Central Florida Post by text message, was apparently upset that she was even being asked about the situation.
Zufari is playing the classic liberal game of claiming victimhood to stop any open conversation. You can have an opinion, or belief, but it must fall in line with whatever belief is being espoused in the room.
I'm sorry, but that is true fascism.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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